Gulmit: Mountain Youth Resource and Social Welfare Organization (MYRO) started a weeklong training in interactive theatre for existing and potential artists of Gilgit-Baltistan in Gulmit on Monday.
The training’s goal is to train the participants to use interactive theatre in their fight against extremism, and to promote pluralism, tolerance and co-existence in Gilgit-Baltistan in addition to addressing the rising suicide rate among the region’s youth.
“Creating an atmosphere of tolerance and pluralism is the key to shun the extremist mindset that is gradually gripping the people, especially the youth,” said Nisar Ahmed, Chairman MYRO. “Tolerance is an obstinate loyalty to hold dialogues, with the goal to create an air of peace and tranquility in the region. It is very important to initiate, acknowledge and reinforce the people’s belief in their shared cultural and religious diversity through interactive theatre,” he added.
The extensive training will continue until the weekend. According to the organizers, a theatre session will be held in the end where the participants will show their plays in front of the audience.
“What sets our approach apart from others is the creation of artistic spaces for a tolerant society. We have already undertaken projects on inter-sect and inter-faith harmony, peace, human rights and democracy in Gilgit-Baltistan,” said Kamran Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer of MYRO.
“Under this project, MYRO aims to create awareness among the youth about evils of religious extremism and how to recuperate and reclaim the region’s tolerant and plural society where people from diverse backgrounds used to co-exist peacefully.”
“The series of interactive theatre trainings and shows will be replicated in other districts of Gilgit-Baltistan through 2017.”
More than 30 people participated in the training held in the scenic village of Gulmit in Upper Hunza. Highly experienced and skilled trainers from theatre sector of Lahore are conducting the training.