Bhubaneswar Un­veils A One Of Its Kind City Festival – Bhubaneswar Dot Fest; In­ter­na­tional Sand Art Festival and Konark Dance Festival to get a lit­tle Hockey twist this year!

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Smart City Bhubaneswar, also the host city of Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup is all set to tran­scend its ‘Tem­ple City’ tag with one of In­dia’s big­gest City Festival ti­tled – Bhubaneswar Dot Fest. The in­au­gu­ral City Festival will take place from 1st to 16th De­cem­ber and will pro­pel the city into an ex­clu­sive list of must visit food, sto­ry­telling, art and en­ter­tain­ment festival des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try.

As a mir­ror for the visitors from all across the globe, .FEST will put on dis­play the grandeur of Food, En­ter­tain­ment, Sto­ries and Trails that com­poses Bhubaneswar. This will pro­vide a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for the tourists to in­ter­act and en­gage them­selves with the re­splen­dent cul­ture and his­tory that the city has at its dis­posal.

The F – In Praise Of Our Palates Prof­fer­ing a chance to in­ter­con­nect with our food habits, the Food Festival opens up the door for tourists to in­dulge in the del­i­ca­cies that Bhubaneswar is cook­ing for them. We hope their fetish for food in­ten­si­fies af­ter savour­ing our snacks and sweets. The E – Laud­ing Our Le­ga­cies The plethora of cul­ture that Odisha has kept pre­served have been throb­bing the hearts of mul­ti­tudes around the world. The ex­ten­sive reach of the dance form of Odissi and our melange of folk tra­di­tions has en­ticed the crowd to the city this time. The S – Tales From The Time In Bhubaneswar, our streets are wo­ven with splen­did sto­ries. A clus­ter of com­mu­ni­ties in the neigh­bour­hood, pops up a story that vows to live for ages. Recol­lect­ing the mag­nif­i­cent mem­o­ries of bed­time sto­ries, the festival com­mits to take you back in time to ses­sions you spent en­gag­ing in ma­jes­tic tales from the past.

The T – Tour­ing The City

The mes­mer­iz­ing cul­ture and her­itage of Bhubaneswar makes it a long­ing des­ti­na­tion for art en­thu­si­asts from way beyond the seas. This is a mo­ment of great joy as .FEST en­com­passes the ac­tiv­ity of her­itage and art trails around

the city. The hub of tem­ples and cen­tre of cul­ture, Bhubaneswar is a place spun with in­fi­nite magic.

Odisha Tourism, host part­ner of the Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 is all set for its mar­quee five-day long 29th Konark Dance Festival and In­ter­na­tional Sand Art Festival from De­cem­ber 1 to 5.

An an­nual fête of In­dian clas­si­cal dances, the Konark Festival is one of the big­gest dance fes­ti­vals in the coun­try, bring­ing cham­pi­ons of all clas­si­cal and tra­di­tional dance forms to­gether to dis­play their skill and mas­tery in this five days cul­tural ex­trav­a­ganza rang­ing from age-old dance forms such as the clas­sic Bharat­natyam, the grace­ful Odissi, the ex­pres­sive Kuchipudi, lilt­ing Mo­hini­at­tam, rhyth­mic Ma­nipuri and the stat­uesque Kathak dance styles. Since 1989, the Konark Festival has been draw­ing tourist, dance and mu­sic lovers alike to the sandy shores of Konark ev­ery year.

This year, tourists will en­joy the cul­tural evenings sched­uled at the spe­cially de­signed open-air au­di­to­rium near the iconic Sun tem­ple. Each evening will show­case two dance forms. Odissi dance would be the in­au­gu­ral pre­sen­ta­tion, while the sec­ond dance would be from Bharat­natyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi or Sat­triya.

The Hockey Men’s World Cup will fur­ther be pro­moted dur­ing the paint­ing and hand­i­craft ex­hi­bi­tions at the In­ter­na­tional Sand Art Festival, to be held at the pris­tine Chan­drab­haga sea beach.

Pad­mashree Su­dar­shan Patnaik, brand am­bas­sador of the In­ter­na­tional Sand Art Festival and many renowned sand artists and sculp­tors from abroad will par­tic­i­pate in the event this year as well.

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