16 - 22 October 2019
  New Delhi      India

Dances Choirs / Songs

Director:  Vagdevi Karumuri

Festival City – Delhi:
Welcome to Delhi, City of Djinns:
Delhi is the capital territory of India.  Delhi is the largest commercial centre in northern India. The National Capital Territory of Delhi has its own Legislative Assembly, Lieutenant Governor, council of ministers and Chief Minister. The people of Delhi are referred to as Delhiites or Dilliwalas. The city is referenced in various idioms of the Northern Indo-Aryan languages.
Delhi's Culture at a Glance
Delhi has been ruled by different kinds of the rulers that belong to different regions and thus follow their own tradition. This is the reason that the capital city of India has vast variety of the traditions and the culture with a different faith in every nook and corner of the city which means combination of ancient and modern beauty.
New Delhi has been acting as host of different types of the cultures and this attracts more tourists towards this charming city. It enlightens the heart with every passing monuments, forts, markets, and colorful people with mass diversity all around. The dilli walas are culturally and religiously incredibly united. That is why Delhi is one of the top places in the list of tourists and serving as the complete tourism hub for the visitors.
Indira Gandhi International Airport welcomes you with great delight and honor however, for you to be able to make your vacation comfortable and memorable; Delhi's culture has been influenced by its lengthy history and historic association as the capital of India. This is exemplified by many significant monuments in the city. Delhi is also identified as the location of Indraprastha, the ancient capital of the Pandavas. 
The Archaeological Survey of India recognizes 1200 heritage buildings and 175 monuments as national heritage sites. In the Old City, the Mughals and the Turkic rulers constructed several architecturally significant buildings, such as the Jama Masjid – India's largest mosque and the Red Fort. Three World Heritage Sites – the Red Fort, Qutab Minar and Humayun's Tomb – are located in Delhi. Other monuments include the India Gate, the Jantar Mantar – an 18th-century astronomical observatory – and the Purana Qila – a 16th-century fortress. 
The Laxminarayan temple, Akshardham temple, the Bahá'í Lotus temple and the ISKCON temple are examples of modern architecture. Raj Ghat and associated memorials houses memorials of Mahatma Gandhi and other notable personalities. New Delhi houses several government buildings and official residences reminiscent of British colonial architecture, including the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Secretariat, Rajpath, the Parliament of India and Vijay Chowk. Safdarjung's Tomb is an example of the Mughal gardens style. Some regal havelis (palatial residences) are in the Old City.

Festival Description:

International Folklore Festival is characterized by the unique format of the event, variety of folklore and performing features of dances,  from all corners of the Globe, openness to the new, combination of entertainment and high artistic level of participants’ performance, where the dance and cultures of the World UNITE  in the heart of India’s Capital New Delhi.
International Ethnic Folklore Festival started its first edition-2015, in the heart of India’s Capital & Union territory New Delhi, City of Djinns. IEFF-INDIA focuses on cultural & Tourism concepts with a combination of luxurious comfort of the artistic groups.
The concept of the festival-contest meets the actual world trends of folklore culture popularization.  Particularly it corresponds with the initiatives of UNESCO that has called the world community to active promotion of dialog between cultures and generations through folk art.
Project goals are creation of objective rating of folklore performers-improvisers, promotion of up-and-coming folklore performers and attraction of interest of national and foreign community to the Festival and its participants. The Festival is destined to answer for popularization of folklore culture and wide public recognition of performer’s talent.
IEFF is a creative collision of dance performances, traditional music, workshops and discussions. It is vibrant and exciting festival offering a wide range of expertise from world-class folklore artists to impromptu performances on Indian Stages, which portray the ethnic ancestral traditions with royal costumes forming a unique cultural diversity thus enhancing the portfolio of the Festival providing a fun day out for people of all ages and walks of life.
The Festival makes its authentic skill full and colorful presence with finest acts yearly during the October which connects audiences and artists from around the world would also generate significant cultural, social and economic benefits to all countries participating in the festival by strengthening of mutual respect and tolerance & activation of creative contacts.
The Festival showcases 10 International Folklore Ensembles with 5 National Ensembles. The festival will be a highlight of the New Delhi’s Cultural diversity and it expects an exceptional line up which brings over 400 artists together with the massive crowd over 10,000 to 20,000 patrons by hitting the biggest grounds & Auditoriums of New Delhi and NCR Regions.
The Festival is providing a platform for outstanding artistic groups, to offer the audience a great diversity in countries and areas represented in the program and never forgetting to add some fun and unique identity to our cultural shows. We try to bring quality in depth, and we recognize the need to give our artists and audiences the best stages, in the best auditoriums, with the best sound and lighting possible.
Our Festival is committed to provide international forum to the talent of New Delhi   to all where art lovers would get an opportunity to explore different cultures under one roof and to enjoy the dances of various countries and provinces of India.
The Festival will arrange some activities for the attending groups as the excursions to some of the local Historical Places.  Preparing the Fun games and encourages groups to participate.
Our folklore festival in the New Delhi area, promises to feature over 40 hours of entertainment in one week of cultural events.

