Showcasing cultural diversification of NE states

As North East is home to over 220 ethnic languages spoken by various tribes and sub tribes, the seventh edition of the North East Festival (NEF) will celebrate the cultural diversification and create awareness for these extinct tribal languages in the region through workshops by tribal language experts, ballads, and art installations.

The annual festival, kick-starting in the national capital from November 8 at the lush green lawns of IGNCA, will be inaugurated by the chief guest Kiren Rijiju, Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs , Government of India.

CM of Arunachal Pema Khandu, Nagaland CM Neiphu Rio, Union Minister of State Rameshwar Teli and many others will be present during the three day festival. There will be 100 craft stalls of the authentic and exotic handloom products from North East. There will be a Buyers-Sellers meet on North East textiles to give an overview of the growing textile market in India to the local artisans. With support from ADTOI and Ministry of Tourism, a North East Tourism Road show will be attended by more than 100 tour operators. A multilateral dialogue on trade and business with NER will be attended by embassies, experts etc.

More than 40 food stalls will present diverse food items from the northeast India; fashion shows with 20 designers will also showcase their spectacular fashion collections. There will be a Rock Battle amongst Delhi's colleges, rock bands of northeast and Delhi too. The three-day event will see the dancing and singing sensations of North East.

"The North East Festival is an attempt to showcase and create awareness about India's North East and to promote entrepreneurship and tourism. One of the major aims of the festival is an attempt to build bridges and promote positive vibes," said Shyamkanu Mahanta, Organiser- in- Chief, North East Festival.

"North East is known for its clean air and water, and we will take a pledge and would like to urge the tourists not to use Single-use-plastic in the region. As a first step to create awareness we will try to reduce the use of Single-use-plastic such as plastic plates, spoons, glass etc. as much as possible in the festival," Mahanta added.

The festival has also been able to create positives amongst Delhiites, media and helped extensively to promote tourism.

The entry for the Festival is free and the timing will be from 11 am to 10 pm.

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