Ladies First Street Art
Ladies First Street Art
The multi-city Ladies First Street Art festival, launched in 2019, promotes women street artists, who remain under-represented in the field. Organised by Mumbai-based graffiti artist collective Wicked Broz, Ladies First Street Art festival aims to “highlight the work of female street artists, bring more women to the streets in India while creating public assets that put the country on the global map”.
At the flagship edition in Mumbai, Ladies First has covered over 10,000 square feet of walls in the Marol Arts Village, all of them adorned by works by women. Talks, workshops, film screenings and performances around and of street art as well as dance and hip-hop, which are synonymous with global street art culture, are part of the festival every year.
Anpu Varkey, Avantika Mathur and Lena McCarthy were among the artists who participated in the 2021 edition, which was simultaneously held in Mumbai, Gurugram and Dehradun. Although audience participation was restricted during this instalment on account of the pandemic, some of the activities were streamed live on Instagram. The third edition is scheduled to be held in 2022.
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You don’t just get to witness the street art being made, you can take part as a volunteer as well. People from all walks of life, from auto-wallahs to 70-year-old grandmothers, have come and lent a hand. There will be other activities such as workshops, talks, film screenings and open mics to participate in, so set aside a complete day to experience Ladies First.
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 CST Station. The domestic airport is in Vile Parle East. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji has two terminals. Terminal 1 or the domestic terminal used to be the old airport called Santacruz Airport, and some locals still refer to it by this name. Terminal 2 or the international terminal replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as the Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai easily available from other airports. 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 to note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto and the Konkan-Kanya Express.
3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Getting to Mumbai by bus is the most economical for individual tourists. Government-run, as well as 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.
How to Reach Dehradun
1. By Air: Several airlines run regular flights to Dehradun’s Jolly Grant Airport, which is located 20 km away from the city centre. You can hire a taxi from the airport to reach the city.
2. By Rail: Dehradun is connected to Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ujjain, Chennai and Varanasi by trains such as the Shatabdi Express, Jan Shatabdi Express, Dehradun AC Express, Doon Express, Bandra Express and Amritsar-Dehradun Express among others. The Dehradun Railway Station is located 2 km away from the city centre.
3. By Road: Dehradun is well connected to most cities such as Delhi, Shimla, Haridwar, Rishikesh, Agra and Mussoorie by Volvo, deluxe, semi-deluxe and Uttarakhand State Transport buses. These buses arrive and depart from the Dehradun Inter State Bus Terminal near Clement Town. Buses depart from here every 15 minutes to one hour. Other bus terminals in Dehradun are the Mussoorie Bus Station, located at the Dehradun Railway Station, which has regular bus services to Mussoorie and other nearby cities. Another interstate bus terminal in Dehradun is the Delhi Bus Stand on Gandhi Road. A popular tourist destination, Dehradun has a strong road network, which makes for a pleasant driving experience. Dehradun is well connected by NH 58 and 72 to cities like Delhi (a four-hour drive) and Chandigarh (167 km, an almost three-hour drive), Haridwar and Rishikesh.
How to Reach Delhi
1. By Air: Delhi is well connected with domestic and international flights to all the major cities within and outside India. Almost all the major airlines have their flights operating from Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. Domestic Airport connects Delhi to the major cities in India.
2. By Rail: The railