LAHORE - The first Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) will be held in the culturally-rich area of the Walled City from December 8 to 10.

The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) and the Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) announced this on Friday.

The two-day event await children from all over Lahore from 9am to 4pm amidst the heritage sites of Delhi Gate.

As befits the venue, the overarching theme for this year is ‘Celebrating Peace, Heritage and 70 Years of Pakistan-Opening the Gates of the Walled City’.  Children’s Literature Festival is a social movement that was started in 2011 in response to dismal findings about decreasing interest in reading habits and a lack of creative expression and critical thinking outside exams amongst schoolchildren in Pakistan. By remaining a non-ticketed event, CLF has established itself as an equaliser in providing children and teachers from ALL schooling systems with a platform to explore the world of imagination beyond textbooks. Till date, 42 Children’s Literature Festivals have been held across the country, reaching over one million children and teachers all over the country, including remote geographies and conflict areas.  By designating the Walled City as the venue, CLF and WCLA aim to celebrate and highlight the cultural treasure trove of the country while providing the school children of the Walled City with an avenue for expressing their creativity in a fun and interactive environment. The CLF-Walled City intends to bring together children from all parts of the city and promote young talent and simultaneously start a discussion on the interaction between cultural preservation and the youth in a globalised world.

The Shahi Guzargah Route from Delhi Gate to Wazir Khan Mosque has been chosen as the venue, with the Shahi Hamam, courtyard of the Sabeel Wali Gali, the Government Girls High School, and the Wazir Khan Mosque Pandal (amphitheatre) as Designated Spaces for various sessions on literature and performance arts.