By Our Correspondent
HUNZA: The Silk Route Festival 2008 concluded with colourful cultural programmes in Gulmit and Ghulkin villages of Gojal valley.
The objective of the 18-day-long event was to promote tourism and involve the local communities in sustainable development of the sector in the region. The final day’s event was organised by Wakhi-Tajik Cultural Association in collaboration with the Northern Areas Tourism Department.
The final day programme held in Gulmit was presided over by Managing Director NATCO, while Secretary Finance and Revenue Syed Mutahir Shah was the chief guest. Artists presented traditional dance, sword dance, folklores, songs, Paidal polo, skits and dramas on the historical aspects of trade along the silk route. A night show was also organised in Ghulkin Gojal, where a large number of singers from all over the region entertained the participants in Wakhi, Burushaski, Shina, Khowar and Balti languages.
Haafiz Hafizur Rehman, member Northern Areas Legislative Assembly, was the chief guest of the musical night, and Mr Ghalib, Assistant Commissioner Tashqurghan China, presided over the event. The secretary finance applauded the efforts of the local community for remaining attached to their cultural values and traditions. He assured the participants that the inputs of the local community would be included in the tourism development strategy of Northern Areas.