International Folklore Festival, France, July 4-8, 2017
An 8-member delegation represented India at the 10th International Folklore Festival of Noyon in France, held from July 4 – 8, 2017. It included a three-member Baul team consisting of Subhadra Sharma, Gopen Debnath from Nadia and Girish Mondal from Bardhaman as part of 16 member Folk team sent by banglanatak dot com. Teams from China, Romania, Chile and South France also attended the festival at Noyon, which is a commune 100 km north of Paris. The performances were held at nearby communes, such as Roye, Rethondes, Berlancourt, Ham and Clairoix. Team India performed at the inauguration ceremony on Jul 4 at the Noyon Cathedral. Thereafter they performed at Roye and Rethondes and around 3000 audiences saw the shows. All the performances were highly appreciated by the audience.