FAIRS AND FESTIVALS IN ANDAMAN ISLANDS
To provide entertainment of opportunities for tourists and local public the Tourism Department organises the following fairs and festivals / events every year by covering maximum tourists’ spots / islands in Andaman & Nicobar Islands. These functions are held tentatively as per the below schedule every year.
1. The Island Tourism Festival (ITF) is held 15 days in January every year.
2. The Beach Festival is held 3 days in April every year.
3. The Music Festival / Monsoon Festival is held 3 days in August every year.
4. The Food Festival is held 4 days in September every year.
5. The World Tourism Day celebrations is held on 27th September every year.
6. The Film Festival is held 3 days in November every year.
THE ISLAND TOURISM FESTIVAL (ITF), Port Blair
The Island Tourism Festival is the annual cultural event organized for promotion of tourism and entertainment for islanders. The main events are held at Port Blair. However, small programme, as a part of festival are also organized in other places like Wimberlygunj, Wandoor, Neil, Havelock, Rangat, Mayabunder, Diglipur, Hut Bay, Car Nicobar, Kamorta, Campbell Bay etc. The 10 -day festival is held annually from 5th January with an inaugural function to be graced by Hon’ble Lt. Governor at ITF ground Port Blair. The inaugural function is telecast live in DD Bharati and is beamed for telecast in many countries. During the festival, the main venue – ITF ground swells with people from all walks of the life and tourists. The highlight of the festival at ITF ground is the exhibition depicting strides made by the Island Administration in various spheres and sale of general merchandise, food stalls, and stalls of interest to tourists, Floating Restaurant etc. The main focal point, however, is the performance of mainland artists especially reputed music bands, Bollywood singers, dancers, performers etc. Artists of East Zone and South Zone Cultural Centers are also invited by the Art & Culture department and performed simultaneously in outlying islands. Hasya Kavi Sammelan is also organized by the official language department of Administration to delight the crowd. To accommodate crowd throngs up for mega shows alternate venues are set up at Netaji stadium Port Blair also.
THE BEACH FESTIVAL, Carbyn’s Cove Beach
The beach festival is the recent addition of festivals made by the department to cater to the needs of beach lovers. The venue of the festival may vary. Composition of this festival are beach activities like beach volley ball, and other beach sports like tug of war, kabaddi etc. Food-courts, variety entertainment programmes, fun activities are also arranged depending up on venue and facilities near the beach.
THE FLEA MARKET
Weekend market has been organised from time to time in the islands at various places providing opportunity for the locals to showcase their produce also tourists to enjoy the local cuisine, buy local handicrafts and produce. The event has been launched for entertainment of tourists and Islanders.
THE MONSOON FESTIVAL / THE MUSIC FESTIVAL
To provide round the year tourism activities in the Island, Monsoon festival is organized in the month of May – June with ingredients like Music, food kiosks etc. Music Festival together with Monsoon festival has become a celebrated event in the islands.