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2nd Bangladesh Cultural Festival begins

  • Published at 12:22 am January 5th, 2020
Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020
A group of dancers perform during the inaugural session of the second Bangladesh Cultural Festival that started at the Shilpakala Academy on Friday | Courtesy

This 21-day cultural celebration will feature various traditional games, folk theatre and other cultural performances. Over 5,000 artists from 100 plus organizations of 64 districts are participating in this festival

The second edition of Bangladesh Cultural Festival has been inaugurated at National Theatre Gallery of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday. This year's festival, titled Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020, will end on January 23.

Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020 was inaugurated by State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid. The chief guest of the inauguration ceremony was Planning Minister MA Mannan. The special guest was Secretary of Cultural Affairs Ministry Dr Md Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal. The ceremony was presided over by Director General of Shilpakala Academy Liaquat Ali Lucky. The welcome remarks were given by Shilpakala Academy Secretary Md Badrul Anam Bhuiyan.

Cultural Affairs State Minister KM Khalid said in his speech: "Whenever I stand on this stage I recall our father of the nation. He is the one who founded this Shilpakala Academy. This festival is starting at the very beginning of this year. After this we will organize cultural festivals in all of the 64 districts. The final festival will be held in Dhaka. This is our plan for initiating cultural activities throughout the country."

This 21-day cultural celebration will feature various traditional games, folk theatre and other cultural performances. Over 5,000 artists from 100 plus organizations of 64 districts are participating in this festival. 

In Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020, there will be performances of group songs, orchestra, traditional folk games, pala sangeet, solo song performances, Baul sangeet, traditional folk theatre, jatra theatre, group dance, acrobatics, performance by differently abled  children, puppet theatre, solo recitation, children's performances, Bangabandhu and Liberation War-related music and dance, theatre choreography, group recitation, performance by indigenous people, music and dance specific to various regions and districts, and screening of documentaries on the culture of each district.  

On each day of the festival there will be performances by artists from three districts on the amphitheatre of Shilpakala Academy.  There will also be a folk theatre performance from 8pm onwards at the same venue. People who specifically want to enjoy folk theatre can book their tickets from the Shilpakala's Facebook page.

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