LAHORE: The three-day Faiz International Festival will be held at Alhamra, The Mall from November 17 to November 19 on the eve of Faiz Ahmed Faiz death anniversary in which Indian wirier and author of ‘Lahore - A Sentimental Journey’ will also participate amid bigwigs of Pakistani intelligentsia.  

Faiz Foundation Trust will hold a press conference Tuesday. According to the organisers, the Faiz International festival is celebrations of what Faiz Ahmed Faiz stood for. Apart from local writers, musicians, artists, activities, all come together from across globe to share their work and ideas and to celebrate one of the greatest poets of Urdu language.

According to details, in literary sessions port and script writer Zehra Nigah who has also got Pride of Performance Award, travelogue writer and novelist Mustansar Hussain Tarar, poet Amjad Islam Amjad, historian of Urdu literature and professor at FC College Dr Arfa Syeda Zahra,  Dr Amir Jaffri, Yasmeen Hameed, Haroon Khalid, and Dr Tahir Kamran.

A session on music will be attended by Nadeem Farooq Paracha, Arshad Mehmud, Yousaf Kerai, and singer Jawaad Ahmed.

The Faiz Festival will organise activities for children including debate competitions, theatre workshop by Hanna Gardell, art and photography activities by The Litter Art, and science workshop for Children.  

Music performances by Tina Sani and Tanya Wells will mesmerise the audience at Faiza International Festival. On the occasion dance performances, Kathak performances, poetry recitation based on the lyrics of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Dastan goee  (Story telling). Theatre performances by Zambeel Theraterical readings and theatre plays will be staged for the coming audience.

Tarz Group who has been regularly featured in orchestral performances worldwide will provide traditional classical performances or the visitors at Faiz Festival.

Sessions on the film and TV including the bigwigs of the industry including Jami, Javed Sheikh, Nabeel Qureshi, Bilal Sami, Shaan, Yusuf Salahuddin, Navid Shezad, Samiya Mumtaz, Samina Peerzada and Sarmad Khoosat.

Faiz Ahmad Faiz who was born on February 13, 1911, and breathed his last on November 20, 1984, got a Lenin Peace Prize. He remains one of the most celebrated writers of Urdu language.

Faiz was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was a notable member of the Progressive Writers' Movement (PWM). The Soviet Union (Russia) awarded Lenin Peace Prize to Faiz in 1962.

His poetry in the era of Dictator Ziaul Haq became symbol of resistance against dictatorship and became a popular voice. ‘Hum dekhenge poem was on of his most popular poem. Jab zulm-o-sitam ke koh-e-giraan, rui ki tarah ud jaayenge, Hum mahkoomon ke paaon tale, yeh dharti dhad dhad dhadkegi, Aur Ahl-e-hakam ke sar upar, jab bijli kad kad kadkegi, hum dekhenge (When mountains of tyranny will blow away like cotton, When the ground beneath the feet of us who are the oppressed will shake and tremble). Faiz wrote his famous poem ‘Speak—your lips are free’ in 1941.