Charter and Objectives

The Lahore Literary Festival (“LLF”) is incorporated and exists under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. LLF’s trademark and intellectual property are copyrighted and registered under the Trademarks Ordinance, 2001.

All LLF matters will be overseen by its Board of Governors. The term of each Board member is renewable every three years. Each year’s LLF will be managed by an Advisory Committee, responsible for the materialization and management of the multiday event. The constitution of this Advisory Committee will change on an annual basis.

The firm of Ebrahim Hosain (Advocates & Corporate Counsel), which codified LLF’s Memorandum of Association and Rules and Regulations, is LLF’s legal counsel; and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu its external auditors.


  • To organize, arrange and hold an annual Lahore Literary Festival.
  • To promote literature, both generally and with particular reference to the historic city of Lahore, and explore the interconnections between literature and art, theater, films, music, television, journalism, and political activism.
  • To undertake, aid, support, assist, promote, manage, research and encourage projects or programs concerned or dealing with literature and poetry in any language, art, journalism, mythology, philosophy, and political activism.
  • To preserve, promote and foster study in literature, arts, music, poetry, journalism and architecture, and to give awards, scholarships and prizes for their encouragement.
  • To promote and develop centers for literature and related activities and encourage talent thereto and provide platforms and other facilities and amenities including coaching, teaching and training facilities to promote and organize activities related to literature, poetry, art, journalism, architecture, and political activism.
  • To promote, manage, organize and hold events, meetings, carnivals, festivals, lectures, seminars, workshops, discussion forums and research related to and for the promotion of literature, poetry, journalism, cinema, cultural heritage, and promote writers, authors, philosophers, thinkers, and artists.
  • To set up libraries and study centers for promoting literature and to encourage, promote, create and manage book clubs and think tanks and work toward the development and preservation of literature, culture, and history.
  • To conserve and promote an awareness of the rich cultural heritage of Pakistan with focus on literature, arts, music, dance, festivals, rituals, games, architecture, mythology, and philosophy.
  • To foster and strengthen the culture of the Punjab and to promote the historical and contemporary importance of the city of Lahore.

LLF shall, under the supervision of its chief executive officer and the Board of Governors, work toward its stated objectives through the following means, among others:

  • By liaising with relevant governmental agencies and office bearers as well as established and well-reputed nonprofit organizations to achieve or promote the objectives stated herein.
  • By raising capital through donations and fundraising initiatives.
  • By establishing and developing relations with national and international cultural organizations/institutions and by promoting and organizing cultural-exchange activities and programs with and between other states, provinces, countries and people.
  • By collaborating with writers, thinkers, academics and professionals in relevant fields for promoting literature, poetry, culture, heritage, history, arts, theater, film, and journalism, and working for the diffusion of literature and knowledge to all or part of the public.
  • By documenting, researching, surveying and publishing newsletters, books, periodicals, research papers on literature, poetry, art, theater, films, music, dance, television, journalism, cinema, cultural heritage, mythology, architecture, and philosophy.

The income and property of LLF shall be applied solely and exclusively toward the promotion of the objectives of LLF, as set forth in its Memorandum of Association, and no portion thereof shall be paid or transferred directly or indirectly by way of dividend, bonus or otherwise by way of profit to LLF members. In the event of LLF’s dissolution, its assets left after meeting its liabilities, if any, shall be transferred to another institution or fund, which is a nonprofit organization as defined in the Income Tax Ordinance, 2001.

LLF shall be financed by the following sources:

  • Fundraising.
  • Fees, subscriptions, and dues.
  • Donations/contributions from sources, national or international, acceptable to the Board of Governors in its discretion.
  • LLF earnings which may arise on account of its working or investments.

LLF remains committed to preserving the integrity and ensuring the transparency of its initiatives in pursuance of its objectives to promote literature and the arts. Please contact us should you require any additional information.