ISLAMABAD: Hashoo Foundation in collaboration with Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) has initiated a series of events from 31st July- 31st December, 2015, in Hunza, Gilgit and Chitral.
The objective of these events is to help reduce the poverty and marginalisation of artisans and craftsmen/women by introducing them to means, skills and resources in effectively organizing themselves both socially and economically.
In order to achieve the above-mentioned objective, 19 traditional festivals and one gala have been planned to revive and serve as a driver for cultural renewal and peace building. Out of which, festivals namely ‘Hoper Festival (13th Sept)’, ‘Two Day Traditional Cultural Show -Ghakuch Balla, District Ghizer (19th - 20th September)’, ‘Two Day Traditional Cultural Festival- Gupis, District Ghizer (3rd- 4th October’), Inauguration of a traditional music school- Aliabad (7th October), ‘One Day Local Level Festival Binisik (13th October)and ‘One Day Local Level Festival The mshaling (13th October)’, have already been taken place. These festivals had all the cultural recipes one would love to see, which include traditional dances, shina and khower songs, folk comedy and folk dramas, traditional food stalls, women honey business group stalls and culinary art stalls.
The traditional culinary stalls, traditional embroideries and locally made instruments stalls were overwhelmingly appreciated by the crowd.
Chief Guests Mr. Fida Khan Fida (Provincial Parliamentary Secretary for Planning and Development, GB), Mr. Captain (R) Sami Ullah (Assistant Commissioner Aliabad, Hunza, GB), Ms. Sobia Muqaddam (Provincial Minister for Culture, Women Development and Youth Affairs, GB) and Mr. Rahat Karim (Assistant Director Tourism), emphasised the importance of preserving culture and appreciated Center for Culture and Development’s and Hashoo Foundation’s efforts to help promote such activities in these culturally rich regions. “One of our main focus as a nation is to preserve our identity and we need to take concrete steps at the grassroots level towards this aim. I appreciate Center for Culture and Development’s and Hashoo Foundation’s commitment and believe that this initiative will go a long way towards the fulfilment of our aim. I will urge more organisations to dedicate resource in order to further promote our culture”, said Mr. Captain Retried Sami Ullah, Assistant Commissioner Aliabad, Hunza, G-B.
Apart from the festivals, CKU and Hashoo Foundation are also working on introducing cultural schools and enterprises around senior artisans, with an upgradation of their tools, where junior artisans would get a chance to polish their skills according to the market needs. Furthermore, professional trainers are being hired to conduct trainings of value chain development in stone, woodcraft and traditional music. Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) is committed to promote Culture in Pakistan and is running numerous projects to achieve this objective. – The News