Bhubaneswar Development Authority and Odisha Tourism are jointly organising the inaugural edition of .FEST (Bhubaneswar City Festival) from December 1 to December 16. The event will coincide with Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018. This festival will include activities like International Street Food Festival, Entertainment, International Story Telling Festival and Trails. The city will see athletes and guests from around the world during this period, making it the perfect occasion to showcase the cultural bounty of the city and state of Odisha.
The .FEST will take visitors on a complete culture trip with global cuisines from more than 16 countries, cuisines from all states of India and authentic food specialties from Odisha by leading hotels and restaurants of the city. It will also host storytelling sessions by local and international storytellers. There’s a full roster of musicians like Vishal and Shekhar, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Farhan Akhtar, Shaan, Sona Mohapatra, Rituraj Mohanty, Noorani Sisters and Krishna Beura performing at IDCO Exhibition Ground over the course of the festival. Audiences will also be entertained by popular stand-up comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath and can listen to soft, romantic ballads by singer Shreya Ghoshal. There will also be cycling tours and heritage trails around the city. Tickets for the festival will be available at bookmyshow.com.
“Bhubaneswar is known for its art, craft, festivity and creativity. By introducing art projects like STAMP, heritage walks and trails around the city, we’re moving towards making Bhubaneshwar a city of creative economy in India. We hope to make the .FEST one of the biggest events in the country,” said Dr Krishan Kumar, Commissioner BMC &, Vice-Chairman, Bhubaneswar Development Authority.
Cultural programmes, art workshops and handicraft display will be part of this event.