Hornbill Festival is an annual event which showcases Nagaland’s tradition and rich cultural heritage in all its diversity and grandeur. It is hosted by Nagaland Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama. This year, the Hornbill Concert, a part of the festival, will be held for three days from today at Dimapur, which is about 74km from Kohima.
The theme of the festival this year is ‘Culturally Yours’. This year all tribes from the State will showcase their traditional attires, lively songs and dances. An Archival exhibition will showcase a rare collection of original documents from public records, private records, rare historical and geographical maps, newspaper clippings and rare books and sale of departmental publications etc, with reading facilities for interested students, scholars and researchers.
Some of the dignitaries who will grace the occasion are Nagaland’s Governor PB Acharya, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma and Justice Ajit Singh, Chief Justice, Gauhati High Court, Guwahati. Chief Minister TR Zeliang will be the chief host and Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism C Apok Jamir as the host.
Hornbill Night Carnival, a part of the festival, aims to promote young upcoming local entrepreneurs comprising mostly of educated unemployed youth. The International Hornbill Rock Contest will be held at Indira Gandhi Stadium.
Some of the highlights of the festival will be the 4th Hornbill Choral Competition in collaboration with NBCC, presented by Symphony Production and supported by Music Task Force. 10 choirs from Nagaland have been selected to compete for the title. The judges for the competition include Khyochano Ngully, Asin Shurhozolie and Akhrou Koza.
The 5th edition of Hornbill Riders meet under the aegis of Nagaland Motorcycle Club will take place from December 4 to 5 in Kohima, Khezhekeno and Kisama.