This EDM festival returns after an absence of three years and the authorities believe it will boost tourism
PANJIM: State government has given its nod to ‘Sunburn Klassique’ Electronic Dance Music (EDM) festival, scheduled to be held at Vagator later this month. The State Level Permission Committee (SLPC) that held its first meeting recommended granting NOC to the festival and Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar has asserted that government is going ahead with the festival.
“The committee decides nitty-gritty of the festival like the venue, fees, etc. As per my opinion, we should take advantage of this opportunity to boost tourism. The government is going ahead with the festival,” the Minister said speaking to Herald minutes after the SLPC meeting chaired by Principal Secretary Daulat Hawaldar concluded at Secretariat on Monday. The Minister was however not a part of the meeting.
While the venue and date is yet to be officially announced, sources said the festival will be held at Vagator - the former venue of Sunburn - on February 23-24. “I am yet to get the file from the SLPC,” he said when questioned on whether the fees, venue and dates are finalized.
The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), a member of the committee, has suggested that government reconsiders its decision on taxes. “The high license fees and huge police charges were driving away people. Each ticket has 28 percent GST and police security fees are also over a crore. We have requested the government to consider lowering the prices,” TTAG President Savio Messias said. The association has also proposed the government to host a series of entertainment and cultural shows every month in order to ensure continuous footfalls of tourists.
The recently held legislative assembly session saw the ruling Legislators unanimous on government’s attempt to revive the EDM in Goa.
Sunburn EDM had been discontinued since last three years as inputs costs during that period of the year was higher than usual. Other festival organizers had also turned their back to Goa considering that fees including police bandobast charges were exorbitant. Sunburn has nevertheless made a comeback this year donning a new look titled ‘Sunburn Klassique,’ through a Goan Shailesh Shetty. The festival expects a crowd of 10,000 including the tourists during the two days.