The first ever beach cultural festival in Bangladesh titled ‘Beach Cultural Festival-2020’ began at Cox’s Bazar sea beach in Cox’s Bazar on Friday aiming to showcase the country’s reach cultural heritage.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy in association with Cox’s Bazar District Administration has organised the two-day cultural festival.The inaugural ceremony of the festival was held at the district administration’s open stage of Cox’s Bazar sea beach's Laboni Poin at 04:00pm.
Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Director General Liaquat Ali Lucky graced the occasion as the chief guest and inaugurated the festival by releasing balloons.
Cox’s Bazar additonal Police Super Abidul Islam, Cox’s Bazar Municipality Mayor Mujibur Rahman attended the programme as the special guests.
Acting Deputy Commissioner Md. Ashraful Islam presided over the ceremony while BSA secretary Badrul Alam Bhuyian delivered the welcome speech.
While speaking BSA DG Liaquat Ali Lucky said, “This festival is the part of ongoing cultural activities of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. The main objective of the festival is to spread the Bangladeshi culture among the mass people.”
After inaugural ceremony an acrobatic performance was held where BSA acrobatic team showcase their performance. Then, a troup from Indegenious Community of Cox's Bazar took the floor and enthralled the audience by their fabulous performance.Then local singers Manisha Borua, Mina Mallick, Ipshita presented solo performances.
After that, a discussion was held. BSA officials and other prominent cultural personalities of Dhaka and Cox's Bazar attended the discussion.
Then, group performances comprising songs and dances by local troupes were held. The first day’s event was held till 08:00pm.
Besides, two 43 foot-long portraits of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina installed at the venue and will be displayed at the venue till January 30.
The grand festival is featuring traditional songs, jatrapala, Baul songs, solo and group dances, acrobatic show, puppet show, cultural performance by ethnic minority groups, band show and more.
More than 5 hundred artistes from Cox’s Bazar, Chattogram, Bandarban and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, along with many cultural organisations, are participating in the festival.