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.
Pak artist Alishba presents her work to Barrister Imran Hussain MP
LONDON: Artist & Disability Rights Activist, Syeda Alishba Amin-ud-Din (an 18-year-old-girl with special needs) was welcomed by British Shadow Justice Minister Barrister Imran Hussain MP at his office here today.
Accompanied by her mother Dr. Iffat Sultana (Assistant Professor, Iqra University, Karachi), Alishba presented one of her paintings to Imran Hussain at the conclusion of the meeting.
While Dr. Iffat focuses on her daughter, transforming her disability into ability by means of education, Alishba believes that all girls with unique abilities should not give up (as they are smarter, courageous and resilient than they think they are. No disability can stop them).
Alishba is presently exhibiting her works at Zari Gallery. This is her third exposition at London.
A relevant piece published earlier:
Celebrated painter Jamil Naqsh is no more
LAHORE: Death of the celebrated painter Jamil Naqsh (Sitara-e-Imtiaz) has closed a brilliant chapter in the Indo-Pak history of visual art.
The deceased artist used to work at National Advertisers at that ‘remote epoch’ when artists used to specialize in certain domains. For instance, an artist drawing K2 peak for an advertisement used to paint more or less the same thing over and over again with some modifications. Similarly, there were artists who used to make only biscuits, etc.
Jamil Naqsh, who was influenced by Picasso, has given a new dimension to the Islamic calligraphy. The pigeons fluttering in his house also molded his mind towards panting the bird. His works – calligraphy, birds, women, and children – fetched very good prices from collectors even when he was in the middle of his career.
Monet’s Haystack sold for $110.7m
NEW YORK:A Claude Monet painting from his celebrated “Meules” (Haystacks) series fetched $110.7 million here on Tuesday in an auction record for the French Impressionist master.
The sale at Sotheby’s – the first time the work had come to auction since 1986 — fetched one of the 10 highest prices ever seen at auction.
The total, which includes fees and the commission, was more than 44 times the previous record for the work.
It was the first time an Impressionist painting fetched more than $100 million.
Monet painted his 25 “Meules” compositions during the winter of 1890-1891 at his home in Giverny, in France’s Normandy region.
In each piece, Monet showed the light and surroundings of the same scene as they changed at different times of day, with the varying seasons and during various types of weather.
Another painting from the series was sold in November 2016 by the Christie’s auction house in New York for $81.4 million.
The piece sold at Sotheby’s is among the most immediately recognizable Monet paintings.
It distinguishes itself from others in the series by its vibrant paint palette, dramatic diagonal brushstrokes of varying directions that meet at the center and a unique perspective with only part of the first haystack appearing in the foreground.
“We feel — and I think people, when they stand in front of this, would largely agree — that this is an even nicer example” than the one sold in 2016, Sotheby’s Julian Dawes told AFP.
“It’s enchanting. You just can’t look away.”
The anonymous collector who brought the painting to be auctioned had purchased it in 1986 at Christie’s for just $2.5 million.