Taking the mithun as a metaphor for the cultural heritage of the state, the 2-day
festival embarks on a very ambitious journey to try and re-kindle in the hearts and
minds of Arunachalees a love and respect for this gentle creature not just as livestock
with commercial value, but more importantly as a cultural icon.
The various events and competitions that are lined up for the festival all revolve
around this core idea of re-discovering our heritage through re-discovering the mithun.
All the contests and activities encourage the participants, who would mostly be young
people, to engage with the mithun at a broader emotional and artistic level. Turbulence,
the rock music contest open to all bands will have a special weightage for bands
singing in the native languages- the winners walking away with 15000 in prize money,
‘Keyboardist and Manager Subir Malik, talking
to this daily said “We are really excited to be playing Arunachal finally. I don’t
know what kept us from coming in 19 years but we are really looking forward to the
along with other individual cash prizes; Confluentia is a dance contest where fusion
between contemporary dance and traditional folk forms will be exhibited, with a 10,000
rupees prize money. The inter-school competitions with a best team running trophy
at stake will have a painting competition on the mithun called Chiarascuro, while
Horns is a T-shirt graphic design contest on mithun conservation. The other event
in this school segment will be The Hunt, a treasure challenge trail where children
will complete different mithun-related challenges on way to the finish line.
For University and college students, there is a debate contest on the inaugural day,
which provocatively questions – “Sacrifice of Mithuns- A Cultural Burden?” Besides
individual prizes, there is also a running trophy for the winning team.
To keep the general public too engaged in the spirit of the festival, two contests
have been kept for open participants. The first is the T-shirt graphic design on
the mithun as a cultural icon and the other is the Open Forum as part of the debate
where speakers will be given 3 minutes to air their views and vie for a best speaker
trophy. For all these events, registration and other details are being made available
at the MSN and CCRD offices.
The other highlight of the festival will be a presentation on emerging trends in
mithun rearing by resource person, Dr. Taba Heli, perhaps the state’s best-known
mithun expert. This and the screening of CCRD’s film on the mithun will form part
of the inaugural event.
But perhaps the event that all will await most is the performance by international
rock band PARIKRAMA who will perform for the first time ever in Arunachal in the
band’s 19-year history. The entry-free event will also be the backdrop to the launch
of CCRD’s new logo- set against an apparel show themed on transition. Parikrama’s
performance will serve as the perfect end to a festival where music, dialogue and
Keyboardist and Manager Subir Malik, talking to this daily said “We are really excited
to be playing Arunachal finally. I don’t know what kept us from coming in 19 years
but we are really looking forward to the show”.
Help assured to Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy
ITANAGAR, May 10: Secretary, Sports D.S. Pandit today assured all help to state’s
lone sports academy the Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) for its steady growth.
Attending a prog to mark the 9th death anniversary of Sangey Lhaden, former sports
and youth affairs secretary at SLSA today, Pandit lauded the recent performance of
the students of the institute in various sports events nationwide. Pandit asked the
students to maintain the same tempo and spirit in future too.
Sports and youth affairs director PR Mazumdar encouraged the students to practice
hard to become a good sportsperson. SLSA being an institute of combination of sports
and academic study, the students of this institute must devote more time and efforts
to achieve success in their chosen fields.
Principal of the institute Pubi Lombi highlighted the performance of the institute
in various sports events between the years 2008 to 2010.
According a performance report made available to the Press, the students of the institute
won 11 medals, including two gold, in the recently held NE Games at Shillong. In
2008 edition of the game, only Kumbung Wangsa could manage a bronze medal.
Its student Likha Lej won a gold and silver medal each in 22nd and 23rd AIKF Jr.
National Karate-do- Championships held at Kolkata and Tamil Nadu in 2008 and 2009
respectively while Juna Dada won a bronze in Kolkata edition of the championships.
The students of the institute won five gold, four silver and seven bronze medals
in the 15th State Level Karate Championship held at Nirjuli in 2009 and finished
In 2nd Shito-Ryu-Karate Championships 2010 held at Lohit too, the institute performed
very well and won four gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
The budding archers of SLSA are also doing well which can be understood from the
medals they have won in various competitions. They won three gold, a silver and as
many bronze medals in National Tribal Archery Competition held at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand
in 2009-10. While Lide Loyi won two gold Ganung Tekseng bagged a gold and silver
medal apiece. Maselo Mihu bagged a bronze.
