Lahore Literary Festival begins at Asia Society in New York

11:16 AM | 7 May, 2016
Lahore Literary Festival begins at Asia Society in New York
NEW YORK (APP) - The Lahore Literary Festival (LLF), which takes place in New York City on Saturday and Sunday, is set to showcase the whole mosaic of Pakistan's cultural creativity including literature, poetry and music.

LLF in New York is being co-presented with the Asia Society, making it the first time a Pakistani literary festival takes place abroad. "We are pleased that what we initiated, the first Pakistani festival of ideas at the Asia Society, is taking place on 7-8 May," Pakistan's UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told APP.

"It all started when I called on Josette Sheeran, the President of Asia Society, and proposed the idea to her. She embraced it enthusiastically and Razi Ahmed of the Lahore Literary Festival made it happen," she added.

On his part, Razi Ahmed, who is LLF's founder and CEO, said, "For four years now, we've had the privilege of bringing some of the most creative and insightful voices in the world to Pakistan's cultural capital to engage with our writers, artists and audiences. We are delighted now to be taking some of Pakistan's finest to the creative capital of the US."

The LLF in New York, part of a three-year partnership with Asia Society, will feature panel discussions that include businessman, philanthropist, educator and former Finance Minister of Pakistan Syed Babar Ali; New York Times columnist Roger Cohen; artist Salima Hashmi; physicist and author Tasneem Zehra Husain; former Foreign Minister of Pakistan Hina Rabbani Khar; actor, director and screenwriter Sarmad Khoosat; journalist and foreign policy author Ahmed Rashid; and author and filmmaker Sadia Shepard.

Asia Society will also webcast the sold-out 2-day ticketed event. The festival will open on Saturday evening with a performance by singer-songwriter Zeb Bangash. It will be rounded off after day-long discussions among participantson Sunday evening with Qawwali by an eight-member ensemble -- the Saami Brothers.

The LLF, founded in 2012, is a non profit initiative incorporated in Pakistan under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. The Asia Society, founded in 1956 by John Rockefeller III, is a non partisan and non profit educational organization that aims at fostering understanding and partnerships between Asian and American people and institutions.

The author is working as Editor Digital Media for Daily Pakistan and can be reached @ItsSarfrazAli.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate against US dollar, Euro, Pound and Riyal - 22 February 2024

Pakistani rupee remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 22, 2024 (Thursday)

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300.2 for buying and 303.2 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.6 for buying, and 354.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.45.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300.2 303.2
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.6 354.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.2 76.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.45 75.2
Australian Dollar AUD 181.15 183.15
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.15 209.15
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.1 209.1
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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