Pakistan and China Cultural Caravan to begin voyage from Urumqi, China in August 2017
Pakistan and China have settled to enhance and explore cultural diversity via ‘Cultural Caravan’ on China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route.
The Cultural Caravan voyage between the two friend’s counties will be formally launched in coming August and will continue for a whole month.
By traversing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) from Athushi (China) to Gwadar (Pakistan), the cultural odyssey aims to showcase soft image, rich cultural and economic potential of the region.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb along with Chinese Minister for Culture would formally launch the Cultural Caravan from Urumqi (China) this year.
The 60-member troupe comprising Chinese and Pakistani artists, musicians, dancers, photographers, anthropologists, writers and filmmakers riding on 15-fully equipped vehicles would reach Gwadar in 30 days from Urumqi.
Caravan would pass through Athushi, Thumshuk, Shulay, Shefu, Akto and Tashgul in China.
The caravan would camp at important cities along the CPEC route starting from Gilgit and moving to Peshawar, Lahore, Multan, Dera Ismail Khan, Quetta, Sukkur, Karachi and Gwadar.
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.
“The cultural caravan will play a key role in promoting regional and cultural connectivity,” Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) Jamal Shah said
Director PNCA said that, CPEC would the game-changer for both the brotherly countries, which would not only yield economic and cultural dividends but also help discover and foster cultural heritage, ancient Silk route has been preserving for centuries.
Jamal Shah termed the journey as a unique creative event. He said filmmakers would record important aspects of cultures and communities, while artists would paint the diverse landscape and culture along the 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.