They won 12 medals including six gold, three silver and as many bronze in the 4th
State Tribal Archery competition held in 2009. Tarak Luky won a silver medal in 24th
Sub-Jr National Boxing Championship 2008-09.
It is worth mentioning here that five students from SLSA have been selected for admission
in Army Sports Academy, Pune recently.
Rongali Bihu Sammelan in Mahadevpur
ITANAGAR, May 10: Rangali Bihu Sammelan was organized at Mahadevpur with a three
days long programme from May 6-8.
Addressing the Sammelan PWD & UD Minister Nabam Tuki recalled days of his youth and
said that his association with Bihu was very old. Terming Assam as “Big brother”
he said Bihu is known in all the states of north east and it was like any other agricultural
related festival in the region.
Mahadevpur area is an abode of many ethnic groups and celebration of such celebrations
will surely weave all these groups in unity, he added.
Regarding demand of PRC by the people of the area, he said that the matter was pending
with government and assured to press for the demand with the government. He also
donated Rs 1.00 lac for the sammelan.
Speaking on the occasion PHED & WS minister Chowna Mein assured that he would further
work for the development of the area in all respect.
Namsai MLA Nang Sati Mein, Namsai ADC R.K. Sharma, Head of departments of Namsai
Sub-division, were among those present in the sammelan.
Agri officers inspect Pinte-Pacho watershed project
ITANAGAR, May 10: A team of agriculture officers has visited the Pinte-Pacho NWDPRA
watershed project in Mengio circle on May 7. They also took part in the one-day training
programme on Sustainable management of watershed project on May 8.
The agriculture officers including Yupia DAO T Bui and ADO (Hq) M Peil and T D Neckham
(STA) from the directorate of Agriculture visited the Kishan Nursery Barani Chitna
Kendra and inspected other activities being provided to the SHG/UG of the project
area. They also expressed satisfaction at the project work under the project leader
DAO Tare Kahi. Neckham explained about the watershed project and role of SHGs.
PWC team urged to work hard
ITANAGAR, May 10: The senior citizens of the Pachin Colony, Naharlagun today called
upon the newly elected executive members of the Pachin Welfare Committee (PWC) to
work hard for the rapid progress of the colony.
Senior citizens Tame Hamak, Tadar Kama, Er Rido Alo also expressed satisfaction
over the contributions made by present Itanagar MLA towards construction of the
Community Hall in the colony.
Meanwhile, the executive body of the PWC took charge and pledged to work for the
colony devepopment. Er Tadar Mangku, and advocate Rajen Bini were appointed chief
patron and legal adviser of the committee.
Induction training for Upper Siang teachers
PASIGHAT, May 10: The induction training Programme for newly recruited teachers under
SSA/Normal for Upper Siang District training programme started today at DIET,
The Programme was inaugurated by A Lego, Principal, Daying Ering Memorial Govt Higher
Secondary School, Pasighat and chaired by Dr Buk Lego, Principal, DIET, Pasighat.
In his inaugural speech, the Chief Guest opined that teachers training play vital
role in enhancing knowledge and skills and help them acquaint with recent trends
in the sphere of education. He urged the trainee teachers to prepare themselves properly
and thoroughly so that students whom they undertake to teach will be optimally benefited.
He categorically emphasized and urged the teacher trainees to work with missionary
zeal and enthusiasm.
Calling upon the faculty members, the Chief Guest stressed upon quality teacher training
as quality education depends on quality teaching.
Principal, DIET, Pasighat Dr Buk Lego, said that training helps in enrichment of
knowledge and skills and attainment of desirable change in attitude. In his speech
he also urged the teacher trainees to extract maximum benefit from the training and
put them into action at their respective schools to bring about quality improvement
in classroom teaching-learning.
ITANAGAR, May 10: Papum Pare District Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) deeply mourned
the death of Takio Yari who died at her native village Kullung under Mengio circle
on May 9 last.
Late Yari was the mother of Mengio block NCP unit president Takio Duri. She was 60
and leaves behind 2 sons and one daughter.
