In an initiative to celebrate Pakistan’s emerging digital arts culture, Lahore is thrilled to host the Digital Arts Festival from October 12, as this multi-venue event is a kaleidoscope of exceptional artworks, diverse collaborations, and transformative dialogues designed to foster creative exchange and experimental expression within the digital art scene.
Organized by the Lahore Digital Arts Festival, implemented by The Little Art, and co-curated by Najam Ul Assar and Sarah Rajper, the festival will run from October 12, and aims to explore the dynamic intersection of art and technology, with an ambition to honor and expand the dialogues around art accessibility in Pakistan and South Asia.
Najam Ul Assar hopes to inspire next generation of digital artists to continue working on their ideas without any fear
The festival is a communal space of exploration, where artists, designers, scientists, enthusiasts, and experts from 14 nations converge to examine and appreciate the multi-faceted realm of digital creativity. Najam Ul Assar perceived the event as the biggest yet, with a hope that they will inspire the next generation of digital artists to continue working on their ideas and not be afraid about the market acceptance of their works.
Shoaib Iqbal, director of the festival, said that the four-day activities will not be just a celebration, but it will be a thoughtful inquiry and collective contemplation into the boundless possibilities of art and technology collaborations that transcend geographical limits. “We are celebrating all these possibilities in Lahore,” he said.
The organizers said that the attendees will experience the rich tapestry of diverse digital art scene, showcased in nine distinct venues ranging from historical sites, eminent art galleries and renowned educational and cultural institutions. The festival venues include, Aangun – Center for Learning and Culture; Beaconhouse National University; Daftarkhwan Downtown; HAAM Gallery; Institute of Art and Culture; Lahore Museum; National College of Arts; Numaish Gah; and The Colony.
Shoaib Iqbal calls festival a collective contemplation into boundless possibilities of art and technology collaborations
The organizers said that these venues were meticulously curated to offer varied perspectives at locations across Lahore, fostering a deeper appreciation for the nuanced expressions of digital arts. The festival is supported by the EU National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) Cluster Fund to produce an ambitious program of activities, including a research report, and a conference.
The project is also supported by EUNIC Cluster members, including Austria, France and Alliance Francaise, Germany and the Goethe Institute, Italy and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS), the Czech Republic, as well as the Delegation of the European Union in Pakistan.