Ten Pakistani groups to perform at RPTW puppet festival


LAHORE: In a press conference held on Tuesday at the Lahore Press Club, Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop (RPTW) announced that the 11th National Folk Puppet Festival will commence on March 27, 2014 at the Rafi Peer Cultural Centre. 
RPTW is holding this event in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy and the festival will last for four days, ending on March 31, 2014. 
Ten groups from all over Pakistan are expected to participate in this spectacular cultural event. These include the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA), Islamabad and the Alhamra Puppet Theatre group. 
Moreover, a musical performance by Krishan Laal Bheel and group is also featured in the line up of activities at the puppet festival. Krishan Laal Bheel added his group would be representing the Cholistani musical tradition of the Bheels. 
While addressing members of the media, RPTW CEO Usman Peerzada said, “This festival will provide a platform for puppeteers in Pakistan, each of whom is outstanding in their art. It promises to be a colourful and culturally rich event.”
He also said that the aim of the festival is to promote puppetry and revive the place of puppetry in Pakistan, adding that wood puppetry has specially been on the decline. “Largely, of course, it is to provide wholesome entertainment,” Peerzada said. 
The Folk Puppet Festival, like all other cultural festivals organised by RPTW, is non-ticketed and the organisers are expecting a good turnout, especially of young children.

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