Shillong: The sixth edition of Metropolis 2018 came to end in the picturesque hill town of Shillong in Meghalaya on Saturday.
The three-day event, touted as Northeast’s very own ‘urban winter festival’, enthralled audiences with rock and folk music concerts, canvas paintings, art and culture shows and exhibitions, among others.
On the opening day of the festival, a theatrical Khasi folk performance by the band Na Shlem Ki Sur Sawa celebrating the life of local freedom fighter Tirot Singh stole the show. A spellbinding Kathak performance by Arthus kazimierz, an international kathak artist from Poland, also left the audiences mesmerised.
Music performances by 19 bands, 15 local and 4 international, continued to carry the winter urban festivals’ glory from Guwahati to Shillong, as it continued to woo visitors in large numbers.
With the theme of ‘environmental conservation’, Metropolis 2018 also organised ‘Green Ride’, a bicycle ride from Guwahati to Shillong in which cyclists from various regions participated. The ride was aimed to promote fuel conservation and adopting cycling as an eco-friendly and healthy alternative to commuting by vehicles.