For the very first time in history of Pakistan a musical festival is going to held soon. We are talking about the FACE Music Mela 2017 which is happening in march of the recent year. For more information about this festival and FACE organization please read the below press release.
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FACE, The Foundation for Arts Culture and Education, Islamabad is an organization whose mission is to strengthen and empower communities through the universal language of arts and through cultural interactions. After three years of successful Musicmela Festival, FACE is now pleased to announce the 4th FACE Music Mela scheduled on 3rd and 4th of March 2017.
FACE Music Mela has been the pioneer of festivals in the country starting in 2014 and has grown multifold in its magnitude during the last three years. In 2016 the festival attracted 20,000 people and in 2017 it is expected to cross 25000 people.
FACE Music Mela is a prime example of how Pakistani musicians themselves are taking the initiative to establish the foundations of a thriving music industry. The festival will include several musical acts representing diverse musical genres and regions of Pakistan and musicians from across the world.
To carry out the selection process of artists for 2017 lineup, FACE has joined hands with Taazi, Pakistan’s first legal music app & website, to create a visionary platform for virtuoso music artists and music lovers all over Pakistan. Taazi shall collect the applications received from all artists by an online venture. Nearly 100 applications have been received so far. The artists’ registration will close on January 15th when the finalists will be announced by FACE. The first round of shortlisting closed on Dec 31st 2016 and FACE is pleased to announce the following round 1 of artists.
- VenRez, American Band
- Résonnances d’Exils, French Band
- Faraz Anwar
- Qalandar Bass
- Rap engineers
WORKSHOPS & CONFERENCES:
The workshops will include guitar workshop, percussions workshop, rubab and tabla workshops and the conferences shall have festival directors conference, present and the future of festivals. The workshops will also include discussion on airing local content with the representatives of major music channels of the country like Ary Music, 8XM, Jalwa etc.
“FACE Bandwagon” is a campaign for promotion of culture in various institutes, universities and colleges. FACE will engage all educational institutes to select fresh talent and musicians from grass root level. These emerging musicians need an impetus to continue their passion and also need direction to steer their way in the industry. FACE along with a panel of judges, will not only handpick the emerging talent but will guide them at each step on their way to the big stage at FACE Musicmela 2017.
FACE Film Festival 2017
FACE Music Mela Festival is followed by two days long FACE Film Festival scheduled in May 2017 that features films from across the country and abroad.
Key personal from the industry like; Jami Mehmood, Mazhar Zaidi, Yasir Jaswal showcased their films followed by QaA session at FFF16. Bill Megalos, (a well-known documentarian) and John Anderson (Famous Film Critique) from the U.S, were part of the panel discussions. Call for entries for the submission of films shall start from Mid January.