Mark Your Calendar For These Upcoming Festivals

Mark Your Calendar For These Upcoming Festivals
Dharamshala hosts the annual film festival, drawing people from all walks of life , Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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Simrran Gill
September 02 , 2019
14 Min Read

While the year is coming to an end the line up for festivals is emerging. An amalgamation of music, arts, culture, films along with a great deal of excitement is what you should be expecting out of this year’s lineup. Perfect as getaways from the city’s madness, these festivals are exactly what you need to get into the festive spirit. Here are the festivals that you should not miss in 2019 (and early 2020):


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Nagaland houses various tribes with each with their own unique set of festivals. Right from the beginning of the year upto November, each month hosts a festivity. And called the ‘festival of festivals’, Hornbill is held every year to promote inter tribal interaction and the cultural heritage of Nagaland. Organized by the state government every year, the culture shared by various tribes comes alive under one roof here. An indigenous mix of crafts, sports, food fairs, games and ceremonies Hornbill also offers  an insight into the lives of the various Naga Tribes. For more details, visit the website
Dates: December 1-December 10, 2019


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Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF) is not unheard of. The festival is a multi-disciplinary arts initiative and celebrates visual, performing and culinary arts, whilst exploring genres with film, live arts, literature and fashion. The festival’s 4th edition will host exhibitions, performances, talks as well as workshops. The festival is spread over multiple locations across Goa, which includes the Adil Shah Palace, Kala Academy, Old GMC complex amongst the others. You can look up for more details here
Dates: December 15-December 22, 2019


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Pushkar fair is one of the longest celebrated festivals. The festival’s initial days have a camp setup where artists from Thar Desert make their presence felt through their soulful music. The crowd at the fair increases over the course of days, building up to the festive spirit. The fair attracts thousands of camels, horses and cattle and is visited by over 400,000 people over a period of around fourteen days. The fair brings forward a chance to blend in with the local population, witness the colour and spectacle of one of the traditional melas, which brings together livestock, farmers, traders and villagers from all over Rajasthan. You can have a look at their schedule here.
Dates: October 30-November 12, 2019


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If you a lover of the art and appreciate its nuances then India Art Fair will surely be a delight for you.This is the only art fair held in India in which major and mid-level art galleries with independent emerging artists celebrate contemporary art every year under one roof. The festival features approximately 50 art galleries, more than 300 independent artists from 40 different cities from India and overseas with wide range of artworks that include paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs, digital prints, video art and all other forms of visual art done in various mediums in more than 150 booths. The festival is a celebration of art and artists and lends you a platform to interact with like minded people. You can read more about the fair here
Dates: January 30-February 2, 2020


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IFFI dates back to the year 1952 and has made its presence felt since then. The festival aims to provide a common platform to the cinemas across the world to project the excellence of the art of film making. The festival has been in existence for the last 48 years with over a decade’s presence in Goa.In 1952, it started with the participation of 23 countries with over two hundred films’ entries. This year, the numbers have quadrupled to a whopping 1000 entries from over 100 countries across the world. However, this year IFFI has been reduced to a 9 day siesta this time as compared to 11 days in 2015. The details can be checked out here.
Dates: November 20-November 28, 2019


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Good cinema and the serenity of mountains come together at DIFF each year. The festival is home to screenings, Q&A’s with filmmakers, panel discussions and masterclasses. The festival started in the year 2012 and has come a long way now. It brings together the best of independent cinema, filmmakers and an equally excited audience. DIFF is a festival for everybody: filmmakers and volunteers, grown-ups and children, travellers from afar and the local community. The festival details can be found here.
Dates: November 7-November 10, 2019

Also Read: September Calls For These 4 Exciting Festivals | Upcoming Music Festivals Where You Should Be Headed 

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