UNESCO is providing technical assistance to the Government of Punjab, for protection and conservation of heritage sites and promotion of sustainable tourism, interfaith harmony and pluralism under the World Bank funded ‘Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project’.

On behalf of UNESCO, Center for Culture and Development (C2D) is organizing a festival at Taxila Museum focused on exploring the Gandhara Civilization in the context of Buddhist and Jain history in Pakistan. The objective is “to integrate tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Gandhara Civilization in local context; to highlight the respect for heritage and cultural diversity and promote cultural pluralism through exhibition, panel discussions, sites visits and showcasing of local crafts for Sustainable Tourism in Punjab”.

We aim to receive diversified audience from local community, educational institutions, government departments, diplomatic missions, scholars, researchers and artists among others. We believe that there should be maximum participation of youth from local community who needs to be sensitized about their culture and heritage so that students and local community can feel a connection with their roots.


6th – 9th October, 2021 9:30AM – 5:00PM

  • Indoor Exhibition of Artefacts
  • Outdoor Photographic Exhibition
  • Outdoor Stalls of local Craft & Creative Industries

Panel Discussion: 7th October at 4:00PM

Storytelling Sessions at Heritage Sites:

Dharmarajika Stupa Site: 6th October, 2021 10:00AM
Sirkap Site: 8th October, 2021 10:00AM
Mohra Murado: 9th October, 2021 10:00AM

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