Ziro Festival of Music
Ziro Festival of Music
Held amidst the spectacular Ziro Valley in September, this four-day annual festival is hosted by the local Apatani tribe, known for their closeness to nature. With an infrastructure built almost entirely of locally-sourced bamboo and a strong emphasis on eco-friendly practices, Ziro Festival of Music is a one-of-its-kind event. The carefully-curated line-up brings together over 40 of the best independent music acts from across the region, country and world.
Rock acts Lee Ranaldo and the Dust, Lou Majaw, menwhopause and MONO, blues group Soulmate, jazz artist Nubya Garcia, Indian classical musician Jyoti Hegde, qawwali musician Shye Ben-Tzur and singer-songwriters Lucky Ali and Prateek Kuhad are among those who have performed on Ziro’s stages over the years.
Since its launch 2012, the festival has grown exponentially to attract a loyal and globe-trotting crowd. It is also a key player in driving tourism to Arunachal Pradesh and is currently the largest non-pilgrimage, tourist-drawing event in the state. The festival, which did not take place in 2020 and 2021, returned in 2022 and included a slew of stellar performances. Rapper Baba Sehgal, singer-songwriters Bipul Chettri and Rabbi Shergill, pop group Easy Wanderlings, electro-pop outfit Laxmi Bomb and rock band Motherjane were among the acts on the line-up.
It also featured a number of artists from the north east, as well as a handful of international artists including electro-soul singer Eadyth from the UK and rock band Pinky Doodle Poodle from Japan. Away from the stages, attendees had the opportunity to participate in dance and movement classes, tapestry making, indigenous music workshops, village walks, birdwatching and butterfly trails.
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Three tips to make the most of the festival:
1. Book your tickets and sort out your accommodation well in advance if you don’t want to camp.
2. Connect with fellow festival attendees beforehand to make the journey and destination more enjoyable.
3. Learn about the artists performing through the festival website and make your personalised schedule of who you want to see.
How To Get There
How to reach Arunachal Pradesh
1. By Air: Arunachal Pradesh doesn’t have an airport. The airport closest to Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh, is Lilabari in Assam, which receives flights four days a week (Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from Guwahati and Kolkata. The distance between Lilabari Airport and Itanagar can be covered in two hours by bus or a taxi. Guwahati has an international airport from where you can get a flight to all the major hubs of India. For visiting Arunachal Pradesh by airways, tourists can consider Naharlagun Airport, which is 67 km from the city. You could even take a helicopter ride. Many Pawan Hans helicopters operate from Guwahati and run within Arunachal Pradesh.
2. By Rail: On 20 February 2015, the first train to Naharlagun was started from New Delhi, which eventually extended the railway network to Tawang. There are only two trains that run on this network – the daily Naharlagun-Guwahati Intercity Express and the 22411/Naharlagun-New Delhi AC SF Express. From Naharlagun, tourists can easily get buses to reach their desired destination in Arunachal Pradesh.
3. By Road: Arunachal Pradesh is easily accessible by road. One can easily get direct buses from neighbouring cities and towns like Guwahati, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Nagaon.
- Food stalls
- Gendered toilets
- Licensed bars
- Sign-language interpreters
- Unisex toilets
- Wheelchair access
- Masks mandatory
- Sanitiser booths
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Prepare for a wet festival so pack gumboots and rain jackets.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate at things you should keep handy.
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