.FEST makes a comeback with the second edition of Odisha’s Festival of Festivals; Aims to Catapult tourism

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Bhubaneswar: Creating a festival of festivals in Bhubaneswar during the FIH men’s Hockey
world cup, .FEST makes a comeback with its second edition from 15th to 29th January 2023.
The cultural festival brings an experience like never-before for the people of Odisha with
activities to create a cherishable experience. Be it Food, Entertainment, Stories or Trails, .FEST
entails a host of surprises from enthralling performances by the best of musicians, singers,
stand-up artists, dancers, and trails to the thousand year old temples & caves to slurping the
street foods of 16+ countries and witnessing amazing stories, folklore by globally acclaimed
Starting on the 15th of January, .FEST will have a slew of celebrities making appearances like
Bollywood divas Disha Patani and Divya Kumar slated to enthrall audiences during curtain
raiser. Renowned dance choreographers like Shiamak Davar and Salman Yousuf would also be
taking the stage by storm, along with music superstars like Guru Randhawa, Harshdeep Kaur,
Neeti Mohan, and Amit Trivedi, who would present enchanting contemporary, classical and Sufi
night performances. The audiences would also get to witness a laughter riot with stand-up
comedians Sunil Grover and Shilpa Rao followed with a retro night by popular 90’s singers Udit
Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Sukhwinder Singh. A fusion fiesta by Siddhart Mahadevan,
ShivamMhadevan, and Shrinidhi would also keep the audiences swaying through the starry
Smt. Sulochana Das, Hon’ble Mayor, BMC, said, “The .FEST is the city festival of the
Bhubaneswar where the citizens will celebrate the capital city with music, food, trails,
exhibitions and much more.”
Commenting on the 2nd edition of the grand .FEST, Shri Balwant Singh, IAS, Vice Chairman,
BDA, states, “The .FEST this year is going to be extravagant as it will bring millions together to
cherish the cultural tenacity of the state and allow local artists, startups, performers, makers &
creators to get an extraordinary platform to showcase their talent.” Also present on the
occasion were Shri Vijay Amruta Kulange, IAS, Commissioner, BMC and Shri Thirumala Naik, IAS,
Labour Commissioner cum Nodal Officer .FEST
Providing the experience of a fortnight long festival of festivals, .FEST was first curated in 2018.
The previous edition of .FEST witnessed a massive success with millions of Bhubaneswar locals
& others from around the world including the best hockey players along with International and
national media. This year, the visitors can experience trails around the city of Bhubaneswar,
visitors can also experience the Bhubaneswar Festival of Storytelling (BhuFesSto) specifically
curated for the children along with elderly to keep alive the great saga of local literature, poetry
& stories. The 15-day long event will also host another artistically crafted event called Sebbe O
Ebbe (Then & Now), a photo exhibition that will showcase the glorious history of Bhubaneswar,
one of the 1st Planned cities of Independent India, along with events like International Food
Festival, and first of its kind unique Night Bazar & Flea Market throughout.

Odisha has become the sports capital of India with the increased investment in sports and the
Hockey World Cup tournaments being hosted in Bhubaneswar consecutively since the past four
years. Odisha being a sports hub of India doesn’t just enable the state to leverage this and
increase tourism but has also brought the cultural side of Bhubaneswar at the forefront.

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