Around 500 artists, singers and artisans to participate and represent cultural values, Executive Director Lok Virsa
The popular cultural festival of federal capital Lok Mela will start in the first week of April at the Lok Virsa in Capital City Islamabad.
Lok Virsa Mela is annually organized grand event with colourful performances by folk artists, showcasing dynamic rural life and culture at Shakarparian, Islamabad.
The event brought offer a flat-form to all the four provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir showing their wonderful local and regional stalls. The grand celebration includes Live Theater, artisans at work, traditional apparel, food, music and cultural dance main focus of the audience.
Like every year, the folk festival would also feature musical nights offering traditional music, live theatre, and artisans at work, traditional apparel, food, handicrafts and much more would be part of the Lok Mela 2017.
Cultural pavilions of all four provinces along with Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir will be established in the lok mela. Where Folk artists from across the country would converge to the cultural fare to enthrall the visitors during the 10-day Lok Mela.
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 500 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,” Dr. Saeed said.
She added 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 said cash awards will be given to master artisans in recognition of their craftsmanship.
The festival will begin on 7 April and will continue till 16 April.