ISLAMABAD - The three-day Spring Festival organised by Lok Virsa (National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage) and the Ministry of National Heritage & Integration concluded here at Garden Avenue, Shakarparian with a cultural evening, which featured outstanding folk artists, musicians and folk dancers from all over Pakistan.The festival was opened on Sunday by the Federal Minister for National Heritage & Integration Samina Khalid Ghurki. It aimed at promoting Pakistan’s traditional culture and to welcome spring season.The festival featured a number of activities including arts & crafts exhibition, craft bazaar, exotic performances by song & dance ensembles, kite flying, special attractions for families and children.The artisans-at-work exhibition was participated by over 50 master artisans in different craft fields from all parts of the country, who demonstrated their skills for three consecutive days, sold their products to the public and won recognition of their talent at national level.One of the major features of the festival was exhibition of kite making and kite-flying. Several people, especially youth were seen flying their kites in the air with a great fervour and enthusiasm. Lok Virsa management distributed free kites, strings and colourful turbons to the visitors to attract them to the event.The cultural evening held Monday at Lok Virsa open-air theatre was attended by a large number of people from twin cities of Islamabad- Rawalpindi and enjoyed thrilling performances of the artists. Folk singers from Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Gilgit Baltistan sung popular songs to the beat of traditional drums. Among folk dancers were famous Kalash dance and Sindhi dance group of PNCA and Sword dance of Gilgit Baltistan. Shaukat Dholi also performed on the occasion and received a great applause from the audience. Spring festival also afforded an opportunity to the residents of Islamabad- Rawalpindi to enjoy traditional cuisine from different regions of the country such as chappal kabab, shinwari karahi and Peshawari kehwa, etc. A good number of diplomats and foreigners were also seen visiting the festival and enjoying folk music and traditional cuisine.