A grand festival will
be held in Gilgit from September 7 to promote local
culture and tourism. The Silk Route Festival is a regular
feature of the area which is officially celebrated in
Gilgit and Skardu.
handout said a number of programmes have been chalked
out to make the event a memorable one, as it is expected
that it will attract a large number of tourists to the
Festival on the Roof
of the world where natural environs, landscape, privileged
location in the highest mountains of the world, breathtaking
spectacles of sheer scenic beauty, wildlife and nature,
awe-inspiring snow peaks, glittering glaciers, serene
valleys of lush green foliage and fruits, gleaming and
scintillating streams of unpolluted water, rich diversity
of people, culture, folklore, arts, crafts and heritage,
await you. Highlights of the Festival Artisans-at-work
(Gilgit, Karimabad & Skardu) - Master artisans from
remote parts of Northern areas will be at work in beautifully
designed and documented pavilions.
Folkloric Song &
Dance Ensembles (Gilgit, Aliabad, Gulmit, Karimabad
& Skardu) - Folk dancers and musicians from all
parts of Northern Areas including Dance, Song Ensembles
from the neighboring Xinjiang Province of China and
Central Asia will be invited to entertain visitors to
Folk Music Groups -
Small open air stages will be set up at the festival
grounds in the different cities to present folk musicians
from all over the Northern areas.
Exotic Craft Bazaar
- Exotic local bazaars will be held including Sunday
& Friday markets for the local communities where
people can sell, exchange or exhibit local produce,
offering endless variety of cottage crafts, Knickknacks,
Food & Fruit Fair
- Food festivals will be held in co-operation with hotels
and communities in several places. Farmers will exhibit
and sell fruit.
Polo Matches and Indigenous
Sports Events - Several Polo matches will serve as a
major attraction for domestic tourists and foreign visitors
at Gilgit and Skardu.
Camping Villages &
Open Air Local Restaurants - Will be set up at the scenic
spots for nature lovers.
Ethnic Fashion Show
- Depicting regional costumes and cultural traditions
will be held.
at District Level - AKCSP, AKRSP, and Craft Development
Projects, Literary and Cultural Forums, IUCN, WWF, and
other NGOs will hold community Festivals at district
Crossroads of Asia -
One of the few regions in the world that holds a fascinating
combination of Adventure, History, Natural Beauty, Culture
and Trade at the cross roads of Asia. The region and
its indigenous heritage of arts, crafts, history, landscape,
people, produce and cultures is a unique experience.
invited to the Silk Route Festival in Pakistan Northern