ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa has postponed the annual Lok Mela for two days due to the prevailing situation of roads blockage and unavailability of all artistes participating in the event. Earlier the 10-day annual Lok Mela was scheduled to start from November 2-11, 2018. The objective of the festival is to reinforce and strengthen national integration by promoting the cultural heritage of Pakistan through active participation of all provinces, including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Hundreds of master artisans, folk artistes, folk performers and folk dance groups from all over the country participate in the festival bringing with them their skills and creativity. The Folk Festival of Pakistan aims to capture cultural glimpses of Pakistan for 10 days at the beautifully designed provincial pavilions. Starting in the year 1982, this unique event has become a symbol of the federation’s recognition and patronage to the rich cultural diversity and active participation of the people of Pakistan, said the organisers.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 3rd, 2018.