Islamabad - National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Lok Virsa has planned a number of activities to celebrate the cultural diversity here during the month of October.

The activities will start with a three day Children’s Literature Festival (CLF) that will take place from October 1-3 to promote the reading culture for creativity, imagination and multi-sensory stimulation beyond classrooms and textbooks. It will provide a unique platform that drives the interest of children towards the joy of reading, self-expression and critical thinking.

The first day of the festival will be dedicated to teachers literature festival in which specially designed programs, sessions, workshops and performances for teachers will be hosted while the following two days, children from twin cities would be enjoying not only literature but culture, drama, puppet shows, storytelling sessions and other interesting activities, said an official of Lok Virsa.

On October 3, the Mandwa Film Club of Lok Virsa will screen Wadjda - a 2012 Saudi Arabian-German film, written and directed by Haifaa al-Mansour. It was the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first feature-length film made by a female Saudi director. It won numerous awards at film festivals around the world and was officially nominated for 2014 Oscars.

Under the Indus Cultural Forum, (a community platform of culture lovers), an evening of Ghazals (Sindhi) will be held featuring Ayaz Gul, one of the prominent poets of Sindh who specializes in Ghazal. Ayaz will recite his ghazals and speak about the journey of Sindhi Ghazal through the ages while Ashiq Nizamani, an acclaimed semi-classical vocalist of Sindh who sing ghazal with utmost perfection and passion, will take the audience through the musical contours of Sindhi ghazal.

On October 5, Hazara Cultural Show will be held at Open air Theater of Lok Virsa. On same day, the second workshop of Craft of the month featuring Pottery will start with the theme of Harnessing Culture with Education for students and young children to learn and know about the history and techniques of unique crafts.

The 7-day programme every month will emphasize on one particular craft while the students and faculty members from various educational institutions are invited to participate in the programme. The activities of the program include introduction of master artisans and participants, demonstration of crafts by artisans, history and present standing of the craft, reading material to be provided by master artisans and Lok Virsa, learning about various techniques of crafts and material used in creating crafts and students and youth at work with craft preparation.

The programme aims to promote and perpetuate traditional skills of Pakistan, provide knowledge to younger generation about the importance and utility of different crafts and serve as an opportunity for youth to learn about Pakistan’s rich, diverse and pluralistic cultural tapestry.

From October 12 to 15, the institute will host UNIC Photo exhibition and Rural Women Conference. On October 29, UNIDO photo exhibition will be held.

There will be no programme in first ten days of Muharram.