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Published on 14 Apr 2015 | about 1 year ago

Dance Parties in Lahore
As we drive down a bumpy country road on the outskirts of the major city of Lahore in Pakistan, it doesn't feel like we're heading to a big international club night.
We pass donkey drawn carts and men on bicycles. It's pitch dark and we're fairly sure the driver is completely lost.
Then we see a single purple beam of light piercing through the night sky. And then we hear the loud bass line beats.
We have arrived. Ministry of Sound - This Is Lahore is in full swing.
Hundreds of clubbers are piled into the mini-festival site.
There was virtually no publicity and the venue was kept secret until the day.
Organisers were worried the event - full of young, liberal Pakistanis - could be seen as a target for attacks by extremists.
Lahore is seen as Pakistan's capital of culture, but a dance music festival like this is rare.
"We're taking a risk by coming here," says 22-year-old student Marya.
"This is a target because such things are really looked down upon, especially as this is an Islamic country.
"We're just brought up to believe this (going to dance parties) is not right. But we will always fight against that."
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Marya is one of around 800 people who have turned up to the country club a couple of hours out of Lahore.
A huge stage has been put up in the grounds of the exclusive farmhouse.

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