Islamabad: The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) has announced that their famous annual 10-day mega event ‘Lok Mela’ will commence from November 15 at Lok Virsa Complex in Shakarparian, according to news sources.
The inaugural ceremony of the event will be attended by Minister for Federal Education, Professional Training, National History and Literary Heritage Shafqat Mahmood.
The event will showcase artisans at work, provincial heritage pavilions, folk music, folk dances, a crafts’ bazaar, and other cultural activities. Following the tradition of the past four decades, the festival will start with a formal Chadarposhi and Dastarbandi ceremony. It is Lok Virsa’s way of highlighting the skill of craftspeople, folk artists and other local talents.
The cultural departments from all the provinces of the country (including AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan) have been called upon to set up pavilions at the event. This is to create a veritable display of traditional customs, artists, handicrafts and cuisines. Live concerts, featuring traditional artists, will offer music and dance performances. The event itinerary is designed to promote all colours of Pakistan’s hereditary culture.