LAHORE - Ajoka Theatre is going to present 2nd Annual Empower Theatre Festival in collaboration with Government College University showcasing theatre groups from Lahore, Karachi and Faisalabad student clubs, youth theatre groups and Ajoka’s own young team

The festival will start with performance of Ajoka play “Mera Rang de Basanti Chola” today. Teams from leading educational institutes like LUMS, Punjab University and agricultural university Faisalabad will perform their plays on the second and third day, whereas Actor Studio Karachi and theatre group Sangat will also highlight social issues through their plays during the festival.

The festival will conclude on 4th of November with Ajoka’s performance on its evergreen play “Lo phir Basant Aae”. The venue of festival is the historic Bukhari Auditorium of Government College University Lahore.

Ajoka theatre attaches great importance to the involvement of youth in meaningful theatre.

Shahid Nadeem director of the festival said that Empower Theatre Festival has become a significant event as all participating teams are vibrant and plays are a rich mix of enjoyable and colorful form and thought-provoking socially relevant content.

At times when people have forgotten to communicate with each other on crucial and divisive issues, theatre provides a platform for reflection and dialogue. There will be different plays each day, full of youthful exuberance, strong social comment and delightful presentations. We hope Our audience, young and the young at heart, will thoroughly enjoy this “empowering” experience, he concluded.


The Department of Film & Television, National College of Arts in collaboration with the Alliance Française de Lahore held the first ever screening of documentary feature ‘A Walnut Tree’ directed by Ammar Aziz. Ammar is a graduate of the Department of Film & TV, NCA who has made a name for himself in the field of documentary filmmaking.

A Walnut Tree documentary is a multiple award winning film that has won critical acclaim all over the world. It has been officially selected for the 35th Jean Rouch International Film Festival, which is one of the most prestigious film festivals of France.

The film is about an internally displaced old man reminiscing about a distant homeland. The screening was attended by a large number of students and faculty members along the director of Alliance Française de Lahore Stéphane Gaillard.