VISIT ODISHA: 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!
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.