IMPHAL, Nov 15 – Steps are on to organise the North East Youth Festival in Manipur’s Senapati district headquarters in mid-January next year. The gala festival of youths will be held under the theme ‘Peace through culture and identity’, on January 18-19 next year. Dominic Chawang, convenor of the organising committee, announced this in a press conference at Hotel Classic in Imphal on Sunday.“The main objective of the festival it to improve inter-societal amity and enhance cultural harmony amongst all the people of the Northeast through a cultural extravaganza showcasing the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the region thereby spreading the message of peace and brotherhood,” Chawang said.
The Northeast has been more than often been described as a ‘region of fear’ to the outside world. But the organisers want to tell the outside world that “the region is a land of serenity as it radiates joy in its very being” through the forthcoming youth festival. “The aim of our event is also to bring the youths of the region to a common platform so as to reason together collectively in enhancing the mission of brotherhood in the midst of differences”, he observed.
Highlighting the salient features of the mega event, the convenor said cultural programmes, including traditional dance competitions, talent search and beauty pageant will be held during the festival. Food fest competitions, musical nites with noted Tangkhul folk singer Rewben Mashangva will be a feature of the festival.