The Bhubaneswar Development Authority and Odisha Tourism today launched the first edition of .FEST (Bhubaneswar City Festival). The festival is going to be held from 1st to 16th December coinciding with Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup 2018. According to an official press release, the festival will have international street food festival, entertainment, international storytelling festival and trails. The visitors can experience cuisines from 15 countries across the world as well as authentic flavours of Odisha.
.FEST At Bhubaneshwar
“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 at the launch.
Prominent personalities including musicians like Vishal and Shekhar, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Farhan Akhtar, Shaan, Sona Mohapatra, Rituraj Mohanty, Noorani Sisters and Krishna Beura would be performing at the IDCO Exhibition Ground as a part of .FEST. “Since the ‘I am Bhubaneswar’ project launched in 2015, we’ve grown towards highlighting the art and culture in the city—especially since it is known as the temple city,” said Shri Niranjan Pujari and Hon’ble Minister Housing & Urban Development Department & Water Resources, Government of Odisha. “The city’s temples are known to be a great work of art which has always been a highlight for the city. The endeavour now is to push that envelope of creativity forward.”