Govandi Arts Festival
Govandi Arts Festival
The Govandi Arts Festival is a celebration of arts and culture in the marginalised neighbourhood of Govandi in Mumbai. It will culminate in a parallel community-led arts festival in Mumbai, with digital projections in Bristol in the UK, in February 2023. The festival is part of the British Council’s ‘India/UK Together, a Season of Culture’.
The event aims to “work with an alternative pedagogy to engage with the issues of the marginalised that centre around expression, joy and celebration, without romanticising their lived realities”. It will showcase the talents of emerging artists from Govandi who are being mentored by professional artists, photographers, filmmakers, musicians and theatre persons. The list of mentors includes actor Niharika Lyra Dutt, filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar, visual artist and illustrator Sanskar Sawant aka Chew’d Perfect, and photographer Tejinder Singh Khamka.
The idea for the festival, say its organisers, came out of the need to spotlight “the creative resistance that thrives in the hearts of people” in Govandi. This creative resistance is best exemplified by artists such as resident and rapper-filmmaker Moin Khan and his song “Haq Se Govandi”, the title of which loosely translates into “Govandi, My Pride”. Asked about what prompted him to write the track, he said, “I wanted to give Govandi another identity which is not linked to crime or garbage.”
Among the events and activities planned are art exhibitions, film screenings, music performances, panel discussions, walks and workshops. It will also include a lantern parade put together in collaboration with UK-based artists association Lamplighter Arts team.
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Items and Accessories to Carry
1. Cotton clothes to beat the humidity in Mumbai.
2. Comfortable shoes 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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