“Lok Mela” kicks off on Friday at Shakarparian in Islamabad

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The Mega cultural event of Pakistan, popularly known as “Lok Mela” kicked off on Friday at Shakarparian in Islamabad. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority has setup the rich KP Pavilion in Lok Mela which remains a center of attraction to all the local and foreign visitors as well as tourists and families.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa pavilion portrays skilled Artisans and Craftsmen & Women from all over KP including D.I Khan, Hazara, Malakand and merged areas. The 10-day festival aims at promoting, perpetuating and preserving arts, crafts, culture, folk music and traditional skills of Pakistan. This unique event has now become a symbol of the federation’s recognition and patronage to our rich cultural diversity and active participation of the people.

During the festival Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for Minority Affairs, Wazirzada visited the pavilion and stalls set up in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pavilion and appreciated the excellent arrangements and initiatives taken by the Provincial Government and Provincial Tourism Authority.

Wazirzada said that the women of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa prepare world-class crafts whose access to the global market is integral. Lok Mela serves to be an important platform to showcase their work to the world. The Culture & Tourism Authority has not only provided a platform to these talented people but also supports linkage of all their work to the relevant stakeholders.

He added that such fairs and shows should be organized from different districts of the province including Peshawar to encourage these talents. Thousands of tourists have visited the pavilion in the folk festival Lok Mela, which started on November 25. Under the auspices of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Culture and Tourism Authority, the provincial pavilion has been decorated in the Lok Mela.

More than 30 stalls of handicrafts and cultural items have been set up by the Culture and Tourism Authority from many districts of KP including merged areas to present the skills of the artisans of the province. An information desk and a digital screen portraying the information, events, and rich colours of KP are on display to attract visitors.

The KP pavilion has a traditional hall for the participants, coffee house, food and drink stalls including Waziristani, Khattak dance performance and touch of traditional Rabab music are also part of the pavilion to entertain the tourists. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cultural Music Night is another attraction for the families and visitors which will be held on December 3rd where Folk Music and Songs will be performed by prominent Artists of KP and Merged areas.