KARACHI: An important element of Interior Sindh’s landscape is the increasing social, ethnic and religious fragmentation and polarization of the various groups living in Sindh. Limited opportunities to positively engage with one another to break social, cultural and economic barriers have made the socio-ethnic and religious fault lines more prominent. Both of these factors have significantly diminished the resilience of the people at the community level to counter Violent Extremist groups, mindset and recruitment tactics leading to a reduced ability to collectively respond to these problems.
One potential way of addressing the above problem is through the performing arts, which can help re-sensitize viewers to the power of unity, tolerance and the rich and diverse cultural heritage to create grassroots counter-narrative.
To mark International Day of Peace in Pakistan, Thespianz in collaboration with Shah Abdul Latif University Khairpur announced “Thespianz Folk Festival” in a press conference followed by a folk performance by Thespianz. The press conference addressed by President Thespianz Foundation Faisal Malik and Vice Chancellor – SALU Khairpur, Prof. Dr. Parveen Shah. Numerous TV channels, Press journalists and Vloggers attended the press conference as well as Pakistani well-known personalities also managed to appear and prove that they are united for peace existence in Pakistan, in which famous news anchor Masood Raza, drama artist Sohail Masood, SSP East Azfar Mahesar, SSP – Pir Muhammad Shah, famous TV Actor Hanif Muhammad and many others expressed their gratitude by saying that the festival is going to be an amazing and its kind of first festival to happen in such remote area Khairpur. They also praised Thespianz initiative to introduce folk art and folk artist from far flung areas of Pakistan. Faisal Malik spoke to journalists and said, this festival is subjecting to the peace an harmony in the region and countering violent elements by spreading folk narrative in Khairpur city. The festival will be organizing on 19th Sept to 22 Sept 2019 at Shah Abdul Latif University – Khairpur, News Desk