The second edition of Bangladesh Cultural Festival 2020 commenced through a colourful inaugural ceremony held at the National Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Friday.
The festival is featuring performances by artistes from across the country. It has been organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in association with cultural affairs ministry.
Planning minister MA Mannan was present as the chief guest, while cultural affairs secretary Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal was present as special guest at the inaugural ceremony, presided over by Liaquat Ali Lucky.
State minister for cultural affairs KM Khalid along with guests and artistes inaugurated the festival by releasing balloons at the lobby of National Theatre Hall on Friday.
Following which, an inaugural ceremony was held at the National Theatre Hall.
BSA secretary Badrul Alam Bhuiyan gave the welcome speech at the programme.
‘I thank BSA for organising the festival. I hope the festival will draw thousands of visitors from across the country’, said Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal.
‘It is the second cultural festival after our independence. The festival will provide a platform for talented artistes from across the country to showcase their talent,’ said KM Khalid.
‘I am glad to be present at the opening ceremony of this prestigious festival that will promote our rich art and culture. I want to thank Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy for playing a vital role in promoting our cultural practices,’ said MA Mannan.
‘BSA hopes to organise such festivals in districts and upazilas in the future. The academy has been working to preserve our folk songs. We will make cultural halls in 112 upazilas and work to promote our culture in the global arena,’ said Liaquat Ali Lucky.
The 21-day festival is featuring traditional sports, dance recitals, instrumental recitals, jatrapala, acrobatic shows, puppet shows and others. Besides, artistes from different ethnic minority groups will perform at the festival.
The festival will end on January 23.
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