The Youth Performing Arts Festival which is a result of collaboration between Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop, Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Lahore Arts Council started today, Thursday, in Lahore.

The event, which will span four days (November 19, 2015 to November 22 – 2015) will be lit by performances in various disciplines, including music, dance, films and theatre.

Mr Usman Pirzada, speaking at the event’s inauguration, shared that this year the festival will also see various workshops on script writing, dance and puppetry to further groom youngsters who have taken up performing arts.

According to him, this year’s festival will also see the participation of 15 major educational institutions, representatives from whom will be putting up over 80 different performances.

Mr. Pirzada also shared that another festival, the Folk Puppet Festival will be organized on the heels of the current festival, and will be held at the Rafi Peer Cultural Complex on Raiwind Road from November 27 to November 29 2015.

This will reportedly be followed by the Mystic Music Festival and the Rafi Peer International Film Festival in December.

The importance of original theatre writings was also stressed upon at the event, where it was shared that the RPTW had asked participants to come up with original scripts for the festival.

It was also shared that this year’s festival has a large number of dancers, ranging from folk to classical and even contemporary and western dance forms.

A rock night is also reportedly planned for the event on the grand finale night which will be accompanied by an awards ceremony.