The Goa Heritage Festival is an annual event that is usually
held in mid-November. It is organized jointly by the NGO, Goa Heritage Action
Group, the Panaji City Corporation and the Department of Tourism in Goa. The
festival is held in the capital city of Panaji and all events are organized in
and around the city’s old heritage buildings.
Snippets From the Festival’s History
The festival was first held in the year 2001 and over the
decade, it has become one of the most sought after events in Goa’s tourism
calendar. However, the aim of launching the Goa Heritage Fest was not primarily
to attract tourists. Rather, it was to also to create awareness among locals on
the efforts that should be made to protect and encourage the heritage and
culture of the state.
the Scenes Look
The festival showcases Goa’s culture and heritage and prior
to the festival, the capital is spruced up and special stages are set up for
the artisans’ exhibits and cultural concerts. Participants in the festival
include Goan artists, weavers, potters, copper smiths, and silver smiths.
Their work is exhibited during the festival as experts on
Goan heritage deliver lectures and hold academic discussions by the side on
Goa’s heritage and the best way to preserve it.The Goa Heritage Festival serves two purposes, in this way.
It draws attention on the need to preserve the local culture and at the same
time, it provides a platform for local artists and artisans to display their
skills and to tap into new business opportunities.
The festival gives the audience a chance to see, hear and
enjoy Goa’s ethnic folk dances and music. The overall atmosphere is a very
festive one – an experience that is further bettered by the delicious food
served by the stalls set up in the vicinity of the festival. The local cuisine
gives tourists and visitors a chance to sample some of Goa’s traditional
Goa has much more to
offer than just golden sands and swaying palms – and this is the message that
the Goa Heritage Festival has been successfully sending out since its
inception. If you’re looking for a unique way to spend your holiday, you can
pack your bags and head to Goa this November, on a trip of a lifetime