Islamabad - Achieving the highest standards of success, Capital’s third Children Literature Festival has been closed here at the Lok Virsa yesterday after featuring a star-studded galaxy of renowned writers, poets, actors and performers spending time with the children and teachers of twin city and surrounding districts.

Two-day Children Festival was a part of three-day literature celebrations organised by Idara-e-Taleem-o-Agaahi and Lok Virsa in collaboration with Oxford University Press, Open Society Foundation, Telenor Pakistan and HBL along with the Federal Directorate of Education, Education Department Rawalpindi, Capital Administration and Development Division.

Children Literature Festival this year again presented a unique galaxy of talent and craftsmanship by rendering the big names of literature, acting, creative artists, including Haseena Moin, Hamid Mir, Parvez Hoodbhoy, Zubaida Mustafa, Nargis Sultana,  Reham Khan, Fauzia Minallah, Rumana Husain, Ayub Baloch, Mosharraf Zaidi, Khaled Anum, Nasreen Iqbal, Ameena Saiyid, Bushra Gohar, Tahira Abdullah, Sheherzade Alam, Khursheed Hyder, Faisal Bari, Samina Imtiaz, Baela Raza Jamil, Amira lam, Arifa Syeda Zehra, and many more. The legendary celebrities marked their presence by portraying and sharing their skills and artistry in different interactive and packed sessions.

CLF Founder Baela Raza Jamil while talking to media on the closing day said that CLF & TLF are organised in a way that we can bring awareness regarding critical issues especially related to our kids. She expressed her gratitude to the sponsors and audience for marking their presence in great numbers.  

Addressing on this occasion, Lok Virsa Director Dr Fauzia Saeed lauded the organisers of CLF and say that these celebrations will become the easiest way to analyse and understand the children’s behaviours and attitude.  She said that Lok Virsa will always be available in the future for any such activities.

Earlier, on the concluding day, many interactive and productive sessions, including conversations, talks, dialogues and many more were arranged in which leading celebrities from different walks of life expressed their view points. To portray the folk culture and music in Pakistan Lok Virsa facilitated a special folk music performance. A session on Digital Security Training was also held. A special conversation regarding the role of media in popularising and unlocking the power of reading was held in which famous scholars and journalists, including Hamid Mir, Ameena Saiyid, Fereeha Idrees, Zubeida Mustafa and Abdul Samad delivered speeches. A unique session ‘Brokering Peace, Tolerance and Citizenship in our class rooms’ was held as well in which well-known scholar Dr Parvez Hoodbhoy and other panelists described the importance of harmony in promoting peace in the country. Famous writer Haseena Moin shared her unique tips and suggestion with children in a segment “how to write a drama”. To portray and raise the knowledge regarding Pakistan’s known fine artists an Art Workshop on Sadequain  and Chughtai was also held on the last day along with many more interactive sessions.

On the last day of three day literature celebrations, many book launches were also arranged, including Amira Alam’s “Dum Dum Diga aur Akbar” Romana Hussain’s “Tasveri Kahani Silsila, on Sheema Kirmani” and “Tota Khan aur Bakri Ara ka Safarnama” were also launched on this occasion.

During the festival children were provided the opportunities to attend different interactive sessions regarding, creative writing, poetry, painting, literature, drama, acting, and history along with different creative activities. On this occasion, HBL established Money Maze stall while Multi-sensory stalls by Idara-e-Taleem-O-Aagahi, CLF, Dawood Foundation, Pakistan Reading Project Mobile Library, Sabaq Foundation, Knowledge Platform, Children Artisans at Work were also installed while The Art of Book Making was also presented by Oxford University Press.