Mithila Festival USA Returns to NYC April 14-20: Celebrating Art, Culture, and Sustainability

The Mithila Center USA is organizing the Mithila Festival USA in New York City from April 14 to 20. The festival aims to promote Mithila art and culture while supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Theme: Art for Sustainable Development Goals

This year’s theme, “Art Mithila Heritage for Sustainable Development Goals,” focuses on SDG 13 (climate action). The festival will raise awareness about climate change through Mithila art, encouraging education, public awareness, and improved institutional capacity.

Artist Call

Artists interested in showcasing their work can submit a sample of their painting that reflects this year’s theme, “Art Mithila Heritage for Sustainable Development Goals.” Additionally, artists should provide a brief introduction about themselves. Submissions, including both the painting sample and introduction, can be sent to

History and Goals

The first Mithila Festival was held in the US in 2019 with an exhibition at the UN headquarters. Organizers hope to continue this tradition and believe the festival will not only celebrate Mithila culture but also raise awareness about its role in achieving the SDGs.

Festival Highlights

  • Celebrations of Mithila King Salhesh Jayanti, New Year, and Jur Sital Festivals
  • Cultural Programs
  • Kids Art Workshop, Exhibition, and Award

About Mithila Culture

The festival also provides a glimpse into Mithila culture, a unique blend of ancient Nepali and Indian traditions. The culture is vibrant and kept alive by Mithila communities worldwide. The story of Sita and Rama from the Ramayana holds special significance in Mithila. Mithila people have been residing in New York and New Jersey for many decades.