‘Dot Fest’ is back to Bhubaneswar ahead of Hockey World Cup

Bhubaneswar: The temple city will witness the second edition of .Fest in January 2023. The Hockey World Cup knocking to happen in just few months.

There was a review meeting held under the chairmanship of Development Commission‐ cum‐Addl. Chief Secretary with the presence of senior officials from all concerned departments like Sports, Tourism, Housing and Urban Development, Commissionerate Police, Energy, NHAI with senior officials of Sundergarh District Administration.

There were four major action points identified and assigned to related govt agencies as part
of the preparation for .FEST and the makeover of the city. It has been decided to improve the
Priority Road Network (PRN) comprising of around 80KM roads along major landmarks and
priority areas in Bhubaneswar.

Similarly, it was decided to ensure no digging of roads to be conducted by any agency and department especially WATCO, GAIL & internet service providers starting from 1st December 22 without prior approval from the BMC.

The elements like Night bazar and city beautification works are to be supported by Handlooms Textile & Handicrafts Dept. and Odia language, Literature and Culture Department.

A decision was taken that in the meeting to form an Executive Committee for City Festival and
Beautification under the chairmanship of VC‐BDA. Senior officials from BMC, Works department,
DoT, DSYS, Police department, BSCL, TPCODL, WATCO, NHAI and OFDC shall be part of this
committee.

Bhubaneswar had hosted the World Cup Hockey in the year 2018 with a dedicated city festival
celebrating food, entertainment, art and trails. The city had gone festive for the last time in
2018 before experiencing Fani in 2019 and Covid since 2020.

Hence, the second edition of .FEST is designed to celebrate city as an urban tourism destination. The fest shall have components like Photo exhibition and installations, City trails, Heritage Walks, International Food festival, Food Truck Carnival and flee night market to bring the festive vibe in the city for 15 days.

“Night bazaar and BhuFeSto (Bhubaneswar Story‐telling Festival) are going to enthral the
visitors from across the globe and help them know Odisha better, said Vice Chairperson BDA,
Shri Balwant Singh.

He also added, the .FEST 2023 have plenty to offer in the form of entertainment and performances. “We have planned to accommodate traditional performing art forms of Odisha along with music and band performances from the state to run for 15 days. There shall be weeklong star nights of various artists of international repute,” added VC, BDA.

The meeting also had focus on organizing the STAMP (Street art and mural project) in a more
holistic way by involving various art colleges in the city and state. It was decided to on-board
artists of national and international repute in consultation with Central and State Lalit Kala
Academy on things like development of art works, wall paintings, sculptures and murals, etc. at
select public spaces.

“We are very much committed to make it a community driven festival from ideation to execution and urge the citizens of the city to own their own city festival”,  added VC BDA. The citizens are requested to ensure complete cleanliness and discipline in hosting the World Cup and .FEST he further added.

“BDA as part of its preparation have already floated the tender to on-board an event
management agency of national repute to curate and execute the city festival”, said  Kabindra Kumar Sahoo, Secretary BDA.

It is noted that as part of the festival, there shall be Similarly, Bhubaneswar Urban Knowledge
Centre, a unit of BDA has closely been working with BMC and other key agencies on designing
various place making initiatives across the city as part of city beautification on priority.

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