Rawalpindi - The grand inaugural ceremony of “Sohna Punjab Festival 2015” would be held today (Tuesday) at all the divisional headquarters of Punjab with the objective to provide recreational facilities to citizens and promotion of cultural values.

Punjab Parliamentary Secretary Information and Culture Rana Muhammad Arshad stated this while addressing a press conference here at Rawalpindi Arts Council (RAC) on Monday. PML-N MPA Tariq Mehmood Bajwa, Resident Director RAC Waqar Ahmad and others were also present on the occasion.

Rana Arshad said that the event has been arranged in connection with the Independence Day celebrations of Pakistan and “Sohna Punjab Festival” would commence from August 4, 2015 and continue up to August 30, 2015. He announced that the federal or provincial governments and any other government functionary had not released any fund for the event and all expenditures would be catered by media entertainment management with spirit to promote the cultural heritage of Punjab as well as other provinces.

Arshad revealed that no entry fee or parking charging would be received at the venue of Public Park (Nawaz Sharif Park) and the prime objective of the event was to introduce the handicraft and artistic work of craftsmen and artists, besides encouraging entertainments activities.

Replying to a question, Arshad said that Punjab government was extending financial assistance to deserving artists and Rs 20 million have been earmarked by the CM Punjab for the purpose.