North East Festival to be back in Delhi in November

New Delhi, Oct 26 (IANS) The fourth edition of the North East Festival – Connecting People, Celebrating Life – will be organised from November 4-6 at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts here.

The North East Festival aims to showcase for the people of Delhi the rich cultural heritage of the country’s northeast region.

Before the festival, a rock competition titled North East Festival Rock Battle will be held on October 28 and 29 at Dilli Haat amongst the colleges and bands of Delhi, wherein 60 bands will perform. The winning band will stand a chance of winning a trip to Dubai, read a statement.

The three-day festivities will showcase the entire northeast India in all its glory and colourful hues via art, crafts and culture, songs, dance and movies, food, sports and fashion.

There will also be performances by Papon, Zubeen Garg, rapper Borkung Hrangkhal, DJ Zaeden, rock bands Traffic Jam, Fourth Element, Mo & The Shooting Stars, and Reverse Tragedy.

Fashion shows comprising northeast handlooms will be showcased by around 20 young designers and models from the region. For food lovers, an exotic collection of delectable cuisines from the northeast with around 30 food stalls will be on offer.

The Make in North East Exhibition will also feature handlooms and handicraft, agro and food products, with around 100 entrepreneurs participating from all across the northeast region.

Shyamkanu Mahanta, Chief Organiser, North East Festival said: “This year we will be holding a seminar dedicated to flood and erosion that affects the region, which would see experts from IITs across the country who would congregate and discuss about the Brahmaputra to find a permanent solution to flood and erosion issues along with stakeholders of NER.”

“The seminar would be presented by Water Resources Department, Government of Assam and would see participation from various multilaterals and the Central Government. Assam Tourism would be presenting a seminar on ‘Awesome Assam’ with tour operators across the country. There would be discussions on sports, B2B Meets on tourism and many more,” he added.