NAC, CPEC Cultural Caravan Festival to conclude on Monday

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ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (APP):The grand cultural events, including National Artists Convention (NAC) and China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Cultural Caravan Festival, organized by the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, will conclude here on Monday.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is expected to be the chief guest at the concluding ceremony, PNCA Director General Jamal Shah said while talking to APP.
The three-day National Artists Convention started on Saturday while the two-day CPEC Cultural Caravan Festival opened on Sunday.
Jamal Shah said the Cultural Caravan Festival included visual arts and photography exhibitions, film screenings, music, dance performances, fashion and textile show, book launch, seminar, handicrafts display and cultural cuisine from China and Pakistan.
He said in the seminar, which would be held on Monday, speakers would deliberate the measures, policy and regulatory framework to benefit from the opportunities presented by the creative economy and culture and creative industry in general and to focus and evaluate the potential bilateral trade and cooperation in culture and creative industry and cultural exchange between China and Pakistan.
Jamal Shah said the cultural excursion under the title Cultural Caravan 2017-18 was a unique initiative of the PNCA, which was composed of a diverse group of Pakistani and Chinese artists, musicians, dancers, photographers, anthropologists, writers and filmmakers.
This caravan traveled from Xi’an, China, to Gwadar, Pakistan, documenting and reflecting upon the land, life and people along the CPEC during the month of November.
Talking about the National Artists Convention, Jamal Shah said it was a moot of renowned Pakistani artists from all the fields to discuss validity of art and culture, and to ponder on the challenges faced by them.
He said one-step forward and two-steps backwards had been the norm of cultural movement for several decades and the trend did not seem to let up, and because of which both the art and the artist suffered.
He said leading artists, musicians, filmmakers and producers in various forms of art had been provided a common platform at the National Artist Convention to discuss cultural issues and finalize recommendations for submission to the authorities to take necessary steps to alleviate the condition of the artists and try to remove ambiguities prevailing in various fields of arts.
He said five thematic discussion groups would come up with the recommendations that would be presented to the prime minister for induction into the government’s development programme.
Renowned actor Qavi Khan highly appreciated the government for inviting artists from across the country to discuss their issues and finalize recommendations for resolving them.
Film Star Mustafa Qureshi also lauded government for inviting artists from across the country to discuss their issues. Organizing a national convention was commendable to formalize a strategy for resolving their issues, he added.
Other leading artists participating in the convention welcomed the government decision to announce culture and film policies in the concluding session of the National Artists Convention.
They specially appreciated the efforts of Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb for taking keen interest in resolving the issues being faced by the artists.
Meanwhile, on the second day of the convention Sunday, the artists discussed and finalized recommendations for the improvement of art and artists in the country.