Capital all set to mark New Year with first-ever Cultural Week
ISLAMABAD: The federal capital is all set to celebrate the New Year with the first Pakistan Cultural Week starting from today (Tuesday).
Talking to the media on Monday, Lok Virsa Executive Director Khalid Javaid said that the event is being held under the aegis of the Ministry of National Heritage and Integration in collaboration with Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) at Garden Avenue, Shakarparian from January 1 to 7.
“It is a gift to the people of Pakistan from their government on the occasion of New Year.”
The event is the brainchild of Federal Minister for National Heritage and Integration Samina Khalid Ghurki, which shows her vision to the promotion and projection of Pakistan’s rich cultural heritage, he added. The executive director said that the week actually aimed at creating unity and harmony among people from across the nation through cultural activities.
“The country at present needs to be united and reintroduced as a nation rich in heritage, blessed with harmony, accommodating different cultures, creeds and colours. It would also show to the outer world the true, peaceful and harmonious face of Pakistan,” said Khalid Javaid maintained.
The major focus of the event is on the Potohar region through depiction of its culture and traditions. Pavilions representing all federating units – Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir – by way of presenting their arts, crafts, indigenous folk heritage and folk music would enhance the beauty and landscapes of the federal capital.
The other features include artisans-at-work exhibition with demonstration of skills by master artisans and craftspeople from all over the country, song and dance ensembles, folkloric performances, traditional cuisine and an exotic craft bazaar.