Goa Open Arts Festival
Goa Open Arts Festival
The Goa Open Arts Festival, launched in 2020, is back for its second edition at Panjim’s historic Maquinez Palace (Old GMC). The festival showcases local talents spanning visual arts, music, spoken word, performance, and films. Featuring an expanded venue and programme with curated live performances by guest experts, the festival targets engagement from local and statewide audiences.
The upcoming edition will highlight renowned Goan artists like Pradeep Naik, Swapnesh Vaigankar, and Rajendra A. Mardolkar in sculpture, print, and performance, alongside Bharat Sikka, Vinita Barretto, and others exploring diverse media. The Dhaee Aakhar group enlivens Goan oral histories through immersive poetry and folk song performances. An installation honouring Wendell Rodricks by MODA Goa museum and Satyajit Vetoskar will feature prominently. With the inclusion of guest curators like Aviv Pereira for music, Rochelle D’Silva for poetry/spoken word, Sachin Chatte for film and Insia Lacewalla for food/experiences, the festival promises culturally rooted, enhanced experiences.
Driven by inclusivity and accessibility, the festival serves as a launchpad for emerging artists, promoting diversity via open calls and offering exposure to new talents across Goa. Goa Open Arts remains dedicated to fostering dialogue, championing local issues, and nurturing a vibrant artistic community.
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How To Reach Goa
1. By Air: Goa’s Dabolim Airport handles both domestic and international flights. Terminal 1 handles all domestic flights coming into Goa from major Indian cities such as Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Lucknow, Kolkata and Indore. All Indian carriers have regular flights operating to Goa. Once you get out of the airport, you can hire a taxi or arrange for a pick up to your destination. The airport is around 26 km from Panaji.
2. By Rail: There are two main train stations in Goa, Madgaon and Vasco-da-Gama. From New Delhi, you can catch the Goa Express to Vasco-da-Gama, and from Mumbai, you can take the Matsyagandha Express or the Konkan Kanya Express, which will drop you at Madgaon. Goa enjoys extensive rail connectivity with the rest of the country. The route is a soothing journey that takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Western Ghats.
3. By Road: Two major highways take you into Goa. If you’re travelling to Goa from Mumbai or Bengaluru, you will have to follow the NH 4. It is the most preferred way into Goa as it is wide and well-maintained. The NH 17 is the shortest route from Mangalore. The drive to Goa is a scenic route, especially during the monsoon. You can also catch a bus from Mumbai, Pune or Bengaluru. The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) run regular buses to Goa.
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- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Licensed bars
- Parking facilities
- Wheelchair access
Items to Carry
1. Carry light and airy cotton clothes as Goa in February tends to be warm.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
3. Comfortable footwear such as sneakers.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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