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3-day spring festival starts at Lok Virsa today

* WWF, Indus Motor hold carnival at Fatima Jinnah Park

ISLAMABAD: A three-day spring festival organised by the Ministry of National Heritage and Integration in collaboration with Lok Virsa and the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) will start today (Sunday).

National Heritage and Integration Federal Minister Samina Khalid Ghurki will be the chief guest at the festival.

The festival aims to promote Pakistan’s culture and welcome spring.

The festival features exhibition of artisans-at-work and kite making, exhibition of folk arts and crafts, kite flying, folk performances, folk dances and traditional food stalls.

Lok Virsa Executive Director Khalid Javaid urged the public to attend the festival and help Lok Virsa in making it successful. According to Lok Virsa sources, over 50 master artisans with their helpers in various craft, such as embroidery, wood work, papier mache, traditional doll making, shawl weaving, wax printing, ajrak making and stone work, from all over Pakistan will be participating.

They will demonstrate their skills at the artistically designed colourful pavilions and their pieces of art will also be up for sale.

For the first time in the history of Lok Virsa, kite flyers will demonstrate the skill of kite flying from the roof of the buildings of Lok Virsa and enjoy the arrival of spring.

Folkloric songs and dance ensembles will be performed every day.

The management is also planning to hold a cultural evening on Tuesday at the Lok Virsa Open-Air Theatre, wherein famous folk singers, including Fazal Jatt, Jhangi Khan and Bano Rehmat, will perform live. Entry for public to the concert will also be free.

Meanwhile, a travelling nature carnival will be held at the Fatima Jinnah Park under the auspices of the World Wide Fund (WWF) today.

The carnival is being arranged for the second consecutive year in collaboration with the Indus Motor Company (IMC).

More than 100 schools, five colleges and 10 leading private and public sector universities will participate in a 3D model making competition, highlighting various environmental issues.

The event is a mega environment awareness campaign for teachers, students, parents, families and individuals from the corporate sector.

This year’s themes include ‘Solid Waste Management: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’, ‘Marine Conservation’, ‘Save Forests, Save Water’, ‘Converting Waste to Energy’, ‘Reducing Water, Energy and Carbon Footprint’, ‘Water and Sanitation’ and ‘Green Economy’.

Several other interactive and educational activities have also been planned, including environment-oriented games, puppet shows, musical performances and art and quiz competitions.

School children will give 3D model presentations defined by various environment themes to judges, guests and visitors at the carnival.

Students with outstanding presentations will be awarded WWF branded shields, trophies and certificates at the awards distribution ceremony.

The carnival will start at 9am and continue until 4pm. Agencies

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