KARACHI - Rafi Pir Theatre Workshop (RPTW), in collaboration with Telenor Pakistan, held the International Mystic Music Sufi Festival in Karachi. This year, main part of the festival was observed in Multan while RPTW and Telenor Pakistan also organised shows in Islamabad and Karachi besides a 3-day performance in Lahore. This is the fifth annual Sufi festival organised by RPTW. The festival brought to Pakistan a rich variety of Sufi music, both foreign and local. The featured groups hailed from Iran, Egypt, Algeria, Afghanistan, Morocco, Spain, France, Syria, India, the US and Pakistan. Pakistani artists Attaullah Esa Khelvi and Abida Parveen gave special performance. The festival took place in Multan from April 24 to 27 at the Old Stadium. In Islamabad, the debut took place on April 21 at the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa) while from April 25 to 27 the performances were presented in Lahore at the Peeru's Caf_. In Karachi, the festival concludes on April 30 at the Carlton Hotel. Commenting on the partnership, Chief Marketing Officer Telenor Pakistan, Lars Christian Iuel, said that promoting national culture, heritage and arts remains a very important part of Telenor Pakistan's sponsorship strategy. "We have been working with Rafi Pir Theatre Workshop to further expand the festival because it offers entertainment opportunities to the masses. This is the first time that the festival has toured in 3 major cities. Through the Sufi Festival, we aimed at highlighting culture and traditional hospitality of Pakistan. We, at Telenor Pakistan, believe that as a socially responsible corporate organisation, it is our duty to get involved with our local community in the promotion of culture and community development", he added Faizaan Pirzada, Director Rafi Pir Theatre Workshop, said, "We believe that such festivals with devotional practices impart a sense of tolerance, wisdom and a light to a new direction in the citizena." "The idea for touring festival is based on Sufism's message of peace and unity and the fact that, in today's world of increasing disparity, the message of Sufi music should be heard throughout the world. Sufi music has the ability to cross all geographical, national, religious, and language barriers and should thus be used as an instrument of spiritual unity", he added.