5th Pakistan Mother Languages Literature Festival will be held on 21-23 February 2020 at Pakistan National Council of the Arts, Islamabad. Indus Cultural Forum in collaboration with Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) and other institutions has developed ambitious program with added attractions to mark 5th year of success of the festival, which has become one of the key features of Federal Capital’s cultural and literary scene. Other partners and sponsors of the event include Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI), Friedrich Naumann Foundation Pakistan (FNF), Alternative Research Initiative (ARI), Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAC), Culture Department, Government of Sindh, ECO Science Foundation, Pakistan Science Foundation, Society for Alternative Media and Research (SAMAR) and other organizations.
The festival that coincides with international mother languages day on 21 February, highlights the potential of Pakistan’s linguistic and cultural diversity. More than 150 Writers, intellectuals, artists and activists from up to 20 Pakistani languages will take part in this year’s festival.
Festival will comprise of discussions, book launches, poetry recitations, music performances and theatrical performances. Other attractions will include painting and antiques exhibitions, children’s science fun activities and book stalls. “We are striving for equal dignity and respect for all Pakistani languages as they represent rich heritage and folk wisdom of millions of Pakistanis” said Niaz Nadeem. He said special attention has been given to the constitutional equality of all languages and sessions have been designed in this regard.
Director General of PNCA Dr. Fouzia Saeed said that the linguistic and cultural potential of Pakistan is not very well known and as a result we are not able to celebrate the diversity of our country which should be biggest strength of us. “This festival provides a platform for celebrating all 70 plus languages of Pakistan and encourages language communities to take action for saving these languages from extinction” she said. Dr. Fouzia has recently joined PNCA as its Director General and this festival is one of the major events under her leadership.
Friedrich Naumann Foundation for freedom-Pakistan’s Head of Program and administration Muhammad Anwar said his institution celebrates linguistic and cultural diversity of Pakistan. He said FNF works with partners to bring out real potential of Pakistani languages so that people of Pakistan are aware of their rich heritage and culture.
Chief Executive Society for Alternative Media and Research (SAMAR) Mr. Mazhar Arif said that Diversity of languages, cultures and peoples is real Pakistan. Recognition and appreciation of this diversity guarantee strength and prosperity of the country.
General Secretary of ICF, Ms. Zubeida Birwani said that this festival strengthens the national harmony and cultural plurality. She also talked about children activities during the festival. On this occasion, detailed agenda of the festival was released to media. In the agenda details of each sessions have been provided for the benefit of audience who wish to attend the festival. The festival is free and open to all.