Admission to the Festival:

  • Festival Organization will provide space to all folklore dancing groups and also equally to some of the Dancing/Musical groups who want to share our stage for their cultural project promotions, Dancing School / Academy Promotions, College/University Dance Group Promotions & Music Album Promotions.
  • Festival Organization will select the best 10 groups from 4 corners of the World, who are requested to pay for the accommodation and Food thereby selecting the Accommodation packages of 175Euros /240Euros.


  • Festival is open to host all dancing and musical performance groups.
  • Groups are allowed to perform with live music or cd player.
  • Participants of the Music Bands should at least be 5.
  • Participants of the group members should be of any age starting from 5+.
  • Groups should get the Flight Tickets and Travel Insurance by their own.
  • Groups can extend their stay in INDIA only with the organizer with extra days and extra tourism which are available with the organizer. Groups can not engage themselves with any other Tour operator while in India on Organizers invitation.
  • Groups should choose the accommodation packages stated below:

Participation Fee:

  • 175 Euro per person
  • 240 Euro per person

Participation fee includes:

175 Euro Package:
  • 3 Star Hotel Accommodation
  • Full Board: 3 Times Meals
  • 4 nights / 5 days Accommodation
  • Arrival on 17th October by 12:00 and (Lunch will be the first meal)
  • Departure on 21st October by 10:00 - 12:00 (after breakfast)
  • New Delhi Airport Transfers

240 Euro Package:

  • 4 Star Hotel Accommodation
  • Full Board: 3 Times Meals
  • 5 nights / 6 days Accommodation
  • Arrival on 16th October by 12:00 and (Lunch will be the first meal)
  • Departure on 21st October by 10:00 - 12:00 (after breakfast)
  • New Delhi Airport Transfers
  • Delhi City Tour  (Excluding Monuments fee)

Additional Tourism:

  1. AGRA & MATHURA TOUR : (1Day/Same day)
  2. HARIDWAR & RISHIKESH TOUR : (2 Days/1Night) Visit to River Ganges & Laxman Jhoola & Ram Jhoola
  3. JAIPUR : ( 3 days/ 2nights) Amer Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort,  Hawa Mahal, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Sisodiya Rani Bagh, Vidyadhar Garden & Albert Hall.
  4. GUJARAT : ( 5 days/4 nights) Ahmedabad, Rajkot , Somnath , Porbander, Dwarka, Modhera – SUN Temple
  5. GOA TOUR:  (By Train)  3nights/4 days (4* Hotel (triple Sharing)
  6. GOA TOUR:  (By Flight)  3nights/4 days (4* Hotel (triple Sharing)
  7. HIMACHAL TOUR : Shimla &  Manali   3nights/4 days (3* Hotel (triple Sharing)
All application forms will be evaluated by the Organization Committee. Official invitations will be sent to all groups as soon possible.

