Tamasha Festival 2017 – Performing Arts For Young Audience
7-9 April, Alhamra, The Mall, Lahore

Total attendances: 13280
450 Performers

20 Artist Groups
13 Panel Discussions on Issues and Ideas
8 Theater, Dance and Music Performances by Professional Groups
21 Theater Performances by Schools and Universities
10 Workshops on Dance, Poetry, Creative Writing and Storytelling

A 3-day theater and performing arts festival for children and youth – presented performances, workshops and discussion sessions by eminent national and international artists

Presented by ASSITEJ Pakistan in Collaboration with Alhamra Arts Council, The Mall

Produced by The Little Art (through its Tamasha – Theatre for Young Audience), Independent Theatre Pakistan, MAAS FOUNDATION, Chota Mota Theatre

Performing Arts for Young Audiences
ASSITEJ is an International Association of Theatre for Children and Young People. ASSITEJ unites theatres, organizations and individuals throughout the world who make theatre for children and young people. ASSITEJ is dedicated towards the artistic, cultural and educational rights of children and young people across the globe and advocates on behalf of all children regardless of nationality, cultural identity, ethnicity, or religion. ASSITEJ brings people together so that they can share their knowledge and practice within the field of theatre for children and young people in order to deepen understandings, develop practice, create new opportunities and strengthen the global sector. The members of ASSITEJ are National Centers, Professional Networks, and individuals from around 100 countries across the world.
ASSITEJ Pakistan – National Centre is a chapter of ASSITEJ International working under the rules and regulations of ASSITEJ International and completes the objectives and mission of the interna-tional governing body. ASSITEJ has more than 100 national centers around the globe. The National Centre of Pakistan is the official ASSITEJ chapter representing Pakistan.
Official Members

ASSITEJ Asia Meet 2017

ASSITEJ Asia Meet happens every year in a different country. The purpose of the Assitej meet was to develop a network of ASSITEJ National to come together at a place and explore opportunities for the artists’ community of that particular region.
The two days Asia meeting commenced from 6th April in Falettis Hotel Lahore, Pakistan with the participation of important members of the Asian network of Assitej which included representatives from 6 Asian countries.
ASAYA FUJITA President ASSITEJ Japan / Vice-President ASSITEJ International
RYO HARADA ASSITEJ Japan Member + Interpreter
SUE GILES Member Executive Committee ASSITEJ International
SAMPATH PERERRA Assit. Director Education Research and Conservation at Tower Hall Theatre Foundation – Sri Lanka
MAYURA PERERRA Executive Committee Member ASSITEJ Sri Lanka / Development Officer Govt. District Secretariat Office
SOOKHEE KIM President ASSITEJ Korea / Artistic Director ASSITEJ Korea Festival
SEOK-HONG KIM Director International Department, Korea Arts Management Service / Board Member ASSITEJ Korea
AAMIR NAWAZ President Maas Foundation / General Secretary Assitej Pakistan
AZEEM HAMID Creative Director Independent Theatre Pakistan / Secretary Assitej Pakistan
MOBEEN EJAZ Founder Chota Mota Theatre / Vice-President ASSITEJ Pakistan
UMAIR MUSHTAQ Program Head Tamasha (TYA) – The Little Art / ASSITEJ Pakistan Member
ZEESHAN NAVED Production Manager (TYA) – The Little Art / Finance Secretary ASSITEJ Pakistan
BINA JAWWAD Founder Harsukh – School of Performing Arts & Education

Tamasha Festival 2017


Artist Groups



 Panel Discussions


Tamasha performing arts festival was a 3-day theater and performing arts Festival for children and youth – presenting performances, workshops and discussion sessions with eminent national and international artists.
The festival program was developed by the ASSITEJ Pakistan consortium and the variety of performances presented were the first of their kind in Pakistan. Innovative performances such as dramatic orchestral readings for children, Urdu storytelling, workshops about musical instruments, exploring dance and movement, teaching children Urdu literature in creative ways. Such a diverse program with international cultural performances from SriLanka and UAE were also part of the program. The audiences that poured from all strata of society marked a great success of something so new for the city. Feedback from the audiences highlighted the importance for the need of such exposure to youth and the public so they may be introduced to new cultural narratives, different perspectives and inventive ways of thinking. As the younger generation passes through the 21st century exploration of ideas through such creative mediums is vital for their growth and development in the world.


  • 21-March-2017

    Daily Pakistan

    Lahore’s most anticipated “Tamasha Festival 2017” is just around the corner
  • 5-April-2015

    Daily Pakistan

    Announcing the 7th ASSITEJ Asia Meet and first ever performing arts festival “TAMASHA” for young audiences from 7th to 9th April, 2017 – Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore
  • 6-April-2017

    Business Recorder

    Tamasha Festival 2017 to begin in Lahore this week
  • 8-April-2017


    A three-day Tamasha Festival 2017 — Performing Arts Festival — opened at the Alhamra Art Centre on The Mall here on Friday.
  • 7-April-2017

    The Nation

    Tamasha Festival begins in Lahore
  • 9- April-2017

    The Nation

    Tamasha Day 2
  • 9-April-2017

    Pakistan Today

    The Three-day Tamasha festival, filled with performances, musical readings, musical ensembles, and an array of storytelling for children and young adults youth, and organised by the Association Internationale du Theatre de l’Enfance et la Jeunesse (ASSITEJ) Pakistan, will end today.
  • 8-April-2017


    Festival manager Umair Mushtaq said: “The unique aspect of the festival is that it targets children and young audiences which have never happened in the history of Lahore’s arts and culture landscape.”
  • 8-April-2017

    Express Tribune

    Arts with education: Three-day Tamasha kicks off at Alhamra
  • 10-April-2017

    Express Tribune

    Three-day event: Tamasha Festival for children ends


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