PR No. 21 Iranian Cultural Link Passage at Heritage Museum opens at Lok Virsa Islamabad: December 2, 2016
A colourful ceremony to inaugurate the Iranian Cultural Link Passage at Heritage Museum was held here at Shakarparian under the aegis of the Cultural Consulate of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran in collaboration with the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage (Lok Virsa).
H.E. Mr. Mehdi-e-Honar Doost, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran was the chief guest on the occasion. Mr. Zahoor Ahmad Barlas, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Mr. Shahaboddin Daraei, Cultural Counselor of the Iran Embassy and Dr. Fouzia Saeed, Executive Director, Lok Virsa were also present.
The special features included ribbon cutting ceremony performed in front of Iranian Link Passage at Heritage Museum, presentation of folk musical performances and mystic songs.
In his address, chief guest Iranian Ambassador Mr. Mehdi-e-Honar Doost congratulated all stakeholders who actualized the project and expressed the hope that this will create a better understanding among the people of Pakistan about the cultural heritage of Iran. Pakistan is a cradle of history, culture and art which have been beautifully showcased in the Heritage Museum.
Earlier in her welcoming speech, Dr. Fouzia Saeed, Executive Director, Lok Virsa said “Heritage Museum was established in the year 2004 as the first state museum of ethnology in Pakistan depicting living cultural heritage presented through three-dimensional creative manner. Apart from documenting and preserving the indigenous folk culture of the whole Pakistan, the museum also projects cultures of other friendly and brotherly countries that share similarities and influences with the culture of Pakistan which include Iran. The Iranian link passage was created at the time of the inception of the museum, which has now been redesigned, improved and renovated by the Iranian Cultural Consulate in collaboration with Lok Virsa.”
Mr. Shahaboddin Daraei, Cultural Counselor of the Iran Embassy also spoke on the occasion and shed light on the objectives for establishing the cultural corner.
The event was thronged by a large of people from different walks of life including diplomats, media persons and high ranking government officials.
The Iranian link passage has been opened for public visit at the Lok Virsa Heritage Museum, Shakarparian.