The district NCP members prayed to Almighty for eternal peace of departed soul and
bestow enough strength to family members to bear the irreparable loss.
Death of DDF mourned
ITANAGAR, May 10: The officers and the staff members of the directorate of Fisheries
today deeply mourned the sudden demise of Late Sorum Pul, deputy director of fisheries,
who breathed his last on May 7 last.
In a condolence meeting, the members observed two minute silence as a mark of respect
to the departed soul and also conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family.
Documentary on Longte-Haate
ITANAGAR, May 10: Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling has consented
to release the documentary film on Longte-Haate at a function at Hotel Donyi Polo
Ashoka here on May 15.
AMSU appeals to vacate land
ITANAGAR, May 10: All Mengio Student’s Union (AMSU) claims that some people have
encroached land of lone government secondary school, Sakiang. Union appealed to the
encroachers to immediately vacate the land for betterment of area. Further AMSU requested
concern authorities to look into the matter and also sought help of the senior citizens
of Mengio circle in this regard.
School Buildings at Parong inaugurated
PASIGHAT: Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Deputy Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh
Legislative Assembly Tapang Taloh inaugurated SSA and Govt. Middle School Buildings
respectively at Parong on May 9 last.
Addressing the people, Siram while speaking about Right to Education sought cooperation
from the Panchayat members and the teachers for successful implementation of the
Taloh lauded the Education Minister for sanctioning of fund for construction of the
DSE Tapang Taloh, DDSE Marken Kadu were among others who attended the inauguration
K/Kumey ATA demands posting of teachers
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA), Kurung Kumey district unit has appealed
the education department, especially education minister to post more regular ATs
and STs in various schools of Kurung Kumey district.
Shortage of teachers in the district has severely affected the learning process of
the students, the ATA unit said and also urged the department concerned not to transfer
the teachers from the district on political ground as the district has been facing
shortage of teachers.
ITANAGAR, May 10: Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) congratulated Annu Darin for cracking UPSC
Civil Service Mains Examination 2009.
ITANAGAR, May 10: Loku Sono has been appointed as East Kameng district BJYM president
for smooth functioning of the party.
ITANAGAR, May 10: All Tagin Students Union would launch a peaceful Dharna at the
DC office Daporijo demanding action against ASP R Narayan for alleged highhandedness
on May 3 at the town.
Tagore didn’t invent Indian railways
Tagore is a genius, but somewhat over-rated because of a strong Bengali lobby rallying
behind him. The manner in which Mamata Bannerji, the present union railway minister
splashed advertisements of Tagore in national dailies highlights her jingoistic tendencies.
Tagore didn't invent Indian railways. What made the railway minister splurge on ads
is known to all and sundry. Since the appointment of Mamata Bannerji as the railway
minister, national interests have been relegated at the cost of her constituency
Tagore was the blue-eyed boy of the British. Till the Jallianwala Bagh massacre,
he was a staunch admirer of the British. He also composed the song 'Jana Gana Mana'
to welcome King George V in the monarch's visit to India. His British friends rallied
behind him to be selected for the Nobel prize from their largest colony India to
appease the rising middle-class. On the other hand, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, another
Bengali poet no less than Tagore was hounded by the Britishers for his anti-British
stand all his life.
Bengalis call him a poet of the world. This is far from true. He never stood for
any region other than Bengal. Here is an example. When Gopinath Bordoloi, the first
chief-minister of Assam was searching for help to save Assam (which included Meghalaya,
Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram) from being inducted into East Pakistan (now
Bangladesh), Rabindranath Tagore turned a deaf ear. Neither Jawaharlal Nehru nor
any national leader helped him. It was only Mahatma Gandhi who supported Bordoloi
and North-East in the hour of crisis.
Achievements about science and technology are different. The impact is very stark
in inventions and discoveries. But literature and art is relative. The greateness
of a writer or artist cannot be measured by an international prize awarded by developed
western economies. Gandhi never got a nobel prize for peace, but isn't he the most
befitting for the prize? Maybe this is a part of divine justice as Alfred Nobel was
the inventor of dynamite which later helped in making improvised bombs. Maybe Gandhi
is happy that the selectors overlooked him for the prize, nor did he have any British
friend to rally behind him for the prize.
