Lok Mela starts from tomorrow with colourful performances

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Lok Mela starts from tomorrow with colourful performances

ISLAMABAD (APP): Annual ten-day cultural festival "Lok Mela" will start from Friday with colourful performances by folk artists, showcasing dynamic rural life and culture at Shakarparian.

Addressing a press conference here at Heritage Museum, Executive Director Lok Virsa, Dr. Fouzia Saeed said that the festival would bring cultures and civilizations of all regions of the country under one roof.

She said that more than 700 artists, singers and artisans would participate in the festival and represent the real cultural values of the country.

Folk artists from the four provinces, including Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan will also perform during ten days festival.

"Lok Mela aims at promoting, perpetuating and preserving arts, crafts, culture, folk music and traditional skills of Pakistan," she said.

Dr.Fouzia said that this unique event has now become a symbol of the federation and patronage to rich cultural diversity and active participation of the people.

"The artisans, folk artists, folk musicians and other performers would entertain the visitors from across the country," she said.

She said that the festival include provincial pavilions depicting various cultural themes, Lok Virsa pavilion, cultural food stalls, folk dances, folk music, shopping mall, kid's corner, concerts in open air theatre and several others.

"In order to highlight diversity within provinces, each pavilion will focus on a specific theme," Dr. Fouzia said.

She informed that a cash awards will be given to master artisans in recognition of their craftsmanship.

Dr. Fouzia said that first time Lok Virsa has planned shuttle bus service for the visitors, adding that shuttle buses would provide pick and drop to the visitors from various points.