AMI Arts Festival
AMI Arts Festival
The AMI Arts Festival which takes place in Kolkata celebrates the cultural legacy of India and its contemporary artistic manifestations. The festival showcases works by artists from across India and abroad, in an effort to “encourage the cross-pollination of ideas and creativity”.
Organised by the Kolkata Centre for Creativity (KCC) in collaboration with Rabindra Tirtha, the festival seeks to be a “melting pot of all kinds of arts, artists and programmes”, and includes exhibitions, a bazaar, musical performances, workshops and virtual talk sessions. Free for all to attend, one can register for the festival through KCC’s social media or on the spot.
The last edition of the AMI Arts Festival saw performances by Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, Arko Mukherjee, Iman Chakraborty, Anjan Dutt and emerging artists Tanya Saxena and Aman Chakraborty among others. It also included workshops on printmaking, acting, and Tamil Nadu’s unique heritage theatre, Kattaikkuttu, to name a few. The festival also featured exhibitions showcasing the visual archives of photojournalist Kulwant Roy, a collection of vintage cameras from the Museo Camera museum, an exhibition titled The Afterlife of Performance featuring Nikhil Chopra, Living a Dark Night – a printmaking exhibition curated by eminent artist and academician, Dr. Paula Sengupta and Divergent Terrains – an exhibition of artworks by emerging artists as part of its annual exhibition-cum-fundraiser.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Kolkata
1. By Air: The Kolkata international airport, better known as the Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, is located at Dumdum. It connects Kolkata with all the major cities of the country as well as the world.
2. By Rail: The Howrah and Sealdah railway stations are the two major railheads situated in the city. Both these stations are well connected to all the important cities of the country.
3. By Road: The West Bengal state buses and various private buses travel to and from different parts of the country at a reasonable cost. Some places near Kolkata are Sunderbans (112 km), Puri (495 km), Konark (571 km) and Darjeeling (624 km).
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Wheelchair access
- Socially distanced
Items and accessories to carry
1. Make sure you carry light woolens and a shawl to tackle the December chill in West Bengal
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside the festival site. Hey, let’s do our bit for the environment, shall we?
3. Footwear: Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or thick sandals or chappals (but make sure they are worn in).
4. As you can camp, carry a sleeping bag and mosquito nets/repellants.
5. If you are an international traveller, the festival needs a copy of your passport and valid visa, with two passport size photographs.
6. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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About Kolkata Centre for Creativity
Kolkata Centre for Creativity
A unit of the Anamika Kala Sangam Trust, the Kolkata Centre for Creativity (KCC)…
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