Bir Music Festival
Launched in 2020, the Bir Music Festival is described as “pahadon ka tyohaar”, or a “festival of the mountains”. The two-day festival is held twice a year in the village of Bir in Himachal Pradesh. Organised by Hipostel, the first edition for this year took place in June, and the second will take place in December.
Past editions have seen performances from artists such as the Deepak Rathore Project, Osho Jain and Shubhank Sharma. The last edition, held in June 2022, was headlined by Neeraj Arya’s folk-fusion band Kabir Cafe. Other artists at this edition included the Hindi rock group Apricot and singer-songwriter Saby Singh. The forthcoming edition will include performances by Rajasthani folk-Sufi fusion band Gajee Khan Ensemble, rock act Indian Ocean, stand-up comedian Vinay Bhatia, and poet Nikhlesh Tiwari. It would also include other events such as a pebble-painting workshop, treasure hunts and sound healing sessions.
The Bir Music Festival will be held between 09 and 10 June 2023.
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How to Get There
How to Reach Bir-Billing
1. By Air: There is no direct flight connectivity for the city of Bir. Kangra Airport, which is 67.6 km away is the nearest airport that connects Bir to the rest of the country. Other airports close to Bir are those of Amritsar (260 km), Chandigarh (290 km) and New Delhi (520 km).
2. By Rail: There is no direct rail connectivity to Bir. The nearest broad gauge station is in Pathankot, which is 112.4 km away, while the nearest narrow gauge station is in Ahju, which is just 3 km away. A toy train runs from Pathankot to Ahju.
3. By Road: Regular bus services ply to and from the city. They operate on a daily basis from places such as Shimla and Dharamshala. You can also hire shared taxis for the same route.
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Items & Accessories to Carry
1. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
2. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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