islamabad - A ten-day folk festival “Lok Mela” to be held at Garden Avenue Shakarparian would focus on provincial harmony and national integration while highlighting the contribution of our people in building the future of our country. Senior officials of National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) told APP that the ten-day folk festival would start from November 2 at Garden Avenue Shakarparian.  The officials said that in this regard all preparations are being finalized to make the festival more entertaining and attractive for the visitors.

The Lok Mela will start daily from 10 am to 10 pm and will give an opportunity to the residents of the twin cities to experience the colours and warmth of diverse cultures from all over the country. Provincial pavilions, food courts, musical theaters, kid corners and display of arts and crafts as well as traditional heritage from every corner of Pakistan will be available at Garden Avenue, Shakarparian.

A musical evening representing every province will also take place daily in the Open Air Theatre at 7 pm which will be streamed LIVE on the following website: www.lokvirsa.org.pk. It would serve to disseminate the dynamic creativity of our countryside and give rural folk a pride in their identity. 

Hundreds of master artisans, folk artists, rural musicians and folk dancers from all over Pakistan including remote and far-flung regions would participate in the festival, bringing with them their creativity in arts, crafts and innovation and win recognition of their talent at a national level.  The festival will culminate with a colourful ceremony on Nov 11.