The maiden seven-day "Jammu and Kashmir Festival-09" commencing in the national capital on February 23 will showcase the state's rich cultural heritage through cultural performances, film shows, craft bazaar and seminars and lectures, a top official said on Thursday.
"The State Academy of Art, Culture and Languages will organise this event in collaboration with Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts," Secretary SAACL Zaffar Iqbal Manhas told reporters in Jammu.
He said more than 500 artists, film makers, craftsmen and intellectuals from all parts of the state and representing all major communities and languages, will take part in the event.
J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah will inaugurate this seven day festival while Union Minister for Water Resources Prof Saifuddin Soz, and other state and central dignitaries are expected to grace the occasion, he said.
While outlining the need for promotion, sustenance, dissemination and preservation of the state's rich cultural heritage, he said that the academy has declared the year 2009 as Year of Cultural Dialogue on the lines of the European Year of Cultural Dialogue-2008 aimed at promoting respect for cultural diversity in the complex societies of today.