Behala Art Fest
Behala Art Fest
Behala Art Fest (BAF) is a curated, multidisciplinary art festival that enables artists from diverse backgrounds to connect and showcase art outside traditional gallery spaces. In 2020, a local club in Behala launched the festival with the backing of renowned visual artist Sanatan Dinda. Since then, the Behala Art Fest Committee has organised four successful editions of the festival, with the latest one held between 2 and 5 Feb 2023.
The festival explores different genres, from installation to performance art, to communicate with the common man and create community art. Over the years, more than 150 artists from various backgrounds and disciplines have participated in the festival. By providing a platform for artists to connect and collaborate, BAF creates a vibrant atmosphere that encourages expression, participation, interaction and dialogue with the audience. The festival transforms parking spaces, walls of homes, market spaces, rickshaw stands and walkways into display arenas for art, subverting the idea of art as an elitist preoccupation and making it more inclusive and accessible. This year’s festival showcased over 50 artists, including Sanatan Dinda, Samindranath Majumdar, Debraj Goswami, Puspen Roy, Snehasis Maity, among others.
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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.
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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).
- Unisex toilets
- Wheelchair access
- Limited capacity
- Sanitiser booths
Items & 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.
About Behala Art Fest Committee
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