Serendipity arts festival returns to Panaji

By on November 21, 2019
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Goa can expect a dynamic event from December 15-22, 2019 with over 90 projects

Annual, multi-disciplinary festival Arts Festival is back from December 15-22, 2019, open to all. This year will host more than 90 dynamic projects with over 1,200 artists highlighting India’s rich traditions of music, dance and theatre, alongside photography, culinary arts, craft, and visual arts exhibitions.

Founded in 2014 by Sunil Kant Munjal, the Serendipity Arts Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a vision of energising arts production, awareness and practice across South Asia. The foundation’s primary outreach initiative, the Serendipity Arts Festival is now in its fourth edition which will transform Panaji, showcasing an exciting range of programming across seven disciplines from the South Asian region. The line-up of curators for 2019 includes, Craft: Pramod KG, Kristine Michael | Music: Aneesh Pradhan and Sneha Khanwalkar | Theatre: Atul Kumar and Arundhati Nag | Dance: Leela Samson and Mayuri Upadhya | Culinary Arts: Rahul Akerkar and Prahlad Sukhtankar | Visual Arts: Dr Jyotindra Jain and Sudarshan Shetty | Photography: Rahaab Allana and Ravi Agarwal.

Additionally, several special projects will be showcased, featuring projects curated by Nancy Adajania, Anurupa Roy, HH Art Spaces, St+art India Foundation, Aradhana Seth and Vidya Shivadas, among several others. An inclusive and collaborative creative platform, the Serendipity Arts Festival is focused on creating and fostering a thriving artistic community across India and developing interdisciplinary creative dialogue, as part of the core festival programming, platforming the performative, visual and culinary arts.

The festival, known for exhibiting art from the South Asian region, will see a larger participation of artists across South Asian countries and performers from around the world. To assist with a smoother experience of the festival, a Serendipity Arts Festival App is being launched. The app includes all aspects of registration, event calendars and other important updates. The festival aims to be more eco-friendly by minimising the use of paper and plastic wherever possible, with proper disposal bins in and around service areas and outside workshops, as well as including these ideas as part of the programming with workshops which address waste management, as well as eco-friendly food and lifestyle choices. The festival is also planning special projects to promote Goan cultural heritage.

Special projects curator Vivek Menezes will curate Mundo Goa, a project that explores and celebrates the coming together of international artists from the Goan diaspora. The project  pays tribute to, and highlights, the infinitely varied ways of being and belonging that artists, writers and intellectuals derive from this unique cultural scenario.

Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.

Viva Goa magazine is now on stands. Available at all major book stalls and supermarkets in Goa.

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