First Published in Economic Affairs - Islamabad (March 2014)
KLF, which became a part of Karachi’s social scene in 2010, is a portal to a realm where discourse is welcome and diversity is celebrated. Where elitism gets shunned, and cultural bonds are reinforced.
The 3 day event (7 - 9th February 2014) held at Beach Luxury Hotel welcomed an estimated 70,000 visitors, despite the strike and the perpetually grim backdrop. It comes once a year and is free. Inside it mirrors a miniaturized global village (of sorts) that uses its literary credentials to pay homage to the arts through energizing conversations, steer free flowing ideas to safe harbour and raise the stature of regional languages.
The next Islamabad Literary Festival will be held in April 2014.