Dec. 2, 2019

The 20th Edition of Hornbill Festival began at Naga Heritage Kisama in Nagaland this evening.


  • Venue: It is held at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima in Nagaland.

  • Duration: It is annually held from 1 - 10 December.

  • Background: The first festival was held in 2000.

  • Organizers: It is organized by the State Tourism and Art & Culture Departments of the Government of Nagaland.

  • Objective: To encourage inter-tribal interaction and to promote cultural heritage of Nagaland.

  • Key highlights of festival:
    • Festival highlights include the traditional Naga Morungs exhibition and the sale of arts and crafts, food stalls, song and dance shows, indigenous games etc.

    • One of the major highlights of this festival is the Hornbill International Rock Festival where local and international rock bands perform.

  • Nomenclature:
    • The festival is named after the bird “Indian hornbill”, which is displayed in the folklore of most of the state's tribes. There are 9 hornbill species in India of which Great Hornbill is the most famous.

    • It is also called the 'Festival of Festivals'.