KARACHI: The ninth Karachi Youth Festival will begin from September 24 and continue till October 1, informed former president of Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi Ahmed Shah during a press conference on Tuesday.
The eight-day festival seeks to incorporate hope among the young people, he said while addressing the media in the presence of all the office bearers of the Arts Council. He remarked that categories among which the competitions will be held include singing, theater, painting, comedy vines, short film, photography, dance, quiz and declamation contests and essay writing. He said that the winner in each category will receive Rs100,000 as a prize.
More than 15,000 participants, between the ages of 14 to 29, across the city have so far been registered for the festival, he said, adding that registration closes on September 22. The opening ceremony will be performed by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and it will be followed by a musical concert featuring Shahzad Roy.
It is the only cultural youth festival being celebrated at any level in Pakistan, claimed Shah. Such festivals aim to promote arts and we provide emerging young artists a platform to polish and enhance their skills with the help of qualified and recognised mentors, he added.
Criticising the government, Shah said that it never prioritises liberal arts. "Such events encourage young artists from the streets to showcase their talents," he remarked.
Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2016.