Lubna Shaheen

Guwahati, India
ZIRO Festival
Programmes Director-Producer

Lubna Shaheen is a creative producer and director based in Guwahati, northeast India. As a founding member, and Director, of Ziro Festival and the Ziro Literary Festival, she is responsible for meaningful engagement programmes that contributes towards building a creative community across ages, both locally and internationally that has led to international artist collaborations, cultural exchange-and-learning workshops; and residencies in arts and sustainability. She has worked with international partners in Europe and the UK; represented Ziro Festival at showcase festivals, and her work, and she, have received recognition from global arts bodies including British Council, Creative Australia, Arts Council of Wales and Art Think South Asia.



Ziro Festival, founded in 2012, celebrates passion, sustainability, community, and cultural diversity. The festival promotes indigenous tribes and artists from Northeast India while showcasing Indian and global independent arts scene. Set against the picturesque Ziro Valley in Arunachal Pradesh, the festival uses locally-sourced materials like bamboo and employs local community members to host attendees, prioritizing sustainability practices. The festival’s skills training programs have empowered community members to be actively involved in producing the festival and employing local artisans to build the bamboo infrastructure. Through community outreach programs, the festival engages artists, artisans, and local youth groups.


  • Artist types
    • Band music e.g. rock, indie-rock, indie-pop, etc.
    • Alternative and/or experimental
    • World, traditional and/or cultural music
  • Artist types
    • Legacy acts
    • Up-and-coming acts
    • Undiscovered talents


  • I look for bands to perform at my shows (e.g. promoter, festival owner/curator, venue, etc.)
  • I help bands get booked for shows (e.g. booking agent, touring agent/manager, etc.)
  • I look for partners and collaborators to work with internationally.