Cancellation of 26th Festival of India due to COVID-19

INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE  - Press Release 4-12-2020

In order to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus, federal, state and local government directives, restricting social interaction outside the home have created an unprecedented challenge to our way of life.

We have been following the advice and guidelines from the authorities in real time; and monitoring the situation with some of our key partners. After assessing the projected outlook in the coming months, our board has recommended a change in direction of our current festival plans.

We deeply regret to announce our very difficult decision to cancel the 26th Festival of India, scheduled for July 18-19, 2020 in Belk Theater and on Tryon St. This is an extreme step of cancellation of an annual event, that has been our labor of love for the last 25+ years.

“The safety of our visitors, our performers, our volunteers and all other stakeholders, is of paramount concern to us and that is why we are taking this extreme action,” said IAC President Lal Vishin.

“We understand the pain and disruption that our community is going thru as a result of this pandemic, and hope our action will be a small step in helping control the spread of the virus. We will continue to follow all guidance from the authorities as we move forward and will keep you updated via our website (www.indiafestival.net)."

India Association of Charlotte (IAC) is working with all the festival stakeholders and exploring new dates for our next Festival of India in the Fall of 2021. We thank everyone for their understanding, patience and support, as we navigate together through these uncharted and treacherous waters in the days and months to come.

We invite children to participate in creative expression with help from experienced artists. The end product will be an artifact with an Indian-American theme. Rice flour will be used as a medium to create intricate designs.

Guidelines 

  • Participants to be between ages of 5 - 15 years
  • Each participant to work on only one entry
  • Each activity will be limited to 5-10 minutes.
  • Participants will be provided with basic crafty item and all the necessary art supply. 
  • Participants will be guided thru simple steps to design one’s own personalized piece. And encouraged to let their young & creative imagination run wild!
  • Participants get to take away their artistic creation as a “Souvenir” from the Festival of India.

Schedule

  • Kid's Corner will be located indoors (in Belk Theater)

Registration Process

    • No Online registration required
    • Its First come First create/decorate basis
    • More than 300 crafty items for young minds