December 2-4, 2022
About the Festival:
The year 2022 marks 75 years of India’s Independence, a historic event that permanently changed the lives of inhabitants on both sides of the border. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Bangladesh from Pakistan. The Government of India is observing the 75th year of independence, as “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, to commemorate and celebrate the journey of Independent India.
Amongst the multiple commonalities between India and Bangladesh, links between the cities of Silchar and Sylhet stand out. In an attempt to celebrate the age-old people-to-people connect of the region, India Foundation proposes to organise the 1st Silchar- Sylhet Festival on December 2-4, 2022 in the city of Silchar, Assam.
The aim of the festival is to revisit the common values and shared heritage of the twin cities and their people separated by international borders. The festival will showcase tribal culture, cuisine, literature, arts, and crafts. The festival will also bring together eminent people from public and social life, industrialists, artists, scholars, and practitioners from both sides to discuss and deliberate on issues of mutual growth and opportunity. In addition, the Festival will also provide a platform to explore multi-disciplinary trade opportunities in sectors such as healthcare, tourism, education, and digital infrastructure.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and stakeholders from Bangladesh, facilitated and envisioned by India Foundation, New Delhi and with the active involvement and warm hospitality of locals in Silchar, the Silchar – Sylhet Festival will mark the first step towards creating potential and opportunities for all involved.