Lahore (Qasim Ali) IAC Mela, a 3 day visual and performing arts festival engrossed the audience fully with delightful performances, exciting competitions comprising of poetry, photography, flower arrangement, dream house design and innovative artwork exhibitions at the Institute for Art and Culture (IAC) on the second day as well. Students participated enthusiastically in all the competitions and won numerous prizes after showcasing their valuable talent and skills.
Children’s German Film Festival, another exciting feature of the festival received immense appreciation from the visitors. In the festival four films based on different inspiring themes and subjects were screened with English subtitles. German Film festival will remain continue tomorrow on the concluding day. Beside students and teachers, appreciative audience comprising of youth attended the festival and encouraged the performers.
The second edition of International “Tamasha Theatre festival” is also running parallel to IAC Mela, in which total 16 performances, including Kathak, theatre, storytelling, music puppetry and open mic competitions were presented on the Saturday. IAC is hosting the international Tamasha Festival in collaboration with ASSITEJ Pakistan, Maas Foundation, chota Mota Theatre, Hur Sukh and The Little Art.
Tamasha 2019 is a 3-day festival presenting performances for children and young audiences, interactive workshops by distinguished national and international trainers for local artists and discussion sessions for general public. “Tamasha” primarily focuses on presenting shows for children and young adults.
Talented students and aspiring actors from leading educational and cultural institutes, theatre groups and dramatic societies presented a variety of performances for entertainment and awareness of young audience. These performances were entitled Kathak and Parchanna, Red Alert, Julius Ceaser, Hathi ka Bucha, Wizard of Oz and Chronicles of Narnia, Saanjh, The White Out, Pinnochio, Zindagi Kahanian, Beside You, No Name, Channan Akhiyan da and Shehr-e-Barzakh.
Veteran Kathak instructor Bina Jawwad conducted a training workshop “Introduction to Dance” and briefed the participants about the basics of the dance and its historical significance. Chinese actor and trainer Zang Ningbei also headed a workshop “Playing games on Stage” with students and shared his experience and expertise with them.
The festival has also contributed in the promotion of traditional crafts and tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Pakistan. Beautiful stalls of cultural dresses, handmade jewelry, pottery designs and inventive art pieces attracted the visitors who showed great interest in art and crafts stalls.