LAHORE The third annul Gypsy Mela is going to be organised by Grass Root Organisation for Human Development (GODH) in collaboration with Punjab Social Welfare Department and Baitul Maal Department at Children Library Complex on April 6. The GODH, which is engaged in spreading education in gypsy hamlets around the provincial metropolis, is now again going to organise a daylong multicoloured cultural festival. The festival is aimed at empowering the underprivileged yet talented segment of the society in order to cope with the social alienation through presentation of their performing art skills and productivity. Talking to TheNation, GODH Executive Director Nazir Ahmed Ghazi said, We are trying to bring the attention of our government towards these neglected segments of society through this one-day festival. He said the festival was purposed to acknowledge the role of gypsy community in preservation of our dying culture and folklores. He said it was true that that majority of the gypsies were quite competent in performing art and making traditional toys and needlework but none of the state institution was ready to cope with the issue of their social alienation. However, he said, entirety of the civil society groups acknowledged the richness of their culture and skills. The gypsy men and women are used to perform in the streets for the entertainment of the general masses but we never thought about the promotion of gypsy culture and trade, he added. GODH will also organise an exhibition of hand-made products of the gypsy women to promote the small enterprises for the welfare of gypsy community, he said. More than 3,000 gypsies from all over the country are expected to participate in the festival wherein a number of stalls of handicraft, toys, needlework and traditional food would be set. He informed that they had already held traditional sports contests of the gypsies including wrestling, donkey race and others and the winners would be awarded at the concluding session of the festival.