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With 4 days to go for Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival 2023, Shillong blooms with pink splendour

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Shillong, Nov 13: The highly anticipated Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival 2023 is all set to welcome the visitors to a mesmerising and unforgettable experience on November 17 at the RBDSA Sports Complex in Madan Kurkalang, Bhoirymbong, Ri Bhoi district. The roster for the event is packed with highly acclaimed national and international celebrity artistes.

As if corresponding to the upcoming Cherry Blossom festival, the streets and lanes of Shillong and other parts of Khasi Hills have been draped in pink and white with Cherry trees in their full blossom. National and international tourists are setting their eyes yet again as the state celebrates nature and art together with the biggest names in the music and entertainment industry.

Preparation underway for cherry blossom festival

Tourism Minister Paul Lyngdoh had earlier anticipated a daily footfall of 30,000 visitors, which means the event will have close to one lakh visitors over the course of 3 days. Ninety percent of these visitors are expected to be tourists from outside, both domestic as well as international travellers.

The festival offers a diverse range of activities, from cosplay competitions and beauty pageants to choir contests, graffiti and art installations, karaoke contests, a Ferris wheel, and a thrilling zipline.

The Shillong Cherry Blossom Festival is a celebration of culture, art, and music, and this year’s edition is having an unforgettable medley of pop stars and DJs.

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The artistes performing on the first day of the festival, November 17, are: Sanam, Hybrid Theory, SURL, Kenny Musik, 4th Element, The Band Phantasm, DBRYN, Gwyneth, Dalariti, CYCO, Aminio, Dr Legend, Chevinia.

The artistes set to thrill the crowd on the second day include: American singer NE-YO, Meba Ofilia, Pink Panda, Snow White, Rahul Rajkhowa, Street Stories – Banjop, Empirical Tribe – Tenny, Zethan, Ricaa Stella, Banker Kharkongor.

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The last day of the festival will witness the much-anticipated performance from: former Boyzone vocalist Ronan Keating, Jonas Blue, Lou Majaw, Blue Temptation, Da Minot, Nokpante, Rhem, Favian, Wanjop Sohkhlet, Banrap, Youngg Nate, Meban, Lamphrang, Toshan.

Located along National Highway 40, the route to ease traffic during Cherry Blossom Festival will be along the Guwahati-Shillong Road, Mawiong-ISBT Bypass and Mawdiangdiang Bypass.

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