It was an eventful week in Islamabad full of cultural activities, music and films. Here is the roundup of the weekly events:
19 January 2017
Chinese Cultural Show
Artists of the Inner Mongolia Art Troupe presented colourful performance at the PNCA auditorium, Islamabad. The performance was jointly arranged by Chinese Culture Centre in Islamabad and Pakistan National Council of the Arts in connection with Chinese New Year Celebrations.
The Chinese artists spellbound performance included traditional Chinese music and dances and acrobatics. The show started with group dance “Tea Serving performance” – this dance is performed to welcome new year when relatives visit each other houses in festive mood dressed in colourful costumes. Roaming House is the tune of life turned by UNESCO the oral and intangible culture heritage of humanity. Chinese are popular for acrobatic and the flats spinning is their specialty. Male solo mother and female solo Maria variation were beautifully presented. The National Performing Arts Group of PNCA presented Pakistani folk and traditional dances. Other performances include: Flute solo, Prior Love, Khoomel Performance, The Warrior, Balancing of Contortionists, Female Group Dance, Sain Baina uu, Acrobatic: High pole Handstand, Horse-head fiddle Instrumental Ensemble & Song and Dance: United as One. The show was attended by both Pakistani and Chinese art lovers.
18 January 2017
Festival Del Film Locarno Introductory Workshop on Filmmaking
Capital’s young filmmakers and producers attended the “Introductory Workshop on Filmmaking” conducted by the expert from Swiss Development Corporation at PNCA.
Sophia Bourdan, head of the Open Doors Hub, explained the means ways and basic requirements of Participation in the upcoming Festival Del Film Locarno to be held in August 2017/
The workshop was an introduction on the filmmaking project whereas in August 2017. At least eight film projects from South Asia would be selected for participation in the Open Doors Hub, a co-production platform where the project holders would meet potential European and international partners. The Open Doors jury would award the grant (50,000 CHF) and other prizes to a few projects.
Sophia who on tour of South Asia to educate and invite the young filmmakers and producers to the festival highlighted the aims and objectives of the festival. The Swiss have a rich history and attachment with films and possess a number of cinemas houses for projecting the film industry. The festival a platform for the filmmakers who want to materialize their dreams and ideas through cinema. Locarno provides the opportunity to the filmmakers from all over the world. Specific regions for the current three years 2016 to 1018 is for South Asian countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka. Eight projects are selected every year and the selected projects get help in executing their plans. Entries for the open door hub and lab will be received until February 7, 2017.
17 January 2017
Music Program Baithak
Balochi Pushtoon and Cholistani artists enthralled the audience at PNCA auditorium at musical evening Baithak arranged by Pakistan National Council of the Arts. In music program Baithak, Shafi Esar Pushto singer and Muhammad Jan, Rubab player from Quetta and Gulshan Jehan from Cholistan presented the folk music of their respective areas.
The event was held to project and promote regional music and artists on the national level. Speaking about the event Director General PNCA Syed Jamal Shah said that PNCA provides a platform to the artists of far-flung areas and help them enter the mainstream. Such events are also the source of connecting people as art lovers from all walks of life attend the events.