Denmark supports the indigenous culture of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Islamabad -- Pakistan is culturally a very rich country, as it possesses a diversity of cultural goods and services that has a huge potential for being harnessed for economic, social and sustainable development.
This was stated by Ambassador of Denmark, Ole Thonke during his visit to Gilgit-Baltistan, where he met with the Hashoo Foundation , a partner of the Danish Centre for Culture and Development (CKU) working to promote art and culture in Pakistan.
Talking to representatives from the Hunza Arts and Culture Council, Ghizer Arts and Culture Council and KADO officials, including local artisans, the Ambassador was apprised about the deep-rooted imprints, which the Danish supported program is having on the cultural canvas of the region. Bulbul Jan Shams, Regional Program Manager, HFhighlighted that Denmark's support had played an important role in reviving old cultural festivals for social and sectarian harmony, which had faded away over the past many decades.
Ambassador Thonke appreciated the richness of the region stating that his recent visit to the mountains of the GB and meeting local people had truly impressed him. "Local culture and traditions are important part of any society as it is the root to how societies are built and how people form opinions and build relations. Denmark fully believes that art and culture are important means to bridge differences, to create tolerance, and ultimately to provide economic opportunities for communities as well as individuals", said Ambassador Thonke.
He shared that the Government of Denmark is proud to be supporting art and culture in Pakistan that focus on supporting minorities, as well as women, youth, local artists and artisans, entrepreneurs and civil society organizations by providing larger access to art, culture and creative industries and public-private partnerships. He also appreciated the local government's efforts to facilitate and fully participate in the cultural activities supported by the program. "Gilgit Baltistan is indeed a jewel in the art and cultural sector of Pakistan and can become a driving force for economic empowerment benefiting local communities and Pakistan at large"said Ambassador Thonke.
Through the Danish supported program, local artisans also received training in stone carving, wood carving and traditional music, including on creating value chain and enterprise development for Sustainable conomic empowerment. As a result of these trainings, several business groups have been formed in the region to further promote the value chain of local products and services.