ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa is all set to color the month of November with vibrancy of cultural activities that will attract art, craft and heritage lovers for whole month.
The events will start with International classic film `The Sun’ under Mandwa – Lok Virsa’s film club on November 7 to revive the classical cinema and entertain the movie lovers.
On November 9, the craft of month programme of Lok Virsa will engage the young craft persons with master artisans in the workshop of Doll Making.
The programme focuses on the slogan of “Harnessing Culture with Education” with the objective to highlight a particular craft every month for a week with the major emphasis to promote traditional crafts and provide an opportunity to the youth community, who has little or no exposure to the living cultural heritage of Pakistan, to interact with craftspeople and learn essential craft related techniques.
These craft-persons will not only display their crafts and make them in front of the people but will also teach and have materials for them to experiment with the medium. This will give a hands on opportunity to become familiar with the folk crafts, said the organizers.
The program creates a link between culture and education; encourage students/youth to value dignity of labor; foster ownership for their culture, inculcate respect for different professions and character building; help understand the contributions of artisans in the sustainable development of their community and country at large; engage students/youth in creative works by providing them on-ground opportunities to learn the crafts from artisans; recognize the hard work of artisans associated with various crafts in order to ensure continuity of the crafts from generation to generations and document, promote and preserve the crafts of Pakistan.
On November 15, the Institute will hold a Fund Raiser Musical Evening by DIL and there will be Theater performances on November 20.
The College of Youth Activism and Development (CYAAD) and Small Grant Ambassador Fund Program (SGAFP) in collaboration with Lok Virsa will hold the Final Contest of Saroz, Musical Instrument of Balochistan
On November 27. This will include performances of traditional Balochi-Pashtun string instrument “Saroz”.
The joint venture “Balochistan Cultural Preservation and Revitalization Project” is conceived by CYAAD and supported by SGAFP to preserve Saroz through training of young people in two districts of Balochistan.
The programme aims to revitalize folk music and people’s confidence on its significance as metaphor of peace, tolerance and social harmony.
This event would pay a tribute to the bolstering but unheard folk musicians of Balochistan who have lit this candle for centuries despite countless odds and miseries.
Besides film screening on almost all the weekends of November, a Winter Craft Bazaar organized by Sahil will attract the art and craft lovers on November 29.