The Hunza Arts and Cultural Forum was established in the early 2000s to preserve and promote traditional Hunza music. . This is done through documentation, adaptability, research, training, production, and marketing in an integrated way. HAFC began its work by opening its office in Mominabad, the Hunza art district.
Main activities during the project phase included:
Establishment of traditional musical Women vocational IT Skill Training in Gilgit-Baltistan
instruments making workshop
Training in traditional music to the youth
Organizing local festivals.
However special preference was given to the new generation of the traditional musician community to take benefit from the project interventions.
Aim Of The Project
The overall aim of the project was to promote and develop the oral heritage of music and to make Hunza artistic and financially sound.
Major projects were closed in 2004 after performing independent music and instruments forming professional groups.During the execution of the project, local communities were involved in the project design and implementation through their representative organizations. However, where possible, local entrepreneurs were encouraged to takeover or initiate culture-based enterprises in the villages that support the overall project objectives. Training products were open for all on a cost basis. However special preference was given to the new generation of the traditional musician community to take benefit from the project interventions.
The project intervention resulted in a radical change in the societal attitudes towards the artisan community in Hunza, as before this intervention, playing music was considered the job of a specific community only. The training resulted in the formation of about 8 musical bands by youth outside this community. These bands are now earning precious money by playing music during marriages, festivals, and for tourists in hotels.
Total Local festivals Organized 10
Total men trained in traditional instrument making 20