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Napa’s International Theatre Festival from 12th

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KARACHI: The National Academy of Performing Arts’ (Napa) International Theatre Festival will be held from March 12 to March 31. This was announced by the artistic director of the Napa Repertory Theatre Zain Ahmed at a press conference on Thursday evening. Mr Ahmed said the aim of the festival, whose first edition was organised in […]


Coke Studio guitarist fears for safety after receiving threats

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KARACHI: Well-known session player and Coke Studio guitarist, Imran Akhoond, has stopped going to live gigs. He fears the incident that took place two months back might happen again. Either a friend comes to pick him up from home or he takes a Careem – all in order to avoid the trauma he suffered on January […]


Sharmeen gears up for TED19 in Vancouver

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LAHORE-Oscar-winning film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, who is known for his articulate speech, will be addressing the audience in a conference at TED Talks Vancouver, Canada. The conference will be held from April 15 to 19. The film-maker’s production company, SOC Films took to Twitter to share the news. “Pleased to announce that Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy will be […]


Bulgarian film captures complexity of relationships

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ISLAMABAD: The third iteration of the Women International Film Festival (WIFF19) screened Thirst, a Bulgarian film directed by Svetla Tsotsorkova, at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) on Tuesday. The sensitive story revolved around a family whose livelihood depends on water in a parched village. The mother washes bed linens for the local hotels […]


Punjab Information and Culture Ministry struggles to streamline commercial theatre

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LAHORE: The Punjab Information and Culture Ministry has put a lot of effort into trying to streamline the commercial theatre industry. However, it has met with much difficulty due to the prevalence of vulgarity, inappropriate scripts and expensive tickets. These issues are seen in commercial theatres throughout Punjab, particularly in bigger cities. Government instructions are being […]


Has Pakistani television seen a rise over the years?

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The 10th edition of Karachi Literature Festival, which took place from March 1 – 3 at the Beach Luxury Hotel, recently came to an end after three days of recitations, book launches, music, poetry, movie screenings, comic acts and panel discussions. Numerous literary figures, journalists, artists, prominent personalities as well as citizens of Karachi turned […]


Artistes demand annual folk music festival in KP

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PESHAWAR: The artistes on Sunday demanded the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to launch an annual folk music festival and exchange of troupes to promote peace through music in the region. They made the demand at a function arranged at the Zubair Mir Hall of the Peshawar Press Club by the Cultural Committee of the Press Club […]


10th Karachi Literature Festival concludes on a high note

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The third and last day of the Karachi Literature Festival received an overwhelming response with booklovers flocking to the venue in droves. Book launching, talks and presentations marked the contours of the event. The successful 10th edition of KLF was organised by Oxford University Press (Pakistan) under the leadership of its Managing Director Arshad Saeed […]


‘Dumbing down of broadcasting has become an industry’

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Dumbing down of broadcasting has become an industry, and this trend started in 1935, when a film used it as a slang, and since then it is thriving, said Dr Huma Baqai on Sunday. Dr Huma, associate dean of the IBA’s business administration faculty, was one of the panellists at the 10th Karachi Literature Festival’s […]


‘Musicians continue to face discrimination’

PESHAWAR: People linked with music and performing arts continue to face discrimination and negative profiling by society, said famous writer and scholar of history and literature Noorul Amin on the eve of International Music Day observed on March 3. Pakhtun people in general like music and art, but do not show due respect to performers. […]


Despite air of uncertainty, Karachi Literature Festival begins

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KARACHI: The overcast, gloomy conditions on Friday evening seemed like a poignant reflection of the tensions on Indo-Pak borders. The arrival of guest speakers from outside of Karachi and from more than a dozen countries of the world was uncertain because airports had been closed for flight operations for the last couple of days. But, […]


Ban on Indian films: LHC seeks replies from Centre, Pemra

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday sought replies from the federal government and Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) within a week on a petition seeking ban on Indian films in Pakistan. The petitioner Sheikh Muhammad through his counsel pleaded that the import policy order 2016 announced by the federal government had banned import […]


Vehra Sessions: Zeb Bangash’s new passion project

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ISLAMABAD: Zeb Bangash is undoubtedly one of the most gifted singers in Pakistan. She started off her career with her first cousin Haniya Aslam to form the alternative, art-folk band Zeb & Haniya over a decade ago. Since then, she has contributed to the industry in more than one ways. She’s made multiple appearances on Coke […]


10th edition of Karachi Literature Festival commences today

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The 10th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF) kicks-off in the city of lights today, that is, March 1 at the Beach Luxury Hotel. Like every year, the three-day festival will host literature enthusiasts, authors, critics, artists and literary figures such as writers Deborah Baker and Elena Nicolai from different parts of the world, excluding India due […]