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From 22 to 23 March 2015 
Alliance française
Arts & Literary

by IBA Literary Society
22nd & 23rd March 2015
at Alliance française de Karachi

Enjoy two days of patriotism, exhibitions, food, music, drama, performances, theater, qawalis, dances, and competitions as Karachi celebrates Pakistan Day with full zeal and spirit at the Youth Arts & Literary Exhibition on 22nd and 23rd March. The entry is free and open to all individuals, families, and students from all over Pakistan.

Incorporating various media of art and culture, Youth Arts & Literary Exhibition 2015 at Alliance française de Karachi aims to propagate the talents of Pakistani youth, stand up for intellectual rights and encourage originality with renewed spirits. This time, the exhibition will carry and inspire a theme that highlights Pakistan in all of its conventional and contemporary ethos.

Anti Counterfeit and Infringement Forum (ACIF) and IBA Literary Society have joined hands for this two-day festival at Alliance Francaise, Teen Talwar, Karachi. Art and literature fanatics from Karachi and beyond will come together and showcase their versatile forms of artwork and performances. This time around, many novel and contemporary components will be found at the festival including exclusive movie screenings, storytelling sessions, book launches, panel discussions, pictorial display of Pakistan’s history, Instagram and art exhibitions, music, dance, and theater performances along with a wide range of food stalls. It will inculcate the emerging talents as well as the legendary pieces with a widely cultured content meant for all age-groups and classes of people.

Students from all over Pakistan aged between 15-25 years can participate in any of the competitions and exhibitions for free by registering at by 15th of March. Those wishing to reserve a food or art stall can write to the team at

For more information, please visit the festival’s facebook page

The festivals promotional video can be watched here

DAY 1 – 22nd March 2015

  • 10 am – 12 pm – Stage Area
    Opening Ceremony
    Dances, musical performances and opening speeches
  • 12 pm – 1.30 pm – Conference Hall
    Slam Poetry Competition
    First Round: Judged by Nida Khan from Lyceum and Mariam Paracha from IVS
  • 12.00 pm – 3.00 pm – Exhibition Gallery
    Movie screening of BOL – a film by Shoaib Mansoor

  • 12.15 pm – 1.00 pm – Patio - Panel Discussion
    Stuck between growing technology and poverty: Infringing art & literature – bad or not?
    Moderator: Dr. Framji Minwalla ; Panelists: Bina Shah, Saba Khalid
  • 1.15 pm – 2.00 pm – Stage Area – Panel Discussion
    Pirated designer wear and lawn prints – is making fashion affordable the only solution?
    Panelists: Maheen Khan, Maliha Rehman, Umair Tabani
  • 1.45 pm – 6.45 pm – Conference Hall
    Declamation Championship – Judged by Kamil Jamshed
  • 3.15 pm – 4.15 pm – Patio Area
    Live art activities for the kids – painting, drawing, games by Summaiya Jillani

  • 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm – Stage Area
    Coup De Theater - Y.A.L.E. Theater Competition
  • 7.00 pm – 9.30 pm – Stage Area – Y.A.L.E.
    Exclusive Sufi Night
    TICKETED - You can simply purchase your passes at the AFK front desk.
    Note that limited passes are available so get yours ASAP.
    Ticket Price: Rs. 1000.
    IBA Students & Members of the AFK will be offered a discount of 30 % on the ticket price.
  • 7.00 pm Onwards
    Y.A.L.E. Qawwalnight - Ye Shaam Mastani
  • 7.30 pm – 7.45 pm
    Music performance by Zaryab Sultan
  • 7.45 pm - 8.15 pm
    Talha Ahmed & Co. featuring live dhol beats and guitar
  • 8.00 pm – 9.30 pm
    Qawwali Night featurin Amjad Farid Sabri & Brothers

DAY 2 – 23rd March, 2015

  • 12 pm – 2 pm – Exhibition Hall
    Pakistan day special: Movie screening of “Jinnah”

  • 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm – Exhibition Hall
    Shadow Theatrical Performance by HiddenStars
  • 12 pm – 2.00 pm – Conference Hall
    Mushaira Competition – judged by Attiya Dawood

  • 2.15 pm – 3.45 pm – Conference Hall
    Slam Poetry Competition – Final Round
  • 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm – The Patio
    Creative storytelling and music for Kids – by Khaled Anum

  • 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm – Stage Area
    Theater play by Bicarbo Theater
  • 3.30 pm - 4.00 pm - Stage Aera
    Music performance by Danish
  • 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm – Library
    Book Launch of Equinox Trilogy – The Journey of Forbidden Love Beginsby Heena Jadav Sunil, Pakistan’s first fantasy romance author
  • 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm – Stage Area – Panel Discussion 3
    Topic: TBA
    Moderator: Amar Naseer – Chairperson Events Committee ACIF, Director & Company Secretary Unilever Pakistan
  • 4.45 pm – 5.15 pm – Stage Area
    Sheema Kermani Live in Interview
    Pakistani activitst, theatre producer, and dancer talks about growing up as a female artist
  • 5.15 pm – 5.45 pm – Stage Area –
    Tale of Khathakars
    Kathak Dance Performance by Zehra Newal – student of Sheema Kermani

  • 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm – Stage Area
    Closing Ceremony
    Closing Speeches, Comedy Performance, Winner Announcements, Farewell, Sky Lanterns
  • 8.00 pm – 8.30 pm – Stage Area
    Y.A.L.E. on Fire (literally!)
    Fire Show