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The biggest music festival in India returns for the 10th time and will be held on 28.9.23-1.10.23

The festival will be held in the Zero Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, North East India.

Founded in 2012, Zero Festival celebrates love, sustainability, community and cultural diversity. The festival promotes indigenous tribes and artists from Northeast India while showcasing Indian and international independent music scene. The festival will feature artists from all over India and the world and presents an extensive line-up of performances and music.

Apart from the artistic variety in the festival, this is perhaps the first and only festival in India, which is made almost entirely of eco-friendly materials. The festival operates according to a concept of sustainability, which respects and preserves the natural environment. All the infrastructure, including the two stages, are meticulously handcrafted by artisans from the local community and extensive use is made of bamboo wood, which is a local resource.

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The festival manages to maintain a strong connection with nature and develop the communal way of life in the area. The event encourages existing methods, including a zero plastic policy, which is replaced by yesterday’s leaves and bamboo cups, including measures to reduce waste such as compost.

For more questions and exchange of information, join the region’s WhatsApp group (there are tourists coming to the festival in the group): https://chat.whatsapp.com/EBK4dUitFoNDSoRy2C0lho

So where does all this goodness take place?

The festival takes place in front of the picturesque and stunningly beautiful Ziro Valley in the state of Arunachal Pradesh in the north-east of India, the northernmost state of the Seven Sisters.

Zero is a small town located in the lower Subansiri district of North East India. It is one of the oldest cities in the country and is located in a mountainous area, surrounded by pine-covered hills. Ziro is home to the Haftani tribe and is famous for its unique method of growing wet rice. The town is also known for its natural beauty and mild climate, and of course, the annual music festival, which attracts musicians and tourists from all over the world. The area has been proposed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its stunning scenery and rich cultural history.

There are several ways to get to the festival.

Flight: There are several possible airports, one is Guwahati International Airport in the state of Assam (Guwahati), this airport is about 450 km from Zero and has a higher frequency of scheduled flights from major cities across India. The other is the airport Itangar in Hulongi, which is 3 hours drive from Zero.Also there is Lilabari airport also known as North Lakhimpur which is about 3.5 hours drive from Zero.

Train: There is a night train (Donyi Polo Express) from Guwahati to Naharlagun and it is the most preferred way of arrival for festival participants.

From the airports and the train you can reach by car, Zero is 3 hours away from Naharlagun railway station, about 3 hours from Itanagar airport in Holongi and about 3.5 hours from Lilbari airport.

Please note, the roads may be disturbed, rockslides and mudslides are common in the area, depending on the weather and you must stay updated on the traffic reports. Also, tourists coming to Arunachal Pradesh need a Protected Area Permit (PAP) and Indians need an Inner Line Permit (ILP), which you need to arrange before traveling.

For more information on “Special Area Permit”: https://www.mha.gov.in/sites/default/files/2022-08/FAQs-onPAPandRAP%5B1%5D.pdf

There is no doubt that shortly after you arrive at this amazing place, you will be impressed by the ability to preserve the local cultural and social tradition. Through various connections between artists who come to perform, the local artists and the local youth groups, the festival succeeds in promoting diverse and high-quality art and uniting the participants from all fields under one umbrella that reflects the greatest value, which is community.

For tickets, line-up, pass permits and additional information, go to the following link: https://zirofestival.com/

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