Saif Ali Khan may be awarded the 'Padmashri' because of the cordial relations shared
by his mother Sharmila Tagore with the Gandhi family and the high and mighty in Delhi.
But that does not belittle great artists like Amrish Puri, Pradeep, Om Prakash,
A.K. Hangal etc. who passed away unsung and unawarded.
Behera Sahi Road
Bhubaneshwar, Orissa (on email)
Where does that leave us?
This is in response to a letter by one Ngai Rida on use of mobile phones and books
inside the examination hall.
It is really saddening and shameful to read that candidates had access to mobile
phones and books during exams for recruitment for Junior Engineer (Civil) Hydro Power
Such practices are not only bad examples but are discouraging as well.
Concerned authorities need to take the full responsibility for such unbecoming acts
of the students.
What kinds of message is being sent out to those young students who are going to
write their various state level engineering entrance exams in couple of days.
Does Professionalism mean anything to these officers? Has it become a just a matter
of attaining degree certificate or is it money power game?
I would ask the concerned authorities who conduct such misleading exam to come out
from their isolation and take some examples from other state on how to conduct various
Government recruitment exams.
I have witnessed in my own college and various other campuses authorities work very
hard to recruit deserving candidates so that departments and state shine.
Despite all, I would still ask the concerned authorities to conduct exams with full
I also urge responsible Students and Unions and Higher Officials to take up the issue
and have a good discussion regarding the standard of all competitive exams in the
state for the sake of Arunachal.
Chennai, (On email)
Do something for us too
This is reference to the list of the rejected candidates notified by the Arunachal
Pradesh Public Service Commission on 7th May, 2010 for the Arunachal Pradesh Public
Service Commission’s Mains Examination 2010.
I request the Public Service Commission to kindly have a second thought for the sake
rejected candidates. They have been studying to fulfill their long cherished dream;
many of them are away from their home, staying at Naharlagun or Itanagar for the
last three-four months.
The resources, energy and hard work invested and the coaching classes attended seems
to have all gone waste after the notification of the Commission. They are in the
state of unbearable agony.
The Public Service Commission since very beginning have been supportive and cooperative
to the candidates. At every stage Commission has shown the best decision for the
sake of the student.
This time the rejected candidates need the kind consideration of the commission.
Minister manages to upset PM, UPA, BJP and Congress
Angry AAPSU reacts to Jairam Ramesh’s “anti Arunachal statement”
ITANAGAR, May 10: All Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union (AAPSU) has lodged strong
protest against minister of state for environment and forest, Jairam Ramesh, after
he said that India may need Chinese experts for hydropower projects in Arunachal
Calling such statement as anti-Indian and anti-Arunachalee, AAPSU activists burnt
the effigy of Ramesh at Bank Tinali, Itanagar, to register their protest.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung sought the resignation of Jairam Ramesh for his anti-national
comment. “Jairam Ramesh’s statement is a setback to the people of Arunachal. We have
been fighting tooth and nail against Chinese claim over Arunachal. Inviting Chinese
experts to work here is like implanting a self destructive bomb,” said Tatung. He
also questioned why centre can’t invite companies from other countries beside China
to carry out hydro-projects in Arunachal.
Further he informed that two Chinese engineers who were employed in a private oil
company at Kharsang later turned out to be Chinese informer and has since absconded.
But the government is doing nothing about it. AAPSU president also requested all
the Himalayan state bordering China to support Arunachal, which want centre to clear
its stand over Chinese claim.
Tatung clarify that AAPSU is not against the ongoing hydro-power projects, but we
will oppose any move to bring in Chinese companies to operate in Arunachal. Further
he warned that AAPSU will initiate a full fledge agitation if the Centre doesn’t
clarify its stand on Chinese claim over Arunachal. It’s not only the AAPSU which
is upset with Ramesh. UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister are also reported
to be unhappy with the Minister after he described Home Ministry's policies on China
as alarmist and paranoid.
The Home Minister has written to the PM to express his displeasure, the Congress
is embarrassed, the BJP wants Ramesh to resign.
