Mini Hornbill Festival

Now, Hornbill festival will not be confined to the state capital alone but will have its presence in all the eleven districts. In a new development, Nagaland Government has approved the introduction of ‘mini-Hornbill Festivals’ in all the districts coinciding with the respective tribal festivals.

The decision was made during the People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA)Cabinet meeting held on April 16, 2018 as a follow-up to the speech of the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio during the budget session, where it was proposed that to promote tribal festivals, mini-Hornbill – Tribal Festivals would be organised by the respective Tribal Hohos in all the districts, culminating to the main Hornbill Festival which is held in the first week of December.

A DIPR report informed that the actual dates of the festival will be decided by the Deputy Commissioners in consultation with the Tribal Hohos. A committee will be constituted by the respective DCs of the districts with involvement of Tourism Department & Art and Culture Department for organizing the festivals. The committee will have representation of 2 members each from the Tribal Hoho and from the community; nominated by the government. The Deputy Commissioner will associate any other member as per requirement.

The mini-Hornbill Festivals will normally be for 3 days affair in the district headquarter (s) and for 2 days in the sub-division headquarter (s) or for 1 day depending on the nature of the festivals. The actual duration of the mini-Hornbill Festivals will be decided by the respective DCs in Consultation with the Tribal Hohos.

The basic structure of the Festival will include cultural performances of at least 3 villages, cultural performances from at least 2 other tribes, cultural performances from neighboring states and other states from mainland, handicrafts exhibition and music festival by local and outstation bands, sports, adventure sports and traditional sports, the DIPR report stated.

Financial support to be provided for organizing the Festivals are Rs 15 lakh for three- day festival and Rs 10 lakh and Rs 5 lakh each for the two-day and one-day festival. The district level committee will raise funds through sponsorships, as also grants from relevant ministries and departments of Government of India.

The best performers from the mini-Hornbill Festivals will be invited to perform at the main Hornbill Festival in December. Likewise the winners of the music events will qualify for the final auditions of the Hornbill Music Festival, the DIPR report said. A detailed action-plan will be prepared by the Department of Tourism for organizing the Mini Hornbill Festivals.

Source : Morung Express