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Faiz Centenary National Organising Committee (UK) is supporting many organisations and comrades to organise events to celebrate the life and poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz throughout Britain. This website is one of the main vehicles to support and publicise these events. Over twenty political, artistic and cultural  events will be taking this year and it is hoped that the website will be a useful vehicle to inform wider community in Britain as well as rest of the world.

We request cultural, literary and social organisations to make use of the website to publicise their events. We also send regular alert mailing to hundreds of people and organisations to highlight forthcoming events.


January 17, 2011, 6.30 pm

London                    Faiz Ahmed Faiz: Poet in the City


Venue: Hall One, King’s Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG


An event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, one of the most prominent poets of the Indian sub-continent, who wrote poems in both Urdu and Punjabi, and whose humane work was filled with love, dignity and resistance to injustice, was celebrated by Poet in the City.


The event featured: Javed Majeed, professor of post-colonial studies at Queen Mary University of London, and an expert on Urdu poetry, will provide a biographical introduction and will speak about Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s great contributions to poetry and to world culture.

Poems by Faiz read by Saqlain Imam in Urdu, who now works for the BBC’s Urdu World Service in London. Actress and playwright Sudha Bhuchar, Artistic Director at Tamasha Theatre company, recited poems in English. Faiz’s poems were recited in Punjabi by renowned Punjabi poet and translator, Amarjit Chandan whose latest book is ‘Sonata for four hands’. Swati Natekar, a renowned vocalist from a hereditary musical family in Bombay, accompanied by distinguished tabla player Hanif Khan, sang poems by Faiz.


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February 5, 2011

London                   Tribute to Faiz Ahmed Faiz


 Organised by Urdu Club London


Glowing tribute was paid to renowned poet and humanist Faiz Ahmed Faiz at a function held in connection with his centennial birth anniversary by Urdu Club London.


The event featured: Raza Ali Abadi, Patron of Faiz Centenary National Organising Committee UK. Jawed Qureshi, Asaf Jilani, Aisha Ghazi (Urdu Club), Dr Rizwan, Dr Jawed Sheikh (Urdu Markaz), Faizan Rana (NUPSA) and Naeemur Rehman, Coordinator Urdu Club.

Anam Farooq presented English version of Faiz’s ‘Dua’.

British Asian singer Devdutt Joshi enthralled the audience with Faiz’s ghazals


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June 11, 2011,  2.00 pm

London                   Faiz Mela London


 Venue: Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ


Faiz Ahmad Faiz was one of the leading and internationally recognised poets from Pakistan. 2011 is centennial year of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. His admirers are celebrating his centennial birthday across the world. Faiz Centenary Celebration Committee UK has chalked out a colorful event ‘Faiz Mela’ to pay homage to the great poet and humanist in a befitting manner.


Confirmed Guests: Abid Hassan Minto president Workers Party Pakistan, I. A. Rehman, former president HRCP, Iftikhar Arif poet and chair Pakistan Academy of Letters, prominent writer and intellectual Tariq Ali, Faiz's daughters Salima Hashmi and Muneza Hashmi, prominent artist and singer Zia Mohiuddin, Laal Band, and many more.


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September 17, Saturday, All Day London        Faiz Ahmed Faiz - Centenary Celebration

School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) College Buildings Room G3 and Khalili Lecture Theatre, Russell Square, London


Organised by Centres & Programme Office and Sponsored by the Framing Muslims project, the Department of South Asia, the Centre for South Asian Studies and the Faiz Cultural Academy.

Amina Yaqin, ay@soas.ac.uk

Shahid Ali Syed, Faiz Cultural Academy, shahid_214@hotmail.com  / Tel 07949296927

Shahid Ali Syed, Faiz Cultural Academy, shahid_214@hotmail.com  / Tel 07949296927

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September 23, Friday London        Faiz Centenary Publication

Venue: TBA


Faiz Centenary National Organising Committee has agreed with Kala Sangam to publish a centenary publication to be launched in September 2011.  The book will highlight Faiz's life, poetry and struggle to be launched.


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