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Bank of Punjab partners with Lahore Biennale Foundation for fostering art and culture

02:08 PM | 6 Feb, 2024
Bank of Punjab partners with Lahore Biennale Foundation for fostering art and culture

 The Bank of Punjab (BOP) demonstrates its steadfast commitment to promoting arts, literature, and crafts in the country as a strong corporate advocate. With a long-standing dedication to various initiatives and programs, including literary festivals, the bank actively promotes literacy, arts, culture, and heritage preservation. BOP has joined hands with the Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) in a significant move towards nurturing arts and culture. 

 The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing this partnership was signed at the Curtain Raiser Ceremony for the eagerly awaited third edition of Lahore Biennale, LB03, held at Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore. The distinguished event witnessed the presence of key figures such as Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi (Chief Minister Punjab), Danyal Saleem Gilani (Secretary Information and Culture, Punjab), Zafar Masud (President & CEO – BOP), Tariq Mahmood (Executive Director, Alhamra), Naazish Ata-Ullah (Chairperson, LBF), Raza Ali Dada (Chairperson, LBF), Qudsia Rahim (Executive Director, LBF), Kamran Lashari (Director General, PWCHAA), and various other dignitaries.

 Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the commencement of LB03, Curator John Tain led a guided tour for patrons and guests, showcasing the diverse talents contributing to the exhibition. Renowned artists such as Haegue Yang, Lo Lai-Lai Natalie, Hamra Abbas, Ali Kazim, Usman Saeed, Carolina Caycedo, Abuzar Madhu, Mehreen Murtaza, Imran Channa, along with retrospective works by artists Zahoor ul Akhlaq, Mian Salahuddin, and Sheherazade Alam, were featured in the preview exhibition. 

 During the gathering, Zafar Masud (President & CEO the Bank of Punjab) underscored the importance of corporate collaboration in promoting the arts. The subsequent signing of the MOU between LBF and BOP solidified an institutional partnership for the subsequent three editions of the Biennale. This marks a significant milestone in the collaborative efforts to enhance and celebrate Pakistan's vibrant arts and cultural landscape.

 Adding to the occasion's significance, Qudsia Rahim (Executive Director, LBF) shared her thoughts, stating that the Lahore Biennale Foundation adopts an inclusive and context-driven approach to achieve its projects and goals, challenging traditional critique methods and prevalent frameworks for curating, researching, and archiving material culture, built ecologies, and histories. We sincerely thank the Bank of Punjab for their generous support in conducting this biennale.

 Chief Minister Mr Mohsin Naqvi delivered the closing remarks. He extended his heartfelt salute to the organizers of the Biennale and the visionary individuals behind the seamless execution of such remarkable international events. Organizing such endeavours is no small feat, and we take immense pride in acknowledging their dedication and hard work. As we sit in our homes, it's easy to question the future of our country, but I firmly believe that arts, culture, and sports serve as powerful catalysts, uniting nations and the world. By emphasizing these three pillars, significant progress in our country becomes possible and inevitable.

 This development underscores the collaborative spirit and innovative approach that both BOP and LBF bring to the cultural landscape, emphasizing the importance of diverse perspectives in shaping Pakistan's arts and artistic discourse. The Lahore Biennale’s 2024 edition is scheduled for inauguration on October 5, 2024. 

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pakistani rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 19 April 2024

Pakistani currency saw minor adjustment against global currencies on April 19, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 19 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.4 280.4
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25 345.65
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.09 748.09
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.44 38.84
Danish Krone DKK 39.69 40.09
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.64 911.64
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.31 25.61
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.87
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.08 307.58
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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