Cherry Blossom Festival to start on Nov 17

Shillong, Oct 13:The Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival is back and ready to take the Northeast of India by storm with its most diverse and vibrant events on November 17, 18 and 19.

Addressing a press conference, Tourism Minister Paul Lyngdoh said over one lakh tourists are expected to participate in the event

“We are expecting huge benefits for the tourism industry in the state through this festival”, he said

An official statement said that this year, the festival promises to be the most happening and unforgettable experience for attendees as it unveils an exceptional headliner line-up and an exciting all-new multi-stage layout at the stunning RBDSA Sports Complex in Ri Bhoi.

The headliner line-up for the Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival 2023 includes internationally acclaimed sensations such as Ne-Yo, Ronan Keating, Sanam, Jonas Blue, SURL, Pink Panda, Kenny Musik and an array of local talents, including Meba Ofilia, Lou Majaw, Blue Temptation, and many more credible artists from Shillong and Northeast India.

Ne-Yo, the Grammy Award-winning R&B artist known for his chart-topping hits, and Ronan Keating, the iconic voice behind timeless classics, will ensure that the musical experience is nothing short of a magical experience. Sanam, the YouTube sensation and heartthrob, will steal hearts with his melodious tunes, while Jonas Blue and Pink Panda will keep the energy scaring with their electrifying performances. The local artists will add their distinctive flavours, creating a harmonious blend of musical talent that is unique to the essence of Shillong.

But the festival doesn’t stop at music! It has a wide range of activities to cater to all interests. From cosplay competitions that celebrate the spirit of fantasy and imagination to the Miss and Mr. Cherry Blossom Pageant where the essence of beauty and grace will be recognized. The choir contest will fill the air with harmonious melodies, and the graffiti contest and art installation contest will transform the festival grounds into an open-air art gallery.

For the thrill-seekers, there’s the Ferris wheel to get a breathtaking view of the festival grounds and the city. And if you crave an adrenaline rush, try the zipline, which will send you soaring through the festival atmosphere creating an unforgettable experience like never before.

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