The Government of Denmark in collaboration with the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) held a large scale public event to celebrate the diversity of culture in Pakistan while highlighting art and culture as a tool for socio economic change.

The event was held at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) and highlighted the Danish experience with the power of art, culture and creative industries through its development cooperation in Pakistan.

Speaking at the ceremony, Ambassador of Denmark, Ole Thonke Ambassador Thonke said that the Danish support to the cultural sector aimed to help Pakistan reclaim and revive public space and use its culture as a tool for promoting tolerance and peace. He also saw it as an important way to revive the creative industries and create economic opportunities for the people of Pakistan.

The event included an exhibition of the work carried out by the local partners AHAN, Ajoka, The Little Art, BNU/LBF, Hashoo Foundation, Shirkatgah, Punjab University, Khawendo Kore, CWSA, CYAAD, Alhamra Arts Council, Olomopolo/KSS, UNESCO and Freemuse.

These 14 organizations and their local partners are working with art and culture in a social context with the aim to reduce poverty, support peace and stabilization as well as strengthening democratization, human rights and gender equality.

Ole Ramsing, CKU-Programme Manager Pakistan said that Pakistan has a long and proud cultural tradition, but the privilege to partake in cultural activities is unevenly distributed.

The exhibition was followed by musical performances by local musicians of Ajoka, CYAAD, Shirkatgah and Hashoo Foundation and also a live performance of Danish musicians “Live Strings” who played pieces from the classical repertoire, including Tango Jalousie, as well as their own compositions.