Connecting People, celebrating life
North East Festival – Connecting People, celebrating life is an attempt to create awareness about North East India and to promote tourism. Last two years, North East Festival organised in IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi attracted lakhs of people and was extensively covered in national media.
India’s North East, comprising 8 states of Assam, Arunachal, Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim have enormous potential and tourism propositions. Due to various issues including connectivity issue, the region haven’t progressed to the desired level. However, of late plenty of importance is given from the Government and other agencies to promote the region. .
A colourful carnival of various dance forms of North East, folk music, famous rock musicians of the region, North Eastern food delicacies, Handloom & Handicraft Exhibition, Agro & Horti Exhibition, Exhibition of various tribes of North East, Freedom Fighters etc, colourful fashion shows, traditional sports etc. North East Festival is also the platform to discuss the critical issues of North East, B2B session on tourism, Buyers Sellers Meet, discussion on Act East Policy etc are organised.
To reduce the regional gaps and to celebrate the essence of North East India, NORTH EAST FESTIVAL was organized at IGNCA Ground, Janpath, New Delhi. The event considered as the biggest ever festival on North East Region in National capital aimed to highlight the positive aspects of the region which is so full of talents, resources and success stories. The festivalhas been widely appreciated across all sectors including by the people of the region, thousands of people came to see this maiden festival. Around 100 newspapers in the National media appreciated the event and publicity received in the event is unprecedented in the history of this region which was mostly getting negative media publicity over the years.
Connected by an infinite chain of pearly threads, intricate as a spider’s web the North-East India represents 8 states - Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura which is considered as India’s most distinct and spectacular region. Spread over an approximate expanse of 2,65,000 sq km. north east represents a true collage of colours of ethnic groups with their diverse language and culture but all bound together by a chord of unison.
Create awareness about the region.
Showcase the uniqueness of culture and people of India’s North East.
Connect within the North East amongst various tribes and communities and to connect with rest of India.
Showcase the core competency of the region – Tourism, Handloom Handicraft etc Create Marketing linkages.
Create a platform to discuss the critical issues of North East India..
The First Edition of North East Festival(NEF) was organised in 8th and 9th November, 2013 at IGNCA, New Delhi. For the first time in the history, 8 North Eastern State Governments joined hand to showcase the North East. NEF got widespread publicity across the country and has become a platform for taking up various issues of North Eastern region.
The Fourth edition of North East Festival is being proposed on 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th November 2016.
The Second Edition of North East Festival is being organised on 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th of November, 2014, at IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi.
"North East Festival 2014- Insurgence to Resurgence”
The “North East Festival”, has become a brand which is synonymous with the unification of the various stakeholders of North East under one dynamic platform. The importance of North East Festival has gone manifold after the recent racial disturbances especially in Delhi. This time the theme of North East Festival is “Insurgence to Resurgence”
The Second Edition of North East Festival is being organised at IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi. It would be an attempt to showcase the new & vibrant North East and highlight various facets of the region. The event would be biggest ever on India’s North East and is expected to be attended by more than one lakh people.
State kiosks wherein each states of North East India will highlight its indigenous agricultural produce, fabric, handloom & handicrafts, resources.
Buyer-seller meets for Tourism, Handloom & Handicraft, Agriculture, etc.
Handicrafts display/ exhibition from each North-eastern State.
Ethnic food festival – showcasing the best delectable cuisines from the entire region
Round-table discussions on IT opportunities, Skill Development, Student security issues, Agriculture, sports etc with expected participation from all major stakeholders of the region and the policymakers of the country to create a healthy discussion and analysis forum.
Media interaction with different NE organizations in the National Capital.
Photography exhibition showcasing the vibrant culture, tribes and important landmarks of the region.
Session on Tourism prospects in North-East between leading Tour Operators of the North East and India which will benefit tourist influx and film shootings in the region.
State Tourism Information booths for prospective tourists to the region.
Fashion show displaying the rich ethnic fabric collections by top North East designers.
Cultural programs in evening – musical performance by popular musicians from the North-East Region.
Day time Carnival – Tribal dance from various tribes of North East
Rock music of the region
Traditional Sports of the region
Discussion Platforms: Last year during NEF 2013, India’s top policymakers for the first time interacted with North East stakeholders on various issues of the region like Look East Policy, Internal Security etc. This time also, NEF would be a platform to discuss various issues of the region. Some of them are;
Issues on Security of North Eastern people in Delhi – Participants – Delhi Police, DoNER, Home Affairs, GoI, activists, student bodies of the North East, Delhi University and JNU
Sporting Culture in the North East - Hon’ble Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs, MC Mary Kom, Baichung Bhutia, Shiv Thapa etc.
Insurgence to Resurgence – Home Ministry, various insurgent groups in peace talks etc.
IT Opportunities in the North East - Ministry of IT, GoI, State Govt IT Deptts, ITES companies, Software development companies.
Agri- Horticulture - Prospects and Development - Ministry of Agriculture, NABARD, Mega Food Park, Bamboo Technology Park etc.