Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop has established the tradition
of hosting International Cultural Events in the historic
city of Lahore for over a decade now. It has successfully
conducted thirteen International Performing Arts Festivals
which have ranged from drama and puppets to music and dance.
Since 1992, the festivals have seen more than three thousand
nine hundred international delegates come into Pakistan
from all across the globe representing seventy six countries.
All of this reached an apex in 1996 when the Pakistan International
Puppet Festival 1996 was covered internationally as the
largest festival of performing arts in the world.
festivals have toiled against all odds to build a truer
image of Pakistan internationally through the field of performing
arts; to show to the world a culturally rich and open country
willing to embrace the heritages of the world, while being
proud of its own, instead of an Islamic nation tottering
on the dangerous edge of extremism. As part of its continuing
efforts in holding these international festivals, Rafi Peer
Theatre Workshop has combined all the various performing
arts festivals under a singular banner bringing them together
as the World Performing Arts Festival Pakistan 2003, scheduled
in Lahore from the 17th to the 26th of October this year.
a time when the west fears for its very life venturing into
Pakistan, the World Performing Arts Festival Pakistan 2003
has insured the participation of a healthy number of renowned
artists and companies from all across the world. This combined
with the selective local artists chosen, promises to be
a prominent showcase of art, cultures, expressions, and
human experiences. This festival has performances of theater,
dance, puppets, and music from all across the globe and
has multiple performances of all these forms everyday.
Rafi Peer Theater Workshop international festivals are unique
in both that they have been completely an independent endeavor
and that their diversity relies not only on in their multiplicity
of cultural representation, but also in their art, art forms,
genres, and expressions that are articulated from their
platform. Also, their interactive structure allows for the
artists to constantly come in contact with one another,
exchanging ideas freely and often performing collaborations
improvised within the festival.
International Festivals of Pakistan have become globally
projected forums that are covered by international media,
art journals, and international happenings listings. They
have gained a prestige and reputation to the effect that
on numerous occasions foreign groups have had to be denied
participation due to the festival's humble limited resources.
However, we strive to continue to weave this dream with
as many bare threads as we have. Now, we leave it to everyone
else to join and create a breathtaking tapestry for the
world to marvel at.