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World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film today.

ISLAMABAD, March 10, 2010 (Balochistan Times): World Day of Muslim Culture, Peace, Dialogue and Film to be observed on March 11 over the world including Pakistan with the aim by using culture, art and film create bridges of dialogue and understanding, which can lead a more peaceful world. This day was created in 2010 by Javed Mohammed, of Milpitas, California, who proclaimed the day and week of March 11, each year as a special observance to share and discuss Muslim culture. Background In a post cold-war and 9-11 era, with the war on terror going on in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and other parts of the world a different approach other than military and political action needs to occur. When everyone is talking at the other, we must amongst other things turn to the universal language and themes that bring people together. Art is a part of culture that encompasses literature and the visual and performing arts like music, drama, dance and film. The visual arts are art forms that create works which are chiefly visual in nature. Examples are ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, printmaking, design and crafts as well as modern visual arts (photography, video and filmmaking). Muslims have a strong history and presence in various art forms including calligraphy, ceramics, architecture, literature, and more. Some areas are developing such as filmmaking. The observance of the day contributes to a better understanding of the diversity in Muslim culture, in initiating dialogue with people of other faiths, resulting in a more just and peaceful world. Celebrating the day by holding events in schools, libraries, community centres and places of worship. Examples include Islamic Art day and Muslim Cultural day where clothing, food, pottery, and other wares are exhibited. Another option is to hold a Muslim Film festival to entertain, educate and discuss different Muslim cultures.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Mar 10, 2010
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