The U.S. Ambassador’s Fund has provided Baltistan Culture & Development Foundation (BCDF) a grant of USD 82,406 for implementing “Revitalization of Indigenous Culture of Baltistan” project. The project aims to revive Balti culture (with special focus on Balti music, language & sport) in five valleys of Baltistan.

Under this grant, Balti Cultural Polo Tournament is being organized from May 7, 2017 to May 18, 2017 in Gilgit city. The inaugural ceremony of the tournament was held on May 7, 2017. The provincial minister for planning, Dr. M Iqbal Hassan, inaugurated the event which was attended by over 15,000 people.

Thirty-five free-style polo teams from across Gilgit-Baltistan are participating in the tournament. This event will help restore and revive the Balti culture, particularly so for the younger generation.