ISLAMABAD           -       A grand colourful closing ceremony of 13-day long International Islamabad Art Festival 2019 was held here at local hotel.

The artists of USA, Brazil, Mexico, China, Turkey, United Kingdom and Pakistan performed in the grand show and got big applause from the audience.

British Pakistani Sufi Opera Star Saira Peter, was the leading singer who enthralled audience with fusion of eastern and western tunes at the grand musical show. Saira Peter sang famous songs of Urdu Opera and got a big applause from the audience.  

Saira brought the unique genre of Sufi opera music to the federal capital. She was joined by her music director Steven Smith and her family. She said, “I have performed in many countries but there is nothing like coming home. The love for my country and its people is the greatest motivation in anything I do.”

The artists of Ballet Beyond Borders (BBB) also performed traditional dances and entertained the audience. The BBB presented classical ballet and all genres of dance from folkloric and native American cultures with indigenous nations of Africa and South America, hip-hop, tap and contemporary choreography.

The BBB artists included Julia Launay Duarte, Jenifer Kerber, Kasfer, Kya-Rae Arthur and Walts Lez Barrers. 

Qurban Niazi also enthralled audience by singing various folk songs in his own style and got applause from the audience. Folk Punjabi singer Fazal Jutt also performed at the musical show.

Turkish artists Whirling Darwash also performed and enthralled the audience. Whirling dervishes are a classic image of Turkey, spinning serenely in their tombstone-like felt hats and billowing white robes to create a fascinating ceremony aimed at achieving oneness with God.