with its wonderfully rich cultural history spanning
the last 2000 years, is a singularly fitting
venue for the 4th International Theatre &
Dance Festival & 3rd Sufi Soul World Music
Festival Pakistan 2002. This will be the 13th
International Festival being hosted by the Rafi
Peer Theatre Workshop, with another four Festivals
being planned for the next three years.
is this sense of vision that Rafi Peer Theatre
Workshop has endeavored to nurture over the
previous 12 Festivals. Not only has local participation
remained enthusiastic and committed to the cause
of performing arts in the country, but also
international participation has given the Festival
is not to provide mere entertainment, rather
the spirit of the Festival seeks to develop
the aesthetic inclination of theatre goers and
educate them to a better class of theatre. Perhaps
most importantly for Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop,
it is the desire to reincarnate our diverse
cultural and artistic heritage that has been
the driving force behind the last 10 festivals.
We have a long and especially rich tradition
of performing arts, be it theatre or music or
puppetry, and it is for us to recreate our cultural
niche in the world.
our approach is quite open for selecting shows
for our festival. We like all kinds and forms
and styles of theatre, dance & music from
traditional to contemporary. The Pakistan Theatre,
Dance & Music Festival is considered to
be an important festival in South East Asia
with its venue set in the historic city of Lahore.
It has served as a good meeting point for Eastern
and Western artists and theatre companies.
Peer Theatre Workshop is a non government organization,
named after the father of modern drama in the subcontinent
and is one of the oldest independent theatre companies
of Pakistan, it was founded in 1974. Starting with puppet
shows, childrens art festivals, drama programmes
and numerous theatre productions, the Rafi Peer Theatre
Workshop became the only group in Pakistan producing
major art festivals by the 1990s. No organization in
Pakistan, government or private has ever staged an International
Art Festival except the Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop.
In the face of unimaginable obstacles despite the worst
recession for decades Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop has
successfully presented 10 major international festivals
: the 1st International Puppet Festival Pakistan 1992,
the 2nd International Puppet Festival Pakistan 1994,
the National Dance Festival 1995, the 1st International
Drama Festival Pakistan 1996, the 3rd International
Puppet Festival Pakistan 1996, the 2nd International
Theatre & Dance Festival Pakistan 1997, the 4th
International Puppet Festival Pakistan 1998, the 3rd
International Theatre & Dance Festival Pakistan
1999, the 1st Sufi Soul World Music Festival Pakistan
2000, 5th International Puppet Festival Pakistan 2000
and the 2nd Sufi Soul World Music Festival 2001.
Cultural Complex, a magnificent building located in
the heart of new Lahore, is the perfect place to have
a festival of this nature. It was designed by famous
Nayyar Ali Dada, an internationally acclaimed architect.
It has 2 covered theatres of 150 and 375 seating capacities
and an open air theatre with around 4000 capacity. During
the festival the sprawling lawns around the site accommodate
special marquee theatres which have many other performances.
The festival is planned for about 20,000 audience for
each of the 11 days, complete with car parking facilities.
festival offers many types of facilities for performances;
choices are given with specific performance needs. All
the camp theatres are fully equipped with lights, sound,
black masking etc., and special arrangements are made
for the specific needs of each performance. The Festival
provides local technical help in lights, sound and sets
which cannot be transported from foreign countries.
the time of creation of Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop in
1974 the aims and objectives were evolved after careful
consideration. It was clearly established that workshop
would serve the community and society through the means
of performing arts and provide meaningful entertainment
by using the potential of performing arts to its fullest
and to achieve its declared objectives through direct
To stand up for freedom of speech.
educate, entertain and bring about awareness of issues
that concern our society i.e education, drug abuse,
civic sense etc.
motivate and help other national groups by holding
workshops and seminars to develop the performing arts
keeping our own traditions as the foundation.
develop special programs and educational packages
for schools. Develop work with children with educational
objectives, hold workshops for school teachers to
learn simple manipulation of puppet as a tool for
the education of small children.
of folk puppets and folk theatre forms; providing
opportunities for creative work for folk artists.
Continue to develop and implement professional training
programs for puppeteers all over Pakistan through
festivals and workshops.
opportunities for foreign groups to visit Pakistan
for development work on puppets in Pakistan, research
publications and teaching for children.
festival covers all hospitality costs which includes
meals, hotel stay, local transportation and site seeing
tours to historic places of Lahore. The festival also
provides free entry tickets to all the performances.
The Festival is willing to support groups in finding
sponsorship from their governments. Such support will
be given to the groups who send us complete information
and are processed by the Festival jury. A video tape
is essential for the selection.
festival offers lunch and dinner at site, mainly so
that groups can meet in a congenial environment, under
a specially designed exotic Pakistani marquee and cuisine
is prepared by the festival caterers, who specialize
in providing tasty and hygienic food. More than 13000
meals are expected to be served in 11 days. Evenings
have a special significance, when all the artists get
together and dance to the live Pakistani music. This
is one of the most exciting and memorable experiences
of the festival. There are several occasions when fellow
Pakistani artists are invited to meet the delegates
and exchange ideas, philosophies, aspirations
Hearts and minds.
entries must reach the Festival Secretariat by 1st January
2002. Please send also a brief description of the performance.
The Festival would like to receive pictures, slides and a
video tape with the text, posters, press kits and technical
form, with 2 passport size photographs of the participants
for official use.