LAHORE  - The annual Faiz Aman Mela – Faiz Peace Festival –brought festivity to the city as a large number of people gathered at Jinnah Garden’s Open Air Theatre to remember the revolutionary poet Faiz Ahmed Faiz on Sunday. The Mela is organised every year to commemorate the birth anniversary (February 13) of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. The event is jointly organised by the Faiz Aman Mela Committee and Awami Workers Party. The Faiz Aman Mela has been held every year since 1986. A large number of political workers, trade unionists, fans, friends and comrades of Faiz as well as his family members attended the festival.

On the occasion, a large number of singers enthralled the audiences by singing Faiz’s poetry and songs. The audiences while waving red flags were chanting slogans for the revolution—a revolution which gave power to the oppressed and working class. To add colors to the mela, a number of folk songs were also sung by prominent singers amid dance performances on drum beat.

Arif Lohar, Nida Faiz, Waris Beg, Akram Rahi and others performed on the occasion.

While sharing memories, former principal of National College of Arts and daughter of Faiz Ahmed Faiz Salima Hashami said that the festival was aimed at not only remembering and paying tribute to her father but it was to tell the new generations about the struggle of the great poet for the working classes.

Adeel Hashmi, grandson of Faiz Ahmed Faiz, said that there was a dire need to understand the message of Faiz which he had given through his poetry.

On the occasion, book stalls were set up where wide ranges of books were available to buy. A pamphlet was also distributed among the audiences by the Awami Workers Party which demanded of the government to immediately halt the process of negotiations with terrorists.