ComplexCity is a festival that travels “across spaces in Mumbai for open-hearted conversations and reflections” that “work towards sustainable futures”. Organised by the non-profit development organisation YUVA, ComplexCity brings together diverse voices from Mumbai. Collectively, they unravel the complex realities that surround the country’s entertainment and financial capital.
It is, the organisers say, “a forum” that “seeks to better people’s understanding of urban spaces, and build respect and appreciation for the role of every stakeholder” to create an inclusive city.
The fourth edition was held over a series of weekends in May and June 2022, featuring the Making Mumbai youth convention, film screenings, an online photography contest and a street play competition. Members of children and youth collectives also led walks in the informal settlement of Ambujwadi in Malad and in the rehabilitation and resettlement colony of Lallubhai Compound in Mankhurd.
The 2023 edition of the ComplexCity festival was held between 11 February and 29 April at multiple venues in Mumbai. Some of the events at the festival included youth competitions and cultural events at Maharashtra Nature Park in Dharavi, curated walks in Lallubhai Compound and Malad and a street play competition at Dharavi.
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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.
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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.
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Light and airy cotton clothes to beat the heat and humidity in Mumbai.
2. Comfortable footwear such as sandals, flip flops and sneakers.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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