City to get art village soon

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Promotion of art and traditional handicrafts will certainly add colour to the unique character of Islamabad.
The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is taking concrete steps to promote traditional art and handicrafts in the capital city so as to reflect the rich tradition, culture and soft image of the country. For this purpose, the Potohari – The Art and Craft Village would soon be made fully functional to help achieve the objective of promoting Islamabad as a hub of cultural activities.
These views were expressed by CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal during a visit to the Potohari – The Art and Craft Village on Monday, says a press statement.
The CDA chairman said all the issues regarding the village would be resolved on a priority basis, adding that it would not only provide opportunities to the artists and artisans but also serve as a hub of cultural activities for South Asia.
He said the Arts and Craft Village had been constructed with a view to promote the indigenous arts and handicrafts and to enhance the inter-provincial harmony. It would host the exhibitions and other colourful activities on regular basis.
He said exhibitions and events would promote a soft image of the country as the foreign diplomats and other delegates would be among the visitors.
He said the facility had been equipped with an exhibition hall, clusters of shops, studios for the artists, tea shops, show rooms, folk theatre and hostel for the visiting artisans.
Farkhand Iqbal promised that the CDA would provide all possible facilities to promote the rich tradition of different regions spread across the country.