The annually held 15th National Folk Puppet Festival concluded at Rafi Peer Cultural Centre, Raiwind Road on Sunday with the mascot parade as its notable feature. The three-day festival is the highlight of Lahore’s activity calendar and it is one of the largest cultural events held in Pakistan that promotes folk arts and crafts.
The event is a major attraction for families and children because of the diversity of puppets attracting thousands of visitors on a daily basis. However due to lack of support from the Punjab government the festival could not become a national sensation.
The festival organised by Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop invited Krishan Lal Bheel, Bahadar Ali, Bashir Dhamali, Abdul Aziz, Abid Ali, Muhammad Jamil and Muhammad Bashir to showcase their talent. They were also joined by the Pakistan National Council of Arts, Alhamra Puppet Theatre and Asghar Bahawalpuri. As in the past, the festival was a delightful amalgamation of music, puppetry, dance and crafts.
The Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop is a non-profit organisation working for the last 37 years to promote culture and arts across the globe. The organisation has managed over 50 festivals having almost 30,000 performers from all around the world, including Pakistan.
Lahore being the cultural capital of Pakistan, it is expected that in the future the Punjab government will take notice of such contributions and help in facilitating the Rafi Peer Theatre in promoting the cultural image of the country as a whole.