ISLAMABAD (APP)- National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa participated in the Second Contest on Better Practices in Communities held in Tokyo, Japan through its entry/ presentation on the topic Revival of Performing Arts in Baltistan. In line with its on-going efforts to document and safeguard intangible cultural heritage of Pakistan, the entry was presented in the contest by Syed Muhammad Abbas, a writer and researcher from Gilgit-Baltistan on behalf of Lok Virsa. The contest was organized under the aegis of Asia Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO, Japan. A total of37 entries from different countries were submitted to ACCU for the contest, said Khalid Javaid, Executive Director Lok Virsa while talking to APP. After examining all the entries by an international jury, entry from Pakistan was selected for a special prize of Honorable Mention among four entries from three countries. Abbas received the award from ACCU in a prestigious event held in Tokoshema Prefecture in Tokyo in November 2009. In Pakistan, Lok Virsa is a close collaborator of ACCU, and has been effectively participating in almost all its major activities organized from time to time, Khalid Javaid added.