ISLAMABAD  - The colourful 10-day folk festival, Lok Mela is in full swing with all its festivities continued to be a major source of attraction for the residents of twin cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.

Lok Mela organised by Lok Virsa at Shakarparian on April 6 will conclude on Sunday (April 15). Since the first day of its inauguration the ‘mela’ became talk of the town among the residents of the two cities. The major features of the festival to attract the public include artisans-at-work exhibition, provincial cultural pavilions, folkloric songs and dance ensembles, rural musicians, cultural evenings, promotional stalls by public organizations and NGOs, general assembly of crafts people, an exotic craft bazaar, traditional food cuisine and food stalls have enthralled both adults and children.

Anum Ehsaan, a visitor from Rawalpindi while talking to APP here on Saturday said this Lok Mela is amazing and these folkloric songs and dance ensembles by the artists have mesmerized me and my kids.

All provinces and regions including Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir got the opportunity to showcase their respective rich cultures comprising indigenous folk music, songs, traditional dances and traditional cuisines.

A large number of people from different walks of life including professional and general masses, art and craft experts, cultural personalities, diplomats, political figures, media persons and students visited and entertained by the fascinating performances of the artists.

Qurat-ul-Ain, another female visitor purchasing from a stall said that `Truck Art & Craft’  is stunning and my daughters were highly excited to purchase the handmade dolls from `Thatta kedona’, (a village toy stall).

“Craftwork here is superb and unique of its kind. Prices are also reasonable, I wish that this festival to be continue for few days more,” she added.