FROM AROUND GOA
Annual Events in Goa
The IFFI aims at providing a common platform for the cinemas of the world to project the excellence of the film art; contributing to the understanding and appreciation of film cultures of different nations in the context of their social and cultural ethos; and promoting friendship and cooperation among people of the world.
The IFFI’s founding principles centre on discovery, promotion and support of filmmaking of all genres – thus bringing together the diversity of the forms, aesthetics and contents.
The Festival is an assembly of people and nations where the world’s greatest film artistes hold hands with emerging talents on an equal footing. It is also a forum for film professionals to communicate face to face with film lovers around the world.
The Coconut & Cashew Feni Fest
Cashew feni is unique to Goa, the only place on earth where it is distilled. The peak cashew season in Goa is beginning now and goes through May. “What I like the most about cashew feni is that it has an identity of its own, it is linked with the people of Goa and their traditions, the people are proud of it. I don’t think any other place in India has that,” explains Shatbhi Basu, a leading cocktail consultant based in Mumbai. And now, adding to the sense of excitement, Goan cashew feni has a Geographical Indication certificate – providing it with invaluable trademark protection, though critics lament more hasn’t been done to capitalize on the GI designation. Feni used to be something you stored at the back of your kitchen cupboard, taken out to pay back workers at the end of a hard day and served neat in a coconut shell. Now it’s asked for at the most happening parties attended by the bold and the beautiful.
Monte Music Festival
Harmonising the strings of music and binding different cultures together on one platform is what Monte Music Festival is all about. Conceived to bring together Western classical and Indian classical forms of music the Festival is organised by the Fundacao Oriente and Cidade de Goa in association with the Kala Academy and is usually held in November. The Festival has been held for the last two years and is evolving into an annual event. It endeavours to link heritage with culture by bringing together the classical traditions of India and the West while also providing an ideal opportunity for music lovers to enjoy and collaborate in promoting Goa as a cultural destination. The venue for the festival is the courtyard of Capela da Nossa Senhora do Monte (Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount) located on a hillock near the Old Goa church complex. Facing west and providing a panoramic view of Old Goa, the Mandovi river, the islands of Divar and Chorao, Ribandar and the Arabian sea, the courtyard makes a perfect setting for the sunset performances.
Sunburn is India’s premier electronic music brand hosting Asia’s largest 3-day Electronic Music Festival in Goa, Various city festivals, Arena gigs and Club tours across the country since 2007 .
Sunburn introduced ‘Sunburn Arena’ in 2011 bringing some of the worlds best DJs to India like Avicii, Dash Berlin, Armin Van Buuren, Swedish House Mafia and many more in an exhilarating arena format across all major cities.
Inaugurated in 2007, Sunburn is a synergy of music, entertainment, food, shopping and lifestyle that attracts music tourism in India and now spreading its wings across the globe to Sri Lanka in 2012 & Dubai in 2013.
Kyoorius DesighYatra is a design festival in India. It began in 2006 where the most creative minds from the design world get under one roof and discuss aspects of design in various fields. Attendees include creative directors, artists, designers, founders, publishers and the entire spectrum of the creative industry.
With the UI, UI and digital design field emerging rapidly in India, Kyoorius will host DigiYatra or the digital part of the Kyoorius DesignYatra 2013 festival, on the first day of the three day festival. The next two days will feature the DesignYatra track.
Goa’s Coconut and Cashew Festival
For the first time, Goa Tourism in association with the Department of Agriculture, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and Goa Handicrafts Corporation is giving an opportunity to tourists to experience Goa in a nutshell. The Goa Coconut and Cashew Festival 2015 is the first of its kind to be held from April 29 to May 3, 2015 at D.B. Bandodkar Ground, Campal, Panaji, Goa. The festival will showcase all characteristics of Goa’s agro-based products which form an important part in the lives of the local Goans. From food to handicrafts, games, beverages, desserts and cultural programmes, the entire event will revolve around Coconut and Cashew. This festival will present the benefits of coconut and cashew in a creative and unique manner. There will be coconut tree climbing workshops, demos on Feni distillation, handicrafts made from coconut and cashew and even cooking workshops, exhibitions by Dept. of Agriculture and ICAR on cashew and coconut grafts and plants which will also be on sale, Interesting and innovative games will be on display using the nuts as an integral part of the fun quotient. A Trail to Cashew and Coconut plantations is being drawn up and activities such as master class on processing of Cashew and Coconut products is also being planned. The schedule will be announced later.
The Grape Escapade is being hailed as the best ever in terms of attendance, operations, flow and offerings. Over 50000 people will experience a blend of fine wine, lifestyle, haute cuisine and entertainment over 4 days.
Apart from being the only festival of its kind in Goa, the Grape Escapade is also touted to be the most enjoyable festival to date.
Water babies will love this one. Hosted at Grand Hyatt, Bambolim, this event features different contests like a 2 km swimathon and a 350 sprint swim. The event has attracted enthusiastic participants as young as seven years old in the past. Besides, all necessary measures are taken to ensure safety and comfort of the participants.
Initiated in 2002 by the Kennel Association of Goa, this two day dog show is a delight for dog lovers and gives a chance to view different breeds like Doberman, Golden Retriever, Labrador etc. The dogs compete for two categories – puppy and adult – and are judged on various points like dentations, anatomy, angulations, overall condition, movement and temperament.
Food and Cultural Festival
This 5-day festival is planned to give special focus on Goa with reference to Seafood and is an annual feature. Goan food is as famous as the Goans’ endeavour for poetry, painting and music. Goans’ have elevated cooking to a delicate art, thereby evolving a unique cuisine, which is an inspired blend of the Western and Indian variety. However, the pride of the place goes to seafood with a host of fresh varieties. Goan seafood is sure to satisfy the most discerning gourmet.
A number of stalls run by reputed caterers both from the best hotels as well as restaurants and even housewives offer one a rich experience of Goan cuisine. There are also stalls catering to aerated drinks, alcoholic beverages, ice-creams and snacks. Cultural programmes and fire works display are also presented, which also concludes the food celebration.