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City to host month-long shopping fete in August

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 28. Kerala Tourism will organise a month-long shopping festival, on the lines of the famous Dubai Shopping Festival, in the capital city in August. A trade fair, cultural programmes and an air show by the Indian Air Force would be some of the highlights of the shopping festival that will begin on August 1. The festival will be a part of the officially-sponsored Onam Week celebrations in the capital.

The Putharikkandam Maidan in East Fort would be the hub of the festivities. It would be be organised solely with private participation, tourism sources told The Hindu . The city Corporation has agreed in principle to provide the maidan free of cost for the mega event. The organisers would have to make arrangements for infrastructure facilities.

As many as 500 stalls would be put up on the Putharikandam Maidan for the trade fair. In addition to the stalls of the Industries Department, Rural Development Department and other Government departments, stalls would be put up by other States. An amusement park would also be put up at Putharikandam Maidan. The organisers have decided to give gifts to children visiting the fair.

The IAF is learnt to have agreed to hold the air show on August 27, 28 and 29. Since the three days would be holidays owing to Onam, the organisers expect a heavy turnout for the air show.

Nishagandhi and Suryakanthi auditorium on the Kanakakunnu palace premises and Gandhi Park in East Fort would be the main venues for the cultural programmes.

A Bangalore-based event management group, which had successfully organised the Malabar Fest, which was organised by Kerala Tourism in Kozhikode, has already approached the authorities for seeking their nod to organise the festival, the sources said.

To provide a festive atmosphere, all the shops and buildings along the arterial M.G. Road would be illuminated during the period.

The domestic and international airport terminals would be illuminated and the proposal is to provide mementoes to those who arrive at the airports.

The central railway station and other major railway stations in the capital would also be lit up for the festival.

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