Panaji, November12, 2015 ….  The Department of Art and Culture will be organizing 17th National level Arts and Crafts fair ‘ Lokotsav ’ (Folk Festival) in joint collaboration with West Zone Cultural Centre, Udaipur and in association with Kala Academy, and Sports Authority of Goa in the month of January, at Darya Sangam, Kala Academy, Panaji.

          This folk festival will be held between January 8, to January 17, 2016 for ten days. It is being organized to provide a platform to the traditional craft persons and folk artists from different parts of the country and from the state of Goa to display and sale their arts and crafts. This festival is being organized every year towards promotion and preservation of handicraft items, craft persons and performing artists.

          About 600 craft persons from different parts of the country as well as from Goa participate in this festival to exhibit their art and craft during the festival period. The stalls are provided to the Goans craft persons registered under the Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation, Rural Development Agency, etc. The stalls will be allotted to the craft persons on sharing basis. The stall registration charges (non refundable) will be Rs. 300/- per stall. The stalls serving food items (except packed dry food items) shall be charged garbage charges of Rs. 400/- per day for Goan food stalls (total for ten days Rs. 4,000/-) shall be collected at the time of allotment of the stalls. For the food stalls from out of state will be charged @ Rs. 800/- per day as cleaning charges and (total for ten days Rs. 8,000/-) shall be collected at the time of allotment of the stalls.

          The Goan craftpersons are requested to collect the application forms from the office of the Directorate of Art and Culture, Sanskruti Bhavan, Patto Panaji during office working hours from November 16, 2015 and submit the duly filled forms with details and enclosures on or before , November 27, 2015 to the office