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The Khayaal Festival 2015: Pushing The Boundaries

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Khaayal Festival 2015

The Second Khayaal Festival is ended with all its glare and artistic fun at Alhamra Arts Council Lahore. The creative team behind Khayaal Fest once again succeeded in promoting politics, culture, economy, art, dance, music, literature, empowerment, identity and sociopolitical issues through a series of conversational sessions, performances and documentaries.


I think it's more than just throwing your dreams like a kite and bringing back a new life and surrounding yourself with delightful art and a rich cultural environment, is not more than enough for inspiration and building a creative mind. Such creative festivals and conversations is a must have for building some good thoughts. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe a German writer said,


“Individuality of expression is the beginning and end of all art.” 


At Khayaal Festival 2015, the theme Pushing the Boundaries, was mirrored in all sessions and performances.




#1: We heard opening speeches by Taimur Rehman, Jibran Nasir, Samina Baig, Zar Aslam.

#2: A performance by the first female Pakistani dhol player Horeya Asmat.

#4: Talk with Nandita Das, an Indian Actor.

#3: At the end a musical performance by Khumariyaan.


Khayaal Fest 2015



The panel discussion featured Nandita Das, Sarmad Khoosat, Sara Kazmi, Mushtaq Sufi, Dr Farrukh Khan, Nayyar Ali Dada,Imrana Tiwana Maryam Hussain, Aisha Amir, Asif Farukhi, Shehla Sanwal, Sabir Nazar, Kashif Baloch, Andrew Small, Hina Rabbani Khar, Vladimir Boyoko, Ejaz Haider, Wajahat Malik, Quddus Mirza, Abdullah Qureshi, Risham Hosain Syed, Aziz Sohail, Mehvash Amin, Noor ul Huda Shah, Dr Fatima Hassan, Aamer Hussein, Qudsia Rahim, Farida Batool, Ayesha Jatoi, Atif Khan, Naazish Ataullah, Zeba Sattar, Haris Gazdar, Dr. Ali Cheema, Lubna Dajani, Afiya Shehrbano, Ayesha Siddiqa, Haroon Khalid, Atta Ul Haq Qasmi, Mina Keshavarz, Mina Malik Hussain, Tahira Syed, Zohaib Kazi, Rakae Jamil, Anum Zakaria, Mrs Sonu Rehman, Jami, Adnan Sarwar, Farjad Nabi, Marvi Sirmid, Musharaf Ali Farooqi, Naeem Ahmed, Muhammad Nasir and Nuria Rafique Iqbal.


Khayaal Fest 2015

Nandita Das from India

Khayaal Fest 2015

 Zar Gul

Khayaal Fest 2015



#1: A dramatic reading of Letters from Prisoners of death row, “Limbo” by Olomopolo Media featuring Sarmad Khoosat, Nadia Afgan and Erfan Khoosat.

#2: Award winning documentaries are presented including, Deosai, Unwelcome in Tehran, K2 and the Invisible Footmen, Cliffwalkers of Chiltral Gol and the Winning Film of the Little Art Competition.

#3: South Asia’s Kathak maestro Nighat Chaodhry presented a dance performance.

#4: At the end a live musical performance by the acclaimed Mekaal Hasan Band.


Khayaal Festival 2015


Khayaal Festival 2015


Khayaal Festival 2015




Sessions featured Vladimir Byoko, Reza Mohammadi, Bushra Gohar, Ali Hashmi, Mira Hashmi, Shaanzae Shahid, Raniya Hosain, Anam Husain, Fahad Malhi, Ehtisham Zahid, Mussarat Masshadi, Noor ul Huda Shah, Ajmal Kamal, Aamer Hussein, Asif Farrukhi, Naeem Tahir, Bidisha, Ayesha Raja, Meeran Karim, Roshaneh Zafar, Marvi Sirmid, Andrew Small, Dr. Asad Sayeed, Dr. Ayesha Siddiqa, Musharraf Ali Farooqi, H M Naqvi, Maryam Wasif, Wajahat Malik, Maryam Cheema,Justice(r) Nasira Iqbal, Walid Iqbal, Rashid Rana, Nour aslam, Ai Akbar Natiq, Dr Faisal Bari, Bilal Hasan Minto, Dr. Ali Cheema, Osama Siddique, Suraya Multankar, Krishen Beel, Allahditta Yunawala, Sajid Durrani, Saba Khan, Madhya Leghari, Shakila Haider, Quddus Mirza, Marvi Memon, Bushra Gohar, Taimur Rehman, Sara Farid, Sara Ahmed, Sohail Warraich, Mujib Shami, Fahd Hussain, Abdur Rauf, Vasay Chaudhary, Ahmed Ali Butt and Ali Aftab Saeed.



The Creative Team Behind Khayaal Fest:


Khayaal Festival Creative Team


Ayesha Husain has a Masters in English Literature and teaches literature to O and A level students. She also teaches various courses at the LGS Defence’ International Degree Program affiliated with the University of London. With over 16 years of teaching experience, she has a great passion for Literature. Currently enrolled in the MPhil Education program, she also volunteers at The Rising Sun - a school for special children. Her favorite quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.


Zainab Qureshi has done her Bar –at – Law Inner Temple and is currently the Director of LACAS, Lahore. She is also the Director of the NGO, Sakina Nazli Tribute. Zainab has a keen interest in arts and literature and one of her favorite quotes is by Rumi: “And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, You owe me. Look what happens with love like that. It lights up the sky”.


Khayaal Festival Creative Team


Amna Omar has taught Government and Political Studies for the last 22 years. She has done her masters in Political Science with honours. She is on the college and advisory board of LACAS. She has a passion for reading and the creative arts. Her favourite quote is by Guillaume Apollinaire, “Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy”.


Nuria Rafique-Iqbal is a qualified UK solicitor and having practiced in London, Moscow and Paris she moved to Pakistan in 2004 and focused on philanthropy. She co-founded the non profit organisations Rising Stars Foundation and The Fundraisers, and is also CEO of Labour & Love, a social enterprise providing income generating opportunities for women. Nuria’s favorite quote is by Martin Luther King: “Life’s most urgent question is: what are you doing for others?”


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