Bonjour India is a multi-city artistic, cultural, educational and social initiative that celebrates cultural, literary and scientific partnerships between India and France. It is put together by the French cooperation network in India comprising the Embassy of France and its cultural service, Institut Français en Inde, the Alliance Française network and the Consulates of France.
The events at Bonjour India cut across the fields of arts and craft, dance, design, film, food and culinary arts, heritage, literature, music, photography and visual arts. They include conferences, debates, book tours, film screenings, food tastings, dance recitals, music concerts, theatre and circus performances, and photography and scientific exhibitions.
Past editions of the festival have been held in 2009-10, 2013, 2017-18 and 2022. The fourth and latest instalment of the festival in November 2022, have comprised events in 20 cities, including Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Dehradun, Goa, Gurugram, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kochi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi, Noida, Pondicherry, Pune, Trivandrum and Udaipur.
The highlights of this edition have been an exhibition entitled Convergence that showcased works by French and Indian photographers who lived and worked in India between the mid-19th century and the 1970s; Elektrik, a performance of the electro dancing style by choreographer Blanca Li; and Science Beyond Borders, an exhibition of the history of scientific collaboration between France and India in fields such as medicine, education and engineering. Science Beyond Borders was previously on display at the Piramal Museum of Art in Mumbai until 30 September.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Mumbai
1. By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai metropolitan area. It is situated about 30 km from the main Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) train station. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji has two terminals. Terminal 1, or the domestic terminal, was the old airport referred to as Santa Cruz Airport, and some locals still use this name. Terminal 2, or the international terminal, replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai from most major cities in India and across the world. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach desired destinations.
2. By Rail: Mumbai is very well connected to rest of India by train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai. Trains to Mumbai are available from all major railway stations in India. Some important Mumbai trains of note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto and Konkan Kanya Express.
3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Visiting by bus is economical for individual tourists. Government-run and private buses operate daily services. Travelling to Mumbai by car is a common choice made by travellers, and hailing a cab or hiring a private car is an efficient way of exploring the city.
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- Free drinking water
- Live streaming
- Parking facilities
- Unisex toilets
- Wheelchair access
- Limited capacity
- Masks mandatory
- Socially distanced
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
2. Comfortable footwear such as sneakers.
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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