January 7, Goa kicked off the 2nd Annual Heritage Festival, which promises to be bigger and better, at Saligao Football Ground opposite the Mae de Deus Church, a beautiful 125-year-old heritage structure. Organized by the Department of Tourism & Goa Tourism Development Corporation, the event celebrates the arts, culture, history that showcases the Goan spirit, bringing together a host of talented performers and artisans to create a unique experience for tourists.
What's on offer:
Goan artisans and craftsmen will display their skills and crafts with live demonstrations.
Stalls exhibiting and promoting unique Goan crafts like pottery, woodcraft, crochet, marco, handicrafts, coconut craft, hand painted tiles etc.
Food stalls serving traditional Goan cuisine, managed by local artisans/self-help groups.
Besides this, a special gallery will be set up to exhibit ancient Goan heritage photographs, great Goans in history, traditional way of life of Goans, historic moments of Goan history captured through pictures, etc. There will also be a section of heritage items used earlier by Goans. A special section on Saligao Village will showcase the history of the church, the historic temple of goddess Sharvani, the history of Saligao village and the heritage houses in the village.
Visitors can also experience the entertainment programmes that includes Goan dance performances like Dhalo, Mando, Fugdi, Ghode Modni, Goff, Divli dance, Kunbi dance, Kalshi dance, Kazaracho dance, fisherfolk dance and the likes along with other traditional Goan folk dances like Jagor, Morulo, Khel Tiatr, brass band, Veerabhadra, Dhangar Nrutya, Zemado, Dasarwadan, etc. Folk artists dressed in traditional Goan dance costumes will entertain the crowd.
Experience Goa’s rich cultural heritage through this unique five-day festival.
Text and images: courtesy Goa Tourism