Goa Heritage Festival 2014 from January 7-11 at Saligao Football Ground

If you think the New Year celebrations are over and it’s time to pack your bags, well then you might have to reconsider your decision.

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This year, Goa is all set to host the second Annual Heritage Festival which promises to be bigger and better than the previous year, according to the statement issued by GTDC. The festival will be held at Saligao Football Ground, opposite the Mae de Deus Church, a beautiful 125-year-old heritage structure from January 7-11, 2014. It will be inaugurated by Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar in presence of Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar, MLA and GTDC Chairman Nilesh Cabral, Secretary Tourism Parimal Rai, Sarpanch of Saligao Eknath Oraskar and other dignitaries.
Organised by the Department of Tourism and Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), the event celebrates the arts, culture, history that showcases the Goan spirit bringing together host of talented performers and artisans to create a unique experience for the tourists.
During the five day festival, Goan artisans and craftsmen will display their skills and crafts with live demonstrations. There will be stalls exhibiting and promoting unique Goan crafts like pottery, woodcraft, crochet, marco, handicrafts, coconut craft, hand painted tiles etc. What’s more, the event will also feature various food stalls serving traditional Goan cuisine, managed by local artisans/self help groups.
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Besides this, a special gallery will be set up to exhibit ancient Goan heritage photographs, Great Goans in History, traditional way of life of Goans, Historic moments of Goan history captured through pictures, etc. There will also be a section of heritage items used earlier by Goans. A special section on Saligao Village will showcase the history of the church, the Historic temple of Goddess Sharvani, the history of Saligao village and the heritage houses in the village.
Visitors can also experience the entertainment programmes that includes Goan dance performances like Dhalo, Mando, Fugdi, Ghode Modni, Goff, Divli dance, Kunbi dance, Kalshi dance, Kazaracho dance, fisherfolk dance and the likes along with other traditional Goan folk dances like Jagor, Morulo, Khel Tiatr, brass band, Veerabhadra,  Dhangar Nrutya, Zemado, Dasarwadan, etc. The folk artists dressed in traditional Goan dance costumes will be moving around entertaining the crowd during the festival.
Event Highlights
Fashion show on traditional Goan wear by well-known Goan fashion designer Verma D’Mello.
Konkani songs by Sonia Shirsat
Classical singing by Praveen Gaonkar
Performance by Goa’s nightingale Lorna Cordeiro
Goa’s folk dances by Mahendra Phaldessai Troupe, Amelia Dias and Troupe, Amit Tate & Group, Kirti Kala Krida Kendra     from Bicholim led by Pundalik Sawant, Marianela Gina and Troupe, the famous trio combination popularly known as ‘Mil Mel      Nel’
Performance by Tiatr artists Milagres Fernandes, Cezar D’Mello and Agnel  D’Costa, besides a traditional Goan brass band.
As part of the Goa Heritage Festival, a seminar has been organised on the Saturday January 11th on Goan Heritage at the Saligao Panchayat Hall, with lectures by President of Goa Heritage Action Group and professor at Dhempe College of Arts and Science Prajal Sakhardande, Feature Writer and Photographer Pantaleao Fernandes. Eminent personalities from around Goa will be felicitated during the festival to appreciate their contribution in various fields. So, what are you waiting for? Come and witness Goa’s rich cultural heritage through this unique 5 day festival starting January 7, 2014 onwards!

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