Swinging into action to rein in his Cabinet colleague Jairam Ramesh, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh today pulled up the Environment Minister for his statements.
On a visit to China this weekend, Jairam Ramesh embarrassed his own government by
using words like "alarmist" and "paranoid" to describe the Home Ministry's policies
towards Chinese companies looking to enter India.
Ramesh said in Beijing that the "overly defensive and alarmist" approach in the security
establishments in India which are raising telephone tapping concerns would not help
in sustaining the Copenhagen spirit. He also said that India should be much more
relaxed in its approach to Chinese investments into the country and get rid of "needless"
restrictions, adding "we are imagining demons where there are none."
The Prime Minister reportedly told Ramesh that there is no confusion in the government
over its approach towards China with which it wants to have constructive engagement.
Planning Commission approves Rs. 2,500 crores for Arunachal for 2010-11
ITANAGAR, May 10: The Planning Commission on Monday approved the Annual Plan Outlay
of Arunachal Pradesh for 2010-11 at Rs. 2,500 crores which was projected by the State
This was finalized at the meeting held between Deputy Chairman Planning Commission
Montek Singh Ahluwalia and the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu
at the Planning Commission today.
Arunachal Pradesh has one of the highest Debt-GDP ratio in the country and this outlay
will help repay the loan liability of almost Rs. 400 crores of the State Govt. In
addition, Rs. 300.00 crores was taken as Advance SPA loan by the State Govt. last
year to meet the arrear liabilities of the 6th Pay commission recommendations. The
Increased outlay will also help mitigate the Rs. 700 crores liability on the State
Govt. on account of salary increase due to 6th Pay commission recommendations, said
a government release.
Increase in Plan Size is almost 25% over and above the last year’s Plan Size of Rs.
2016 crores. Amongst other components of Central Grants, Special Plan Assistance
(SPA) of Rs. 1,100 crores has been approved for the State. This will go a considerable
way in bridging the gaps in infrastructure in the State Govt. The State Govt. has
identified connectivity including roads, infrastructure, education, tourism, hydropower
and transmission lines, e-governance, monitoring and capacity building as thrust
areas for 2010-11.
Ahluwalia expressed his satisfaction at the performance of the State in all sectors
during the last year and emphasised on the importance of creation of infrastructure
as a pre-condition for development. He praised the Chief Minister for the several
revolutionary steps taken by his government for improving service delivery in the
State. The Chief Minister thanked the Planning Commission in particular and the Govt.
of India in general for their tremendous support to the State Govt. He said that
the sincere efforts of the State Govt in timely execution of works maintaining high
standards of quality has been rewarded by the Planning Commission. The meeting was
also attended by Union Minister of State for Planning V. Narayanswamy and other members
of the Planning Commission.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by Minister (Power), Minister (PWD), Minister
(Finance) and Principal Advisor to CM. A team of officers comprising Principal secretary
to CM, Principal Secretary (Coordination) Development Commissioner, Secretary Planning
and Special Secretary Finance under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary also comprised
Manipulation in beneficiary list alleged
PASIGHAT, May 10: In a serious allegation, the beneficiaries of Rural Housing Scheme
under SPA of Mangnang village, East Siang District, claimed that the approved list
of the beneficiaries of the said scheme for the village has been manipulated.
The beneficiaries were selected during the tenure of Omak Apang as MLA and work order
for construction of houses were issued to them in July 2009, and accordingly earth
digging were done under the guidance of a junior engineer. However, the construction
works had to be halted due to Assembly election, said one of the beneficiaries.
Later, when we approached the BDO, Ruksin to resume work, we came to know from reliable
sources that our names have been deleted or ommitted from the beneficiary list and
a new list of beneficiaries has been prepared by authorities concerned without taking
any consent from the village development committee, he added.
Later it was confirmed through RTI.
When we apprised the Deputy Commissioner of the matter, he advised us to settle the
issue amicably. A meeting was also held today at Ruksin SDO office on DC’s advise,
but the case remained unresolved.
"We will file a case in this regard in the high court tomorrow for justification,
another deprived beneficiary said. Meanwhile, the BDO told ATNS over telephone this
evening that the allegation is totally false and fabricated. "I am not the competent
authority to change the beneficiary list. Moreover, the list were prepared as per
the list approved by Panchayat leaders," he added.
