LAHORE - Music, dance, theatre, puppetry and films. How do you find them all in one place? Lahoris love for arts and their heritage knows no bounds. The 14th four-day Youth Performing Arts Festival being held at Alhamra Cultural Complex near Qaddafi Stadium is a treat for young people of the city to explore the different genres of arts.

The festival organized by Rafi Peer Theater Workshop’s is held every year to promote the youth’s arts, talent and expression. The festival is a complete platform of entertaining performances by the brilliant youth.

The festival on its third day featured music, dance, theatre, puppetry and films made by the youth. The YPAF remains one of the first and only platforms for performing young artists to compete at a national and international level. The Youth Award given at the end of festival has become synonymous with the discernment of excellence, bestowing honour upon its recipient, while also fostering the spirit of quality and competition. These awards are used to encourage and challenge the young people of our nation to be fearlessly ambitious.

Different schools and universities staged plays and won over the hearts of audiences. The plays ‘The Secret’ performed by City School, ‘Sood-o-Ziyaan’ from Bahauddin Zakariya University, ‘Tick tick boom’ by Lahore Grammar School, ‘Natak’ and many other plays were presented at the festival.

Natak was a play directed by Majid Rana and performed by students of Punjab University’s College of Art and Design. The play was on politics and the realpolitik happening in our country. It was a comedy play to create awareness in the society and to highlight the problems faced by Pakistan.

Talking to this scribe Majid Rana said he was working for 12 years producing and directing plays. “Natak is a platform that presents plays on social issues and gives a message of change to the audience. We should promote theatre because since cinema has revived theatre too needs urgent revival.”

President of the festival Saadan Peerzada said the festival is an initiative by the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop to provide a platform to the youth for showcasing and polishing their talent. “We want to channelize the energy of youth in the right direction. We firmly believe such events foster love, recognition and respect for our artistic heritage amongst the youth. Such events are the only hope for the future cultural identity of Pakistan,” Saadan was of the view.

The third day of the festival ended with musical night show featuring live performances by Red Blood Cat with special guests Taka Tak, Keeray Makoray and Shor Banoor.