Season of festivals begins in city

State school athletics meet, martial arts festival, Army Mela and the IFFK are lined up, before the Xmas-New Year festivities

Published: 07th December 2012 12:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 07th December 2012 12:10 PM   |  A+A-

 A crowded schedule awaits city residents in the days ahead in the run-up to the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

The four-day 56th State School Athletics Meet comes to an end on Friday, but public interest will merely be shifted to 12 theatres which are hosting this year’s edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). The IFFK will be on for a week.

If you are not too keen about cinema, there’s martial arts. On Thursday evening, Sports Minister K B Ganesh Kumar inaugurated the International Martial Arts Festival at  Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium. This festival is touted to be the first of its kind bringing together nearly ten different martial arts on to a single platform.

The four-day festival - which will feature several martial art practitioners from abroad - is on till Sunday. The Asian Karate Tournaments are also planned alongside this event.

Meanwhile, the Army is gearing up to thrill city residents with the ‘Know Your Army Mela 2012’ over the weekend. Defence Minister A K Antony will inaugurate the two-day mela on Saturday at Colachal Stadium at Pangode. Exhibition of weaponry, adventure activities and horse and dog shows are part of this event.

The film festival comes to end on November 14, and by then the festival mood will have descended in earnest over the capital.

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