ISLAMABAD -- The first-ever International Islamabad Art Festival 2019 (IAF-19) will be held in the federal capital from November 18 to November 30, aiming to celebrate diversity and creativity in all forms of visual and performing arts.
In a press briefing here on Wednesday, President and Chief Curator IAF-19 Jamal Shah said the festival was being organized by consortium of public and private educational institutions, art galleries and artist associations from across the country in collaboration with foreign embassies, with generous support from the corporate sector.
Renowned artist Jamal Shah who was also former Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) said IAF-19 was a collaborative project and would be hosted in several locations in Islamabad and Rawalpindi, including museums, art galleries, educational institutions and public parks.
He said the festival would be inaugurated on November 18 at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA), and would continue for a full 13 days, before an elaborate closing ceremony on November 30th. The thematic focus of IAF-19 is 'Dialogue between Tradition and Modernity'.
He said the festival was expected to engage an audience of at least 500,000 individuals from diverse backgrounds and ages. 'The participants of the festival will include over 230 individuals from 34 countries and approximately 400 artists from across Pakistan,' he said.
Jamal Shah said at IAF-19, local artists would create, exhibit and perform right alongside their foreign counterparts and catapult Pakistani art to new heights worldwide.
He said emerging artists would have an opportunity to interact with established and highly-respected artists and exhibit their work together on this collaborative platform.
He said the spirit of creativity brings people together and strengthen...