Lok Virsa’s annual folk festival titled ‘Lok Mela 2021’ will be held at the Lok Virsa Complex, Islamabad from 1st to 7th November

The festival promises to have something exciting for everyone. The event will feature provincial cultural pavilions that will represent the provinces’ indigenous folk culture, crafts, and traditional cuisines. The mela will also have a musical show each night celebrating the unique, traditional musical styles from KP, Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan with folk dance performances.

Folk entertainers have been invited from all over the country to participate in the festival. A ‘crafts bazaar’ with artists at work will offer a variety of traditional decorative items. Federal Minister for Education Shafqat Mahmood is expected at the inaugural ceremony.

As per tradition, the festival will kick off with a symbolic chadarposhi (‘draping the shawl’ over a folk artist) and dastarbandi ceremony (tying the turban on an artisan), as a mark of respect for craftspeople.

The festival will culminate with an award ceremony in which awards will be distributed among the most talented artisans.

In an official statement, the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage said the festival aims to promote indigenous folk heritage and support traditional master artisans, folk artists, musicians and rural performers. “The festival will not only provide the craftspeople an important platform to demonstrate their skills and win recognition of their talent at national level but also extend them an opportunity to sell their crafts without any exploitation or involvement of middleman,” it said.


From : pk.mashable.com

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