The Baloch Homecoming Festival: Cultures and Colours of Balochistan
On 2 September 2017 from 15:00- 20:30, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) in collaboration with the World Baloch Organisation (WBO) will organise an event entitled, “The Baloch Homecoming Festival: Cultures and Colours of Balochistan” at the McNamara Suite in the London Irish Centre. The event will celebrate Baloch culture, by having traditional musical performances, poetry recitings, history and food. In addition to this the event will aim to serve as a community building experience for the UK Baloch diaspora, along with giving the international community an insight into Balochistan’s rich history and culture.
Registrations are now closed
“The Baloch Homecoming Festival: Cultures and Colours of Balochistan”, will celebrate Baloch culture by having traditional musical performances, poetry, history, literature, food and more, thus effectively raising awareness of the long history and culture of Balochistan – often suppressed by respective authorities. The event will host singers such as the renowned Baloch singers: Akhtar Chanal Zahri and Rostam Mirlashari.
Balochistan, a region that spans across Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, is the cradle of some of the earliest civilisations. After several invasions and the arrival of the British, Balochistan has seen many social, religious, economic and political changes in the region. The Baloch language comes from an Indo-Iranian language of the Indo-European era, and modern Baloch shows borrowings from Persian, Arabic, Sindhi, and other languages. Baloch cultural heritage is known for its vibrant tradition of storytelling, and hold storytellers and poets alike in high regard. Music also plays an important role in Baloch culture, with the drum, the lute and the shepherd’s flute as their most common instruments. Falling on Eid al-Adha, this event will provide the opportunity for diaspora families to get together and rejoice away from home, and for all to come together and celebrate this occasion.
This cultural event, will raise awareness of a culture that embodies a peaceful struggle for justice. In the face of marginalisation of the Baloch indigenous peoples, this event will aim to exemplify that culture prevails amidst repression. We expect an enjoyable evening celebrating Baloch culture away from home, with lively, traditional musical performers along with Baloch poetry, history, and food.
A programme will be available soon.
For any eunquiries, please email Nicoletta Enria ([email protected])