Arrivals & Departures:

The date of arrival for participants should arrive in New Delhi Airport on 10th of October by 12:00 hours.
The departure time from New Delhi shall be started on 21st /22nd October by 12:00 afternoon (After Breakfast).
The participating groups shall arrive in New Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport, the SMC organization committee will arrange a coach to meet the foreign groups in the airport and escort them to the hotel.

Travel Requirements:

  • Each group should cover the travelling expenses of their international flight expenses for the round-trip.
  • Every member of the group has to have Travel Insurance which should include your medical and accidental coverage during the period of the festival.
  • Extra expenses, such as expenses in the hotel for beverages, laundry, room service, long distance calls is not allowed to pay by the organization committee.

Performance Details:

  • The Group should perform 3-4 different folk dances with 10,15, 20 minutes programs each 2 times a day at provided venues.
  • Venues for performances will include open-air stages, theatres, halls, Auditoriums and scenic spots without special stage facilities or lighting equipment.
  • Groups should attend the rehearsals on time.
  • Group should provide2 workshops & road shows in the festival
  • Group should actively participate in the discussion forums
  • The group has to take part in all programs, the festival organizers made its whole period and do not undertake any other performances, during the festival period they have no right to cancel any program without any approval from the Festival Committee.
  • National costume of their state can be stylized

Festival Rights:

  • The festival reserves the right for radio-TV and video-recording, copy-right without paying any honorarium.
  • The Festival organizing committee has the right to change the schedule of the program at any time during the festival.
  • By applying you confirm that you accept all festival conditions. All detailed information will be supply after your confirmation for participations


Wednesday: 16th October  2019
  • 10:00 – 14:00: Arrival of the groups in New Delhi & Hotel Check-In
  • 14:00 – 15:00: Lunch          
  • 16:00 - 18:00: Rehearsals for Opening Ceremony
  • 21:00 – Dinner in Hotel
Thursday: 17th October 2019
  • 08:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 13:00: Rehearsal on Stage/Performance
  • 14:00 - 15:00: Lunch in Hotel
  • 18:00 – 22:00: Official Inauguration & Performance by Groups
  • 22:00: Dinner in Hotel
Friday: 18th October 2019
  • 08:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 13:00: Workshops
  • 14:00 - 15:00: Lunch in Hotel
  • 18:00 – 22:00: Performance by Groups
  • 22:00: Dinner in Hotel
Saturday: 19th October 2019
  • 08:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
  • 10:00 – 13:00: Workshops
  • 14:00 - 15:00: Lunch in Hotel
  • 18:00 – 22:00: Performance by Groups
  • 22:00: Dinner in Hotel
Sunday: 20th October 2019
  • 08:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
  • 10:00 – Delhi Tour
  • 18:00 – 22:00: Performance by Groups, Closing Ceremony, Gifts exchange, Felicitation, Jam Session.
  • 22:00: Dinner in Hotel
Monday: 21st October 2019
  • 08:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
  • 10:00 – Check out from the Hotel, Departure of the Groups (200Euros)
  • Agra Tour- Taj Mahal
  • Mathura Tour
Tuesday: 22nd October 2019
  • 08:00 – 09:00: Breakfast
  • 10:00 – Check out from the Hotel, Departure of the Groups (300 Euros)
 (Changes may be possible to the schedule of the program at any time during the festival)
NOTE: Festival organization take the full responsibility of the group by providing the official invitation. Festival will receive the group on arrival from the Delhi IGI airport and will escort the groups to the Boarding sections of the Delhi IGI Airport on departures from INDIA. If the group wants to extend their stay in India with Tourism then also kindly consult the organizer for the further arrangements.
Any group willing to participate must submit an Application form.
Approved groups pay in advance a 10% guarantee fee, which is to be deducted at the final payment.

Application Form     until 30 August 2019

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