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Brac Hope Festival starts with a bang

The three-day festival is the epilogue to yearlong observances, marking 50 years of Brac

Update : 09 Feb 2023, 09:00 PM

Brac Hope Festival kicked off with colours, passion and enthusiasm at the Bangladesh Army Stadium in the capital Thursday. 

The three-day festival is the epilogue to yearlong observances, marking 50 years of Brac, one of the largest development organizations in the world, reads a press release. 

The first day of Hope Festival embodied the theme “A Tribute to Bangladesh.” 

The festival opened at 11am, welcoming thousands of participants showcasing Brac's ecosystem of development, social enterprises, investments, university and other initiatives in Bangladesh and abroad. 

The festival grounds were adorned with exhibitions, pavilions, stalls and workshops with diverse cultural motifs depicting Brac's ecosystem. 

All the spaces and setups were open to the audience with a special zone for children. 

The first day of the festival was inaugurated with the national anthem. 

One minute of silence was observed for the deceased, survivors and those who endured damages in the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. 

An announcement was also made for those who want to contribute to the recovery of the survivors by communicating with the office of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency in Baridhara. 

A documentary on the life, work and philosophy of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of Brac, profoundly touched the hearts of the audience. 

Asif Saleh, executive director, Brac, welcomed the audience at the festival. 

Addressing the young generation in his inauguration speech, he said: “Every individual has immense potential. No amount of setback can prevent them from utilising potential if they have the confidence and are equipped with the appropriate tools. They emerge triumphant from the worst situation. The greatest achievement of Brac in the last 50 years is that it was able to ignite that light of hope. All that Brac does embodies the essence of rekindling hope, of increasing confidence and making people aware of their inherent potential.” 

Cultural festivities on the stage began with an exclusive puthi path performance by renowned actor Fazlur Rahman Babu and his group. 

The history of the Liberation War and the life story of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman were narrated. 

Bengal Parampara Sangeetalay performed Raga classical music. 

Later, a documentary paid tribute to the role of women in the War of Liberation in 1971.

Throughout the festival, different presentations and performances celebrated the tenacity and courage of women to overcome adversity and emerge triumphant in life. 

Theatre group Prachyanat staged a creative rendition titled “Protidiner Joddha”, based on the life of Dr Afsana Akter, who had overcome all her family and social hurdles to become a successful gynaecologist. Dr Afsana was also present on the stage, sharing her story with the audience. Events of the day concluded with performances by Arnob and Friends and Lalon Band. 

The venue was filled up with the audience in a festive mood. Audiences of all age groups participated in the festival. They visited different activity sites and participated in the workshops through pre-registration. 

Three workshops were held, namely, ArchKids, Draw a Friend and Jewelry Making. 

The architecture department of Brac University organized an architecture workshop for children. 

Artist Masuda Khan (Masu Ake) conducted “Draw a Friend” workshop with children, while Aarong Craft Corner organized a jewellery-making session styled “Jewels of Bengal” with traditional colours and motifs of Bengal. 

The Play Lab model, an innovative solution by Brac Institute of Educational Development (BIED) for early childhood development, a human library, a puppet shop and many other exhibitions attracted the audience. 

“Power of Potential” will be the theme of the second day of Hope Festival. 

Tamara Hasan Abed, managing director, Brac Enterprises, will address the audience. 

Special performances will be staged to highlight “Shomotontro”, a movement for gender equality. 

Dance drama by the Jatrik group and a fashion show by Aarong will also be part of the stage programs. 

Musical performances and a concert by renowned bands Renaissance, Feedback, Emon Chowdhury and Friends, Miftah Zaman and Girl Power Band will be part of the stage programs on the second day.   

Hope Festival is a celebration of Brac's 50-year journey to ignite hope across the world and a celebration of the tenacity and courage of the people of Bangladesh. 

Brac hopes the stories from millions of people triumphing over adversity will inspire all to realise their potential in overcoming all difficulties

Bkash, Brac Bank, IPDC Finance and Brac University are the proud partners of Brac Hope Festival.

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