Goa gearing up for heritage festival

16th Apr 2013

An upcoming festival will celebrate and promote Goa's heritage, with hundreds of artworks on display from local artists.

The Goa Heritage Festival, which coincides with World Heritage Day, will take place in the town of Saligao and run from April 18 until April 21.

Located on the west coast of India, Goa is famed for its rich culture and long-lasting legacy of traditions. This year's festival will be held near Mae de Deus Church - a 125-year-old heritage site in Saligao.

"Through this festival, domestic as well as international tourists will get an opportunity to witness our heritage and even interact with local artisans," Manohar Parrikar, chief minister of Goa, said.

"We invite everyone to come and experience this authentic Goan festival."

Stalls will exhibit unique Goan crafts such as pottery, woodcraft, crochet, marco, handicrafts and coconut craft, with live demonstrations and workshops that visitors will be able to participate in.

In addition a special gallery of photos will portray the traditional way of life for Goans, plus there will be section for heritage items along with Konkani books.

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