11th KLF

About 11TH Karachi Literature Festival

Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), the first and by far the foremost literature festival in the country, needs no introduction. It has become an integral part of the social and intellectual calendar of this city and, indeed, of the country. More than 220,000 people attended the festival over its two and a half days last year. And many times that number viewed it, or read about it, or heard about it from friends and on the media.

From its first iteration in March 2010, KLF has garnered enormous interest and debate in the media and among the literary and intellectual communities in the country. It has since become a much-awaited annual event and a landmark in the cultural history of Karachi. It is one of the few events in the country that has received such local and international acclaim.

The eleventh edition of KLF will take place on 28, 29 February and 1 March 2020 at the Beach Luxury Hotel in Karachi. The festival is being organized by Oxford University Press (OUP) with support from several sponsors.

KLF seeks to create an intellectual space in which the diversity and pluralism in Pakistan’s society and that expressed by authors from literary and cultural traditions beyond Pakistan’s borders can be freely accessible to people in an open and participatory manner. It provides a unique opportunity to put Pakistan on the map as a country rich in culture, creativity, and exchange of ideas and opinions. KLF brings together and celebrates Pakistani and international authors writing in many languages, including Urdu, Sindhi, Balochi, English, German, Italian, and French. It features interviews, discussions, talks, mushairas (poetry recitals) in Urdu and English, a book fair, book launches, readings and signings, film screenings, music, dance, theatrical performances, literary prizes, and much more.