Sargaalaya Arts and Crafts Village Iringal, an initiative of Dept. of Tourism, Government of Kerala is organizing the grand 6th edition of Arts and Crafts Fair from 18 December 2016 to 5 January 2017, with the support of NABARD. With its prime edition in 2011, the crafts expo is now rated high as the best handicrafts expo in South India. The festival comprises of, the expo of crafts by 400 artisans, craft making demonstration by 100 artisans as well as traditional art forms of India performed by talented artists. Apart from the various selected artisans of India, including, National and State award winners, group of artisans from Thailand and Afghanistan will also be a part of the annual handicrafts festival this time. Eminent organizations in the Handicrafts sector like NABARD, Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Central Silk Board, Andhra Pradesh Handicrafts Development Corporation, Handicrafts Development Corporation of Kerala Ltd., Kerala State Apex Handicrafts Cooperative Society are all putting up stalls in the festival this time. Artisan Honoring Events, Crafts and Tourism Book Fair, Kerala Food Festival, Pedal and Motor Boating, various Amusement rides are some of the attractions of the festival this time.
SIACF is a platform for nearly, 60 National / State award winning artists. With the participation of 400 artisans from 23 states of India, huge sale of goods are expected.The festival attracted around 2 lakh visitors including international travellers last year and this year a total above 3 lakh visitors are expected. SIACF will be inaugurated by Hon'ble Chief Minister of Kerala Shri.Pinarayi Vijayan. Hon'ble Minister for Cooperation, Tourism and Devaswoms, Shri.Kadakampally Surendran will preside over the function. Hon'ble Minister for Labour & Excise, Shri. T.P. Ramakrishnan will deliver the Keynote Address. Shri. K. Dasan, MLA will welcome the gathering.
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