LAHORE - The Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) is going to organise a three-day theatre festival from March 18 to 20 at Hazoori Bagh.

In recent years, the number of tourists was enhanced with different measures taken by the authority. Not only several historical buildings in the old city were restored, the WCLA also restored the interest of public which had faded away in past.

On first day of the festival, a play ‘Shah’ will be presented by the students of Punjab University while Sufi Tabassum Academy will present ‘Aj Akhaan Waris Shah Nu’.

‘Gorakh Dhanda’ by University of Management and Technology, ‘Roshni’ by National College of Arts (NCA), and ‘Pyar Ek Khel Shezadon Ka’ by Allama Iqbal Open University is on the list for second day.

On the concluding day of the first ever theatre festival, two plays will be presented: ‘Asal Kee Zanjeer’ by the students of Lahore Garrison University; ‘Sher-e-Mesore’ by the students of Government College University.

The initiative, taken by the WCLA, is aimed to promote the tourism in the historic walled city, said WCLA Director General Kamran Lashari. “

The purpose is to relive and revitalise the cultural activities in Lahore, and regain the public trust in visiting the historical sites,” Lashari told The Nation.

WCLA spokespersons Tania Qureshi said that the festival would take the viewers in the past era. And, with viewing the theatrical performances against the backdrop of the Lahore Fort’s grandiose Alamgiri Gate, she added, the true tales and accounts based plays on the life of Mughals, British and Sikh indeed will make viewers travel through centuries back. “In the festival, both theater groups and students will perform.”