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India’s Javed Akhtar to attend Faiz Festival in Lahore this weekend

07:10 PM | 15 Feb, 2023
India’s Javed Akhtar to attend Faiz Festival in Lahore this weekend
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The Faiz Festival's seventh edition is set to take place from February 17 to 19 in Lahore, with a formal ceremony scheduled for the first day after Friday prayers. The festival will offer over 60 free literary, music, and art events, including discussions, lectures, theatre, dance performances, and qawwali, and will host foreign delegates from the UK, Canada, USA, and India.

Unlike previous years, all events and activities at the Faiz Festival will be open to the public free of charge, as the organizers received criticism for the high cost of tickets to attend the prestigious event. Preparations are underway at the Alhamra Arts Council on Mall Road and the surrounding areas, including Canal Road, in anticipation of the three-day literary festival.

Muneeba Hashmi, the daughter of the late poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz and festival organizer, stated that the festival aims to balance quality and relevance while also accommodating the current circumstances.

This year, a large delegation from India, including renowned poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar, will be attending the festival, with Akhtar launching his new book and participating in the mushaira. The organisers have decided to make all events free of cost for the general public after facing criticism over ticket pricing. The Alhamra Hall and its adjacent roads, including Canal Road, are being prepared for the three-day festival.

Notably, all performances at the festival will be free of charge, except for a concert by Shafqat Amanat Ali, which will cost Rs 3000 per ticket. The event also promises a variety of local personalities and international performers, such as Rizwan Wali Muhammad, son of Habib Wali Muhammad, who will present his father's and Faiz's works, and a delegation of qawwals from the family of Sabri Gharana from the UK.

Apart from the International Faiz Festival, Lahore recently hosted the Pakistan Literature Festival (PLF) at the Alhamra Arts Council, which included three days of sessions, performances, and interactive exhibitions on art, poetry, society, economy, and entertainment. The festival paid tribute to the services and works of Naheed, Dada, and Nahid Siddiqui and presented them with Lifetime Achievement Awards. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - PKR to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains unchanged against US Dollar and other currencies on April 21, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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