LAHORE (Staff Report) – The Faiz Foundation Trust in collaboration with the Lahore Arts Council has arranged a four-day First Faiz International Festival scheduled to begin on November 19.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif will inaugurate the event while prominent artists and personalities will attend it.

According to Saleema Hashmi of Faiz Foundation Trust the Festival will include 30 literary/political sessions, five book launches, a Mushaira, four theatre performances, two dance performances, theatre and puppetry workshops and activities for children with Uncle Surgam being part of the activities.

Besides performing arts and music, there will be three keynote speakers of the Festival which include famous British Pakistani writer, journalist, filmmaker and intellectual Tariq Ali, eminent Indian Urdu critic, poet and theorist Shams-ur-Rehman Faruqi, and a distinguished Urdu scholar from Russia Dr Ludmila Vasilyeva.

The most spectacular event of this four-day long Festival will be the performance of world renowned Indian superstar Naseeruddin Shah as `Einstein’ and a performance by Indian singer Sonam Kalra who is famous for her Sufi Kalam recitations and Faiz’s poetry, Saleema said.