Karachi Literature Festival

(2010 – 2017)

In 2010, Oxford University Press (OUP) Pakistan launched Karachi Literature Festival, which has continued to grow and expand each year; more than 50,000 audience members flock to the festival each year to listen to writers from around the globe.

I participated at the first festival, as well as in 2016, when I attended to launch Voices Breaking Boundaries’ Borderlines series; in 2017, I moderated a few panels as well as read poetry.

Sarwar and VBB launched the first Living Room Art Production in 2006, expanding her casual art salons into a thematic neighborhood-based series that she herself researched and curated…[that have] evolved into a project aiming to unearth lost cultural and personal histories. It explores how individuals can serve as catalysts for social change.

— “Living Room Art: Sehba Sarwar looks outside the galleries to create art block parties.” Culture Map, November 2011. LINK

Ongoing & Additional Projects


I am an author and speaker, an artist, and a community and cultural activist.

If I can use my talents and passions to inspire you or your network to push boundaries and become involved in our communities, please connect with me. I am open to schedule readings, workshops, courses or multimedia installations.

Sehba Sarwar Art Car
Front hood of art car, Digital Meets Pakistani Truck Art, featuring stickers of buraq images from Karachi; photo by Burnell McCray