Tawang Festival to begin on Oct 28

TAWANG, Sept 29: The 8th edition of Tawang Festival, one of the most vibrant cultural festivals of Arunachal Pradesh, is all set to be conducted here during October 28 to 31 next, festival director Tseten Chombay informed on Tuesday, adding all efforts would be made to make the festival as vibrant as possible.

This calendar event of the state is being held after a gap of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tawang Festival, as one of the major cultural festivals of North East region, Arunachal Pradesh in particular, there would be no compromise in its preparation or conduct,” Chombay told the officials during the preliminary meeting here.

Chombay also proposed conducting village tours for the visiting tourists as a part of the festival to encourage villagers to “adopt the mechanism of self-sustenance”.

Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi said that the Tawang festival is a roadmap of the state government towards achieving sustainable tourism.

“The festival should be commercialized now so that the unemployed youth and others could take the benefit of the platform provided to them during the event,” he said.

Tashi suggested that the village tour programme for tourists, if implemented, may be outsourced to villagers for its sustenance, however, the publicity and facilitation to tourists may be done by festival committee, tour operators and hoteliers.

The MLA further stressed on proper conduct of the festival and extended his best wishes to the organizing committee.

Tawang deputy commissioner Kesang Ngurup Damo sought cooperation from all stakeholders for smooth conduct of the festival and said that more review meetings would be called in future for better coordination.

Tawang district tourism officer Tsering Dekey also spoke.

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