Stage all set for 20th Hornbill Festival

Stage all set for 20th Hornbill Festival
H. Khehovi Yepthomi (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 11/28/2019 11:12:28 AM IST

The stage is all set for the 10-day Hornbill Festival that kicks off on December 1 at Kisama, the Heritage Village.

Announcing this at a press conference at the tourism directorate here on Thursday, tourism adviser H. Khehovi Yepthomi observed that over the years the festival had gained popularity, drawing attention from both domestic and international tourists.

Besides the regular events, he said a cultural troupe from Thailand too would be a part of the 20th Hornbill Festival, even as another cultural troupe from Hungary that too was expected to participate.

The inaugural function would be held at 4 pm with governor RN Ravi as chief host and chief minister Neiphiu Rio as host of the event.

He said tourism ministers from different States are also expected to attend the festival.

Following signing of an MoU with Airbnb, Yepthomi exuded confidence that accommodation issues would be sorted out to a large extent.

Altogether 17 major tribes and over 800 artistes would be performing during the 10-day cultural extravaganza, while Task Force for Music and Arts would organise musical events in the evenings, he added.

Taking serious note of reports of prices being jacked up during the festival days at the venue, the adviser said the tourism department had regulated prices of food, including fruits and vegetables, essential commodities and taxi fares. He said the department and pricing committee would strictly monitor the situation and ensure compliance with the regulated prices.

He said a new event had been introduced under which 10 Maruti Gypsies would be made available for taking around tourists to different villages.

Yepthomi informed the media that budget for this year’s Hornbill Festival had been fixed at Rs 5 crore, though over Rs 7.98 crore was spent in 2018.

He explained that the State government’s intention was to promote local entrepreneurs and showcase rich cultural heritage of the Nagas, and not simply to earn revenue.

He claimed that the entrepreneurs had earned Rs 25.64 crore as revenue in 2018.

According to the adviser, State chaplain Rev Kuzierang Thou will pronounce invocation on December 1, while traditional blessings will be invoked by Mongtei, Aniashu village from Kiphire district.

He said the welcome address would be delivered by Rio, while he would felicitate the guests. This would be followed by celebration of colours of Nagaland.

Earlier, deputy director of Tourism Veyielo Doulo informed Nagaland Post that though it could not be achieved last year, the 2019 Hornbill Festival venue will be a plastic-free. 

He said the department would keep a close watch on use of plastic by both stall owners and public, adding eco-friendly bags would be sold for public convenience.

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