Vice-Chancellor's Message

The Islamia University of Bahawalpur is one of the leading Universities of Paksitan which harbors 13 faculties, 125 departments, more than 1000 faculty members and 42,000 on-campus students enrolled in more than 250 disciplines. In almost all the global rankings it has attained prestigious positions. It has always been a torch-bearer not only of research and academics, but also of values and culture. This is indicative through its successful socio-cultural mega-events of the past.
The 2nd Bahawalpur Literary & Cultural Festival-2021 (BLCF-2021) is to be staged at its Baghdad-ul-Jadeed and Abbasia Campuses. The event will bring together established and aspiring writers, avid and new readers to share and develop passion for books and poetry, and share cultural experiences.
You, along with yours friends and family are cordially welcomed to take advantage of the gastronomic cultural, artistic and architectural heritage offered through this event.
Looking forward...
Engr. Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob (TI)
Vice Chancellor

About The Event

The 2nd Bahawalpur Literary & Cultural Festival-2021 (BLCF- 2021) is being held in a follow-up of 1st BLCF-2020 which had claimed National/ International accolades. The event is scheduled to be held from 17th to 19th of March, 2021. It will be one of the most luminous assemblies of artists, literati, poets, authors, singers, social media activist and many other renowned performers from Bahawalpur as well as from across the country. The notables will include Amjad Islam Amjad, Syed Tabish Alwari, Iftakhar Arif, Sohail Waraich, Abrar ul Haq, Rahat Multanikar and many more.
The event will host many events at Baghdad-Ul-Jadeed Campus and Abbasia Campus of IUB simultaneously, featuring Qiraat and Naat Competitions, all Pakistan Debate Competitions, Fine Art Competitions, Book Launching, Drama/Theatrics, Folk Music, Suf Musical Night, Pet Show, and Grand Mehfl e Mushaira. Furthermore, a Grand Book Exhibition, Industrial Expo, Flower Exhibition, Art Display and Food-Fest are also being organized.
The BCLF- 2021 is not merely a festival but an effort to inspire and enlighten our youth and literati with true essence of our culture. We feel proud in cordially inviting you and your family at this mega-event to enjoy, meet and mingle with your favorite famed personalities. Focal
Focal Person
Shahzad Ahmed Khalid
(Director Press & Media Public Relations)

Bahawalpur Literary & Cultural Festival 2021



Engr. Prof. Dr.Athar Mahboob (TI)
Vice Chancellor, IUB


Syed Tabish Alwari (TI)
Ex-Parliamentarian, Poet, Writer


Tanveer Mahmood
President BCCI
Bahawalpur Literary & Cultural Festival 2021


DAY 1 (Wednesday, 17th March, 2021)

11:30AM -  Main Auditorium, Baghdad ul Jadeed Campus, IUB.
Qiraat and Hamd-o-Naat Competition

Featured Guest: Qaari from Egypt,Qaari Muhammad Iqbal (Jamia Masjid Al-Sadiq)

03:00PM -  Main Auditorium, Baghdad ul Jadeed Campus, IUB.
Folk Instrumental/ Music Performance/ Dhool Dhamal

Featured Guests: Begum Bushra Rehman, Ms. Rahat Multanikar, Mr. Zahoor Ahmed Dhareja

06:30PM -  Sports Ground, Abbasia Campus, IUB.
Musical Evening (Sufi and Cultural Music)

Featured Guest: Mr. Abrar ul Haq

DAY 2 (Thursday, 18th March, 2021)

10:00AM -  Main Auditorium, Baghdad ul Jadeed Campus, IUB.
All Pakistan Speech Competitions (Final Round, Top Students of each category will present and receive certificates, Initial Round will be held in First week of March)

Featured Guest: Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra, Mr. Syed Bilal Qutab, Mr. Farhat Abbas Shah

11:00AM -  Main Auditorium, Baghdad ul Jadeed Campus, IUB.
Book Launching

11:15AM -  Main Auditorium, Baghdad ul Jadeed Campus, IUB.
Media Conclave

Featured Guests:
Ms. Ambreen Jaan
Dr. Amjad Saqib (S.I)
Ms. Amna Mufti
Prof. Dr. Athar Mahboob
Dr. Atif Basheer
Dr. Arfa Sayeda Zehra
Mr. Syed Bilal Qutab
Ms. Hina Dil Pazeer
Mr. Irfan javed
Prof. Dr. Javed Iqbal
Mr. Oriya Maqbool Jaan
Ms. Rahat Multanikar
Ms. Sania Saeed
Mr. Sohail Warraich

02:00PM -  Video Conference Room, Main Auditorium Baghdad ul Jadeed Campus, IUB.
Launching of Short Documentary on Iftikhar Arif

Featured Guests: Iftikhar Arif, Mr. Syed Tabish Alvari

03:00PM -  Main Auditorium, Baghdad ul Jadeed Campus, IUB.
Theater/Drama Performance

Sangat Theater, Theater 21

06:00PM -  Main Auditorium, Baghdad ul Jadeed Campus, IUB.
Grand Mehfil-e-Mushaira

DAY 3 (Friday, 19th March, 2021)

04:00PM -  Ghulam Muhammad Ghotvi Hall, Abbasia Campus, IUB.
Book launching of the Book of Mr. Farhat Abbas Shah in the presence of senior literary personalities of Bahawalpur

Featured Guest: Mr. Farhat Abbas Shah