KARACHI: The seed and idea of literature festivals caught on and spread like wildfire in a forest where it seems that fuel of parched trees was waiting for it.
These thoughts were expressed by Ameena Saiyid, Founder, and Director Adab Festival Pakistan, at the closing ceremony of first Adab Festival Pakistan.
The three-day Festival (AdabFest) featuring writers, poets, showbiz figures and journalists concluded here on Sunday.
On the third & last day of AdabFest, thousands of literature lovers attended the festival. People of all ages attended the festival, including avid readers, writers, academics, and literary figures from across Pakistan and the world for the 3rd day of the festival, which began on Friday at the Sindh Governor House, Karachi.
Addressing the participants at the closing ceremony, Ameena Saiyid said that AdabFest was a unique event but hoped it would not remain so. “For me, AdabFest is a movement to spread peace and harmony through expression: that is through books, dialogue, debate, art, music, storytelling, and dance and through watching, listening, and asking questions”, she said.
In his concluding remarks, Founder & Director of Adab Fest Asif Farrukhi said that these 3 days were full of magical atmosphere with discussions, book launches, theaters, dramatic readings, music and
through all this, a wonderful answer was given to all those who were against the magnificent backdrop of this monumental location.
He said this was made possible by the efforts of a very small team. He apologized for all the shortcomings and said that the real triumph is the way we managed to do anything at all against all odds
as it took us a very painful route to reach here.
CEO Getz Pharma, lead sponsor of AdabFest, Khalid Mehmood in his concluding speech said Getz Pharma always played its role to support literature and preserving our cultural heritage, as envisioned by our founding fathers for a peaceful and progressive country. “Our support
as lead sponsor of the Adab Festival is part of the larger mission of encouraging tolerance, dialogue and nation building without which neither the industry & the economy nor other institutions can sustain and prosper.”
Promoting arts: KP govt to setup art gallery in Peshawar
ISLAMABAD: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has decided to set up an art gallery in Peshawar at a cost of Rs 200 million.
A spokesman of provincial government said the government has completed the master plan of the gallery that will be equipped with state of the art facilities.
Cultural centers will also be established at all divisional headquarters of the province to promote the regional cultures and facilitate artists, the spokesman added.
Salima Begum nominated for UK Alumni Award 2019
ASTORE: Renowned educationist, Salima Begum of Gilgit Baltistan (GB) has been nominated for prestigious UK Alumni Award 2019.
The nomination has been made due to her accomplishments and efforts for improvement of education system, implementation of environmental friendly projects in educational institutions, promotion of education among children, empowerment of women by giving them opportunities and identity.
It is worth mentioning that Salima Begum was also nominated for Global Teacher prize for her meritorious services. She belongs to Oshagandas village of Gilgit and has done MSc Education from Institute of Education London.
Urdu Cultural Day celebrated in Paris
PARIS: The second edition of Urdu Cultural Day was celebrated by the French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) here.
Visitors highly appreciated the exotic display of Pakistani culture, music, and poetry. A photographic exhibition of Pakistan’s rich cultural and architectural heritage was also part of the event.
A large number of students, teachers of INALCO, members of French civil society and media persons attended the cultural day. Ambassador of Pakistan to France H. E. Moin-ul-Haque was the chief guest at the event.