ISLAMABAD: A five-day Francophonie Festival kicked off here today to exhibit the diversity of French language & culture through a variety of events, including films, theatre, musical concert, and food.
The embassies of six different countries, including Argentina, Austria, Belgium, France, Switzerland, and Tunisia, are co-organizing the event with Alliance Francaise d’IsIamabad that will continue till 20th March.
The main event of the festival was held on Saturday, which drew a huge number of people desirous to know about the French culture as well as cuisine.
The event featured a French language dictée, a food festival, several films, and a concert. From 17th till 20th March, the festival would continue with a Kids Francophonie, film screenings and a theatre play.
At the food stalls, the variety of cuisine from the participating countries was displayed and enjoyed by the visitors. On the first day of the festival, three films including “Mr. Moll and the Chocolate Factory” (Switzerland), “Los Corroboradores” (Argentina) and “A better life” (Tunisia) were screened. The final event of the day was a musical concert in which the renowned band “The Wild ManGoes” enthralled the audience.
The members of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF) organize festivities in different locations every year on or around International Francophonie Day (20 March), to celebrate their common language and to promote diversity and intercultural exchanges.
With around 300 million French-speakers worldwide, the (IOF) represents one of the largest linguistic zones in the world. It was established in 1970 with a mission to embody the active solidarity between its members. The IOF consists of 61 member states and governments and 27 observers on all five continents, who together account for a population of 1.5 billion people.
The members of the IOF share not only a common language but also the humanist values promoted by the French language. The Organization holds political activities of multilateral cooperation that benefit the French-speaking population. Its actions respect cultural and linguistic diversity and serve to promote the French language, peace, and sustainable development.
Sialkot Tea House’ inaugurated
SIALKOT: The Deputy Commissioner Dr. Syed Bilal Haider inaugurated the newly-established ‘Sialkot Tea House’ here at Anwar Club on Thursday.
Speaking on this occasion, he said the poets, writers, novelists and other literary people were an important segment of society and they should be encouraged.
He announced the holding of regular Mehafil-e-Mushaira and other literary meetings here to promote literary activities in the city.
The poets and writers, including Mansur Afaq, Farhat Abbas Shah, Dr. Sughra Sadaf, Haroon-ul- Rasheed, SVP Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Waqas Akram Awan, Abdul Shakur Mirza, Manager Public Relations Sialkot International Airport, senior journalists and teachers also attended the ceremony.
Lok Virsa’s museums to remain close on March 21, 23
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology (Heritage Museum) and Pakistan Monument Museum (PMM) will remain closed on Thursday and Saturday, March 23rd due to inaccessibility of adjoining roads for preparations regarding Pakistan Day parade.
According to a press release issued by National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa, due to preparations regarding Pakistan Day parade taking place at Parade Ground near Lok Virsa premises, the Pakistan National Museum of Ethnology (Heritage Museum) and Pakistan Monument Museum (PMM) will remain closed as per previous practice.
8th edition of Lahore Literary Festival to be held in NewYork, London:Founder LLF
ISLAMABAD: The next 8th edition of Lahore Literary Festival (LLF) would be held in New York and London as in Lahore this year a large number of people attended the festival said Founder LLF Razi Ahmed on Monday.
In an interview, he said it is imperative for the people to interact with literary people in such events and get a chance to be connected with different literary books.
This year 7th edition of Lahore Literary Festival has its own identity, strength and roots which could help in change in mind sets of people abroad he added.
He said in such events people of every age including young,old could interact with different thousands of books.
He lauded the present government steps for visas on arrival for sixty countries which could help bring more and more people could come and attend these kinds of events.
Literary books and festivals was imperative for people in every era as in 20th century it could play more vital role for the development of thoughts of the young generation he added.
He said in Lahore Literary Festival it was very positive gesture that people of Gilgit Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan also come and attended the festival.