For the first time, the Hornbill Festival in Nagaland will feature Footloose, a national dance competition. Participants from other states and local talent are expected to light up the dance floor.
The competition will be held Dec 7-9 at The Heritage (Old DC Bungalow) here. The total prize money is Rs.2.9 lakh – solo first prize (Rs.70,000), solo second prize (Rs.50,000), group first prize (Rs.1,00,000) and group second prize (Rs.70,000), said a statement.
Nagaland Fitness and Dance Academy (NAFDA) in partnership with the Nagaland government will host the dance competition at the gala, which is the most celebrated event in the northeast region.
Those wishing to compete can register online and send their video CD or upload their video for audition. A panel of experts will select the participants.
There will be two elimination rounds before the grand finale and separate categories for solo and group dances.
Outstation competitors will be provided accommodation.
The annual Hornbill Festival is organised by the state tourism and art and culture departments. Held at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, about 12 km from Kohima, the fest showcases a melange of cultural displays under one roof.
The aim of the festival is to revive and protect the rich culture and traditions of the state.