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Sunburn 2022 extended by a day ‘to provide stage to Goan artistes’
4 August, 2022

Panaji: The electronic dance music festival Sunburn, scheduled for December 28-30, has now been extended by a day with the specific aim to showcase Goan culture and artistes. However, it hasn’t yet been decided if the ‘Goa day’ will be before or after the three days of EDM.

Tourism minister Rohan Khaunte told TOI that the proposal is before the department, and a decision on this would be taken after consulting the CM.

Two months ago, Khaunte made it clear that the government wants Goan culture and Goan artisties to be given space at big-ticket events in the state.

Even as Khaunte made the demand that Sunburn 2022 should be a bit different, its organisers maintain that Goa has always been at the festival’s centrestage.

“Over the past 15 years, Sunburn has always integrated the spirit of Goa into the flagship festival,” said Harindra Singh, chairman and managing director of Percept, which runs the festival.

“Across all areas of content, communication and the on-ground event, Sunburn has integrated and presented the unique essence and elements of the state spanning decor, design, food, beverage, and more. Even the festival name incorporates the name of the state to say ‘Sunburn Goa’ across all mediums of communication since its inception in 2007,” said Singh.

He also said that Percept is currently in dialogue with Goa tourism and will jointly identify the best means by which they can curate a distinct zone dedicated to showcase the dynamic quintessence of Goa — food, beverage, music, talent, dance, art, history, culture and much more.

“We will be working closely with Goa tourism to finalise the same,” said Singh. The local artistes who will perform at the venue will be decided by the tourism department, he said.