Goa to host Lusophone Festival

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in association with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the government of Goa will organise the International Lusophone Festival in Goa from December 3 to December 6.

The International Lusophone Festival will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant at the Durbar Hall in Raj Bhavan. Minister of State for External Affairs Meenakshi Lekhi will be the guest of honour.

The festival will include discussions, deliberations and performances by visiting cultural troupes from the CPLP countries.

Approximately 70 artists will perform at several venues in Goa namely the Entertainment Society of Goa complex, Azad Maidan, Sanskruti Bhavan, and Institute Menezes Braganza, among others.

As a part of the festival, workshops on Lusophone music for artists and volunteers, various workshops-cum-exhibition of photocopies of historical records, unique Goan architecture, Goan handicrafts and Goan furniture are being organised.

In addition, the Lusophone Food and Spirits Festival will also showcase the culinary links between India and the Lusophone world.

The Round Table discussions themed on ‘India’s Outreach to the Global South – Exploring Convergence with CPLP’ and ‘India-Lusophone Historical and Cultural Linkages: Retrospect and Prospects’ will explore India’s existing and historical Lusophone connect, as also deliberate on the way forward for future engagement.