The stage is set for Meghalaya to host the Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival 2023 even as the streets and lanes of this picturesque hill station are draped in pink and white Cherry Blossom trees.
National and international tourists are setting their eyes yet again as the Northeast state celebrates nature and art together with the biggest names in the music and entertainment industry.
In a recently held press briefing, the tourism minister Paul Lyngdoh said: “There will be a footfall of 30,000 visitors per day which means that by the end of the event we would have one lakh visitors. Ninety percent of these visitors are expected to be tourists from outside, both domestic as well as international travellers.”
The festival offers a diverse range of activities, from cosplay competitions and beauty pageants to choir contests, graffiti and art installations, karaoke contests, a Ferris wheel, and a thrilling zipline. The festival will be held at the RBDSA Sports Complex in Madan Kurkalang, Bhoirymbong, Ri Bhoi district.
This time, Bollywood actor Nora Fatehi is expected to attend the festival and witness American hitmaker ‘Let me love you’ Ne-Yo.
The Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of culture, art, and music, and this year’s edition is having an unforgettable medley of pop stars and DJs.
The artistes performing on the first day of the festival, November 17 – Sanam, Hybrid Theory, SURL, Kenny Musik, 4th Element, The Band Phantasm, DBRYN, Gwyneth, Dalariti, CYCO, Aminio, Dr Legend, Chevinia.
The artistes set to thrill the crowd on the second day include American singer NE-YO, Meba Ofilia, Pink Panda, Snow White, Rahul Rajkhowa, Street Stories – Banjop, Empirical Tribe – Tenny, Zethan, Ricaa Stella, Banker Kharkongor.
The last day of the festival will witness the much-anticipated performance from former Boyzone vocalist Ronan Keating, Jonas Blue, Lou Majaw, Blue Temptation, Da Minot, Nokpante, Rhem, Favian, Wanjop Sohkhlet, Banrap, Youngg Nate, Meban, Lamphrang, Toshan.
Located along National Highway 40, the route to ease traffic during Cherry Blossom Festival will be along the Guwahati Shillong Road, Mawiong-ISBT Bypass and Mawdiangdiang Bypass.