SSACS announces Red Fest Music Competition 2018

Gangtok, 22 Sept:

Sikkim State AIDS Control Society [SSACS] has once again announced its very popular event, Red Fest Music Competition as part of the Multi Media Campaign 2018-19. SSACS is organising the event in collaboration with Recovery Users Network [RUN] mainly to create awareness on HIV/AIDS and substance abuse through music.

Addressing a press conference here today, SSACS Project Director, Dr UttamPradhan mentioned that this time the competition will be held in acoustic, blues, soft rock, country, rap and pop genres. He stated that bands and groups from different parts of Sikkim have been invited for the event. The last edition of the Red Fest music competition was held in 2015.

The audition for groups from South and West Districts is scheduled to be held in Namchi on 11 Oct and audition for North and East District will be held on 12 Oct at Gangtok. The semi-final round of the competition is likely to be held on 27 Oct and grand finale on 04 Nov. The registration forms are available at all Integrated Counseling& Testing Centres [ICTC] in the State and on the website of SSACS. The registration will be closed on 06 Oct.

The auditions will have four-member jury comprising of NehaPradhan, SonamLachungpa, Nicki Rai and Sachin Gurung. The competition carries cash prizes of Rs 70,000 to the winner, Rs 50,000 to first runner-up and Rs 30,000 to second runner-up.

Dr Pradhan mentioned that Rs 500 isthe registration fee which will go to Kiran, a self-help group of people living with HIV/AIDS. He stated that the participating bands can sing any song in the audition but the selected group has to present two songs including a self-composition on the theme of HIV/AIDS and substance abuse and any cover song in the semi-final.

“This is our endeavour to reach out to the masses with a clear message and to motivate them to go for testing and treatment,” he expressed.

He stated that such awareness campaigning would also help to clear all stigma and confusion regarding HIV AIDS and encourage people to come for testing. He informed that testing facilities have also been set up in every PHC, CHC and District Hospitals. He added that timely detection and proper treatment would prolong the life of the affected person.

Likewise, RUN advisor, KC Nima mentioned that the organisation has been working with recovering members with series of activities and supporting them in post rehabilitation. He added that RUN members have also been working at the grassroot level with its awareness programme on substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. He stressed that the organisation would work more rigorously among general masses for wider awareness.