The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) has announced to hold its annual mega event known as “Lok Mela” from 6th November 2020.

We are pleased to announce that NIFTH Lok Virsa plans to hold its annual “LOK MELA” from 6th November.

The National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa), an autonomous cultural organization working under Federal Government, has announced to hold its annual mega event known as “Lok Mela” from 6th November 2020.

The festival is scheduled from 6th to 15th November 2020 at Lok Virsa Complex, Garden Avenue, Shakarparian, Islamabad.

The inaugural ceremony of the 10-day event will be held on Friday, November 6, 2020 at 1500 hours which is expected to be graced by Mr. Shafqat Mahmood, Minister for Federal Education, Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture as the Chief Guest.

The main features include cultural pavilions from all provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir including an international pavilion, artisans at work, folk songs and dance performances, exotic craft bazaar, cultural nights, folkloric performances, food courts and many other activities.

As per tradition, the festival will formally open with a chadarposhi/ dastarbandi ceremony, which is a way of proclaiming Lok Virsa’s commitment to the high stature that craftspeople and folk artists in society. This year, one established master craftswoman and one male folk artist/ musician will be honoured with chaddarposhi and dastarbandi by the chief guest.

Culture departments of all provinces, Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu & Kashmir and diplomatic community have been invited to set up pavilions presenting their indigenous folk culture, artisans, folk artists and traditional cuisine as link nodes of the festival‘s foundation grid.

Special attractions featuring folk singers, folk entertainers and other entertaining shows will be organized throughout the festival duration. Display of traditional folk dances from all over Pakistan will be held in the open air theatre at intervals. Folk entertainers and rural musicians are invited from all over the country to participate in the festival.

An exotic craft bazaar with score of tastefully decorated pavilions offering a variety of souvenirs, antiques, craft items, gems & jewelry and cultural materials will also be erected.

Each province, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu & Kashmir will hold its cultural night during Lok Mela in which eminent folk artists and folk performers hailing from the respective province/ region will perform live in a concert.

Traditional mouth-watering Pakistani cuisines will be arranged at the venue of the festival.

The festival will culminate with a colorful award ceremony scheduled to take place on the last day i.e. Sunday, November 15, 2020 in which cash awards will be distributed among the most talented and deserving artisans on the recommendations of a national jury constituted for the purpose in full view of the national media.

Mela entry ticket will be Rs.50/- per head. Daily timings will be from 10am to 10pm.

Please stay tuned for further updates.