Enhet i Norge: Indian and Pakistani Culture Festival
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Experience food, music, movies, sports and culture from India and Pakistan right here in Trondheim.
Indian Students’ Forum (ISF) and Pakistan Students Association (PSA) present Enhet i Norge – a cultural festival promoting unity through diversity for the very first time in Trondheim. The two countries not only share a common border but also represent similarities in cultural traditions. “Our festival aims to bridge the gap between Indians and Pakistanis living in Trondheim by highlighting common aspects of culture. Students from these countries live in Trondheim as best of friends studying together, sharing ideas and gossip over coffee just like people from other countries. Which ties in with the main theme of hosting this event jointly is to show to the world that differences between nations must not block the exchange of ideas especially when it comes to culture”, say the production managers for the event, Sulalit, and Waqas, from India and Pakistan respectively.
The festival is designed to involve people from different sections of the society. The workshops are designed for children who will learn about Indo-Pak handicrafts, languages in the region, Bollywood, and Cricket. The principal of Birralee International School (Event Associate Partner) Elin Hitchman, thinks highly of the festival. In her words, “The things that our children make in the workshops will be used in the festival. This would be a great opportunity to bring Indo-Pak culture directly to the people of Trondheim”.
Exotic and delicious food from the Indo-Pak region can be tried during Indo-Pak Food Festival (15th August, Activity House, Moholt). Teams will compete to cook food from the region for the people of Trondheim who will taste, judge and declare the winners.
Sabareesh Prabahaker, leading Indian violinist and member of the band Immortal Raaga will perform live in Trondheim Medley at Olavshallen on 17th August. The evening will also feature music from Pakistani Coke Studio singer, Nabeel Shaukat Ali. With his musical background and range, Nabeel will cast a spell on the audience.
The two countries are united by the religion of cricket. And thus, Enhet i Norge will host Cricket Mela on the weekend of 25th-26th August at Dragvoll Idrettsbygget. For the first time in the history of Norwegian Cricket, Para cricket will be organized. NTNUI Cricket Group Leader, Faheem says “This is an exciting event for the cricketing fraternity in Norway and already there is huge interest. NTNUI Cricket Group is all set to create history by introducing cricket to physically disabled people in Trondheim”.
If you are planning to buy a festival pass, this will give you free entry to all the events. To add icing to the cake, you can watch Bollywood and Pakistani movies at Nova Kinosenter at special prices. Movies are often portrayed as mirrors to society. This will be a unique opportunity to experience Indo-Pak movies in theatres in Trondheim.
The festival will culminate with a Panel debate and discussion on “People-people exchange: the way forward to diplomacy” at NTNU. Speakers and panelists will deliberate on general aspects of the topic and dive into specific aspects in regards to Indo-Pak relations. Through this debate, the intelligentsia of the society will be brought to the limelight and their ideas shared to the general public.
See you at the festival.