No show at W /Kameng PR bye elections
BOMDILA, May 10: The Panchayat Bye-elections in the district have taken a surprising
turn with the 9 GP segments under 5- Singchung Anchal Block and segment 10 of 43-Dinik
Chamchi Thingbow under 4-Rupa Anchal Block without any contestants or nominations.
The Panchayat Bye-elections in the district were for 27 posts of GPMs, 1 for ASM
and another 1 for ZPM. The nominations for the Anchal seat under 3- Kalaktang and
17 GP segments under 4-Rupa, 7-Bhalukpong and 9-Jerigaon have gone in favour of the
But it is a straight fight for the 2-Thembang ZP constituency between Tamrin Bapu
of INC and Jam Tsering of PPA. The bye-election for the ZPC is the result of the
vacancy created by the ZPM incumbent being elected to the Legislative Assembly in
October 2009 last. Adequate security measures are being taken for this bye-election
to be held in the 11 polling stations in the ZP constituency keeping in view the
sensitivity of the area. (DIPRO)
Society says no to dam
ITANAGAR, May 10: All Tei-Temir Welfare Society (ATTWS) has vehemently opposed any
move for construction of hydro power project in the left bank of Pein River under
Kamporijo circle in Lower Subansiri district.
Construction of mega dam specifically right from Repari village to Pein and Kamala
rivers meeting point at Raab, Sinyik area would affect the livelihood of more than
3000 permanent inhabitants of various villages who are farmers by occupation and
completely dependent on their ancestral land, the society said. The Society claimed
that 1600 MW Subansiri Middle Power Project over Kamala river would submerge 50 per
cent ancestral land of the population of the said area. They villagers have no alternative
land for their resettlement, the Society added.
The construction of dam in the Repari village to river meeting point would spell
doom for the villagers of left bank of Pein River causing untold suffering to them,
the Society said and appealed the authorities to pay heed on their objection.
Chatung to launch website to promote film industry in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, May 10: News and Views famed and senior film maker Taro Chatung is launching
a website named www.arunachalfilms.com here tomorrow to promote film industry in
Its main objective is to bring together persons who are directly or indirectly involved
in film making, video and audio albums in order to generate more interest in this
profession which, in turn, will help growth of film industry in the state, Chatung
said in a release.
The launching ceremony will be attended by Home Minister Tako Dabi as chief guest
and Everester Tapi Mra as guest of honor at Hotel Ashoka Donyi Polo at 3.00 pm on
The growth of film industry in Arunachal is still in nascent stage. However, many
local film producers, video and audio producers have come up in the recent times,
which is helping many talented and interested youths to be self-employed. Arunachal
has so far produced renowned documentary film maker like Moji Riba, film director
D. K. Thungon and actor Hage Appa.
The recently released Monpa film 'Leh' was highly praised by the audience. It is
learnt that Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu had extended a good encouragement to the
film production team, which is praiseworthy. The film ‘Sonam’ was also able to make
big splash in film world, he said.
Meri Maa Meri Dharam had made the breakthrough in film making in Arunachal Pradesh
in 1975 where Nabum Tata played the lead role, he informed. Meanwhile, Chatung requested
the Chief Minister to extend his help and support to create a Film Financial and
Development Corporation in the State which would go a long way in the growth of film
industry in the State and thereby creating employment opportunities.
The Mithun shall not die - the Bos Frontalis Festival 2010
Parikrama to play for the first time ever in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, May 10: It’s a good time of the year to be a mithun! With a clarion call
being given to conserve and protect this animal so closely identified with our state,
there is a frenzy of activity and events that are vying for elbowroom. The Bos Frontalis
Festival 2010 to be held on 30 and 31 May at the Indira Gandhi Park here looks set
to emerge as one of the flagships in this endeavour.
Do we, in real life, think as much and worry as much about the mithun at all- about
its conservation, its significance to our lives and identity or of its cultural value?
Not perceivably, or at least not by the young people by and large. This is the central
idea that drove the organisers, the Mascot Network Society (MNS) and the Centre for
Cultural Research & Documentation (CCRD) to put their resources together to come
up with this multi-event festival.