islamabad - The three grand events, CPEC Cultural Caravan, Artists Convention and closing ceremony of 9th National Art Exhibition, will leave a significant cultural impact at home and abroad, Pakistan National council of the Arts Director General Syed Jamal Shah said on Thursday while briefing media men about the upcoming mega events.

Support to these initiatives shows government’s patronage towards promoting and mainstreaming Pakistani culture to wipe off the ambiguous notions about the country, he said.

Shah said that government had generously provided funds for culturally-important interventions.

Recently, the government approved the PC-II of National Film Academy and provided Rs55 million for feasibility study and design competition. The government approved another five PSDP projects including National Centre of Excellence for Performing Arts, up-gradation of technical facilities for film projection, construction of a restaurant along with souvenir shop, installation of multilingual multimedia information system for visitors of the National Art Gallery and the PNCA open-air theatre, he said.    

The DG said that the Cultural Caravan had provided a platform where exchange of ideas, cultures and norms took place among people of opposing backgrounds, cultural norms and values. The joint artistic tour particularly helped pave the way for the participants and in the long term, the people of both Pakistan and China, to develop a strong bond based on cultural ideals. It helped artists of both the countries in attaining a better insight regarding local culture, art and musical variety of Pakistan as well as China, Shah said.

He said that the 9th grand art show is dedicated to the 9 legendary artists of Pakistan, Ahmed Khan, Bashir Ahmad, Colin David (Late), Hajra Mansur, Ijaz ul Hassan, Mansur Rahi, Iqbal Geofrey, Saeed Akhtar and Zulqarnain Haider.