Islamabad:Pakistan and China will embark on the cultural caravan, a month long voyage, traversing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with an objective to showcase soft image, rich culture and trade potential of the region. “The cultural caravan would play a key role in promoting regional and cultural connectivity,” Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) Syed Jamal Shah said while talking to APP in an exclusive interview here on Sunday.
Highlighting importance of the caravan in exploring cultural diversity of the two brotherly countries, he said that the game-changer CPEC would not only usher economic and cultural dividends but also help discover and foster cultural heritage, ancient Silk Route has been preserving for centuries.
He said Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Marriyum Aurangzeb along with Chinese Minister for Culture would formally launch the cultural caravan from Urumqi (China) in August this year.
The 60-member troupe comprising of Chinese and Pakistani artists, musicians, dancers, photographers, anthropologists, writers and filmmakers riding on 15 fully equipped vehicles would reach Gwadar, the culminating point in Pakistan, traversing the CPEC and documenting art and culture en-route in 30 days.
He said caravan would pass through Athushi, Thumshuk, Shulay, Shefu, Akto and Tashgul in China, and camp at important nodal cities along the
CPEC route starting from Gilgit and moving to Peshawar, Lahore, Multan, Dera Ismail Khan, Quetta, Sukkur, Karachi and Gwadar.
During the one-off cultural odyssey, Jamal Shah said, the caravan would have 15 stopovers at different sites on its route where the group members would interact with locals and incorporate their ideas in their productions, to be exhibited at the grand culmination celebrations.
Terming the journey as unique creative event, he said the filmmakers would record important aspects of cultures and communities, while artists would paint the diverse landscape and culture along the route.Musicians and dancers would collaborate with local artists and present their performances, whereas photographers would expose the life and culture.
Writers would transform their experiences in creative writings and anthropologists would not only document the route from their angle but also engage rest of the team in informative discourse about the life and culture of the people living along the CPEC route.
Further elaborating, the PNCA DG said a series of grand exhibitions would take place in Islamabad with all provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan showcasing projects on the eve of 70th Independence Day celebrations of Pakistan.
He said post caravan art exhibitions would be organised at national level to project the paintings, drawings and art work produced by artists.
Besides, a series of books and research reports would be part of the
Caravan to document, preserve and promote the cultural and artistic expressions of the diverse communities around the Silk Route/CPEC, which would be published at the culmination.
The PNCA DG stated professional photographers would exhibit their artwork they would capture during the journey, while ideas for music and dance performances would also be bequeathed in different cities.
He said PNCA would host an international academic seminar on the history, culture and current relevance of historic Silk Route in Asia.
Besides a series of short films and documentaries by filmmakers each dedicated to one of the city/Caravanserai on the CPEC route, would be screened, showing historical background, contemporary relevance, culture, history, tourist attractions and monuments.