Update on the 26th Festival of India-2021

INDIA ASSOCIATION of CHARLOTTE  -  Press Release 2-12-2021

Covid has drastically impacted our very way of life. And after the trauma of having to cancel our annual Festival of India 2020, we have started planning for our festival this year. In our frequent interaction with our key partners like BPAC, CRVA etc., about their view of customer sentiment, we all share a sense that visitor confidence continues to improve as vaccine penetration grows within our community. But no credible data to help predict how folks even after having received the Covid vaccines, would psychologically feel about attending crowded events in the Fall time frame. Our challenge is to predict visitor sentiment about events in closed indoor settings, as against experiences in a totally open outdoors setting.

We continue to work with Belk Theater as well as other open venues like County Parks, but they are also struggling with making firm commitments right now, for the September/October time frame.

Our intent is to drive a festival this year, even though the venue, duration and timing may need to be different from what we have done in the past.

Our priority in doing the event is to focus on the health and safety of our visitors, our performers, our volunteers and all other stakeholders.

We hope to make a decision as soon as our venue partners respond with some firm commitments, and will update this posting as things develop. This is a plea to please check back here frequently for the latest status on Festival of India 2021

Charlotte Welcoming Week

Event - Virtual Festival of India 

We are honored to be part of the Welcoming Week celebrations in Charlotte. Here is a presentation curated to highlight key facets of our annual Festival of India, that we had to cancel this year for the first time in 25 years, because of pandemic related challenges.

The exhibit touches on some key community service initiatives by our festival team, like -  a) The Bus Stand Project b) Anuvia Collage Project c) Covid Mask Initiative d) Big Fat Indian Wedding.

And it also offers you a broad view of the activities within the festival itself, by displaying vignettes of various types of content like - a) Cultural Exhibits b) Indian Dance Performances b) Visual Arts c) Food/Souvenirs d) Turban/Saree & Henna Tattoos and more.

The exhibit content is in eight segments and here is a link to those. Please play each segment in the order listed  and enjoy!

Virtual Festival Of India


Emcee Registration - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the steps to register as an Emcee?

  • You will need to have an account with the Festival of India website, before you can register to participate as an Emcee. 
  • Read and agree to all the guidelines listed below.
  • Provide all requested information on the online Registration Form. Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
  • Details about your completed emcee registration will be eMailed to you.

How can I create an account on the Festival of India website?

For the first time, when you register, you will be asked to create a new account. You will be required to validate the email address you provide during the creation of the account. This validation will happen by our system sending a validation message to your email address and you will then need to acknowledge the validation link, before your account creation process is complete. 

What if I forget my password after creating an account?

You can create a new password by going under “Login” page and clicking on “Forgot my password” link, the link will then guide you to reset your password.

What kind of information is needed for the online Registration form?

Please click here to view the Emcee Registration form, that will need to be completed during the registration process. 

What happens after I complete the Registration process?

It gets sent to the festival performance committee, for review, completeness and approval.  You will get a confirmation email shortly after your emcee registration is submitted.

What if I want to edit details about my registration?

You will be able to edit your registration after submission. Please note that you will be able to make changes until the registration deadline.

Can I register to be an Emcee even if I am performing in one of the dances?

Yes, you can be an Emcee even if you are also a participant in one of the dances.

Do I need an audition for being an Emcee for the festival? 

Yes. A YouTube link needs to be sent with the emcee delivering the script provided by the committee on the Emcee Registration form. Committee will reach out to you if “in person” audition is needed.

How do I know that I have been selected as an emcee?

You will get a confirmation email closer to the festival dates and after the audition deadline date along with comments/recommendations as applicable.

What if I have questions that are not addressed above?

Please contact the performance committee at foiperformance@gmail.com

To participate in the Festival of India (FOI), you are required to make sure that you follow these guidelines.

  • Festival Dates are Saturday (07/18/2020) and Sunday (07/19/2020)
  • Emcees need to be available on both days of the Festival.
  • Emcee Minimum age of participants (on or before June 30, 2020):
    • Belk Theater Stage: 18 yrs or older
    • Outside on the street Stage: 15 yrs or older
    • NO EXCEPTIONS will be permitted and the Committee can request a Birth Certificate to resolve any issues. If found in violation of this rule, participation in future FOI will be restricted.
  • Audition:
    • All Emcees who have registered on the website will be expected to submit your YouTube audition tape, reading the script provided here. If in person audition is needed, performance committee will reach out to you
    • A script has been provided for solo and/or partner audition above and on the Emcee registration form.
    • Final selection will be based on live auditions as needed and an assessment & decision by the FOI Performance Committee. FOI has full discretion on approval of finalists.
    • Emcee YouTube Audition deadline 11:59 PM, May 25th, 2020
  • Registration:
    • All registrations start on 6:00 PM Feb 15th, 2020
    • All registrations end on 11:59 PM on April 15th, 2020
  • All day parking options are available near the festival site, at a number of parking decks, at discounted venue parking fees.

YES. I have read all 2020 emcee registration guidelines and wish to proceed with Registration