HEELA PEACE FESTIVAL concluded here at Lok Virsa to celebrate the art, music, and literature of the people of Waziristan, Bannu, and Dera Ismail Khan. The festival included book inauguration of collected peace poetry, documentary screening on music and creative expression, Pashto poetry recitation (Mushaira), live music performance, and panel discussion with poets and musicians.
- BOOK INAUGRATION, PANEL DISCUSSION AND POETRY RECITATION HEELA Peace Festival is in the continuity of HEELA’s mission of amplifying people’s voices for peace, coexistence, harmony, and development. The book of over 51 poems with English translation contextualizes the struggle and aspiration for peace in a region often rendered invisible in public discourses.
The book’s inauguration with a scholarly overview by Gohar Wazir and Hayat Roghani followed by poetry recitation by the contemporary poets of the region moderated by Nadeem Takkar.
2. DOCUMENTARY: SILENCING THE SONGS
The short documentary has highlighted the struggle of the poets and musicians during the conflict and unrest in the region.
3. PANEL DISCUSSION: MUSIC FOR PEACE
HEELA Institute supported musicians to produce music celebrating the culture of peace and harmony. Singers from Waziristan Abdul Rahman Darpakhel, Shaukat Aziz, and Maqsood Maseed discussed the status of music and musicians moderated by Ashraf Kakar.
4. MUSIC FROM WAZIRISTAN CONCERT
Veteran singer Abdul Rahman Darpapkel enthralled the audience with folk melodies. Young and popular singers Shaukat Aziz and Maqsood Maseed presented popular melodies during the concert. Eminent contemporary Pashto singers Naeem Turi and Javed Amirkhel in their short remarks stressed the need of such an initiative to support the arts and culture sector.
The event was organized in collaboration with Lok Virsa with free public access to the public attended by hundreds of visitors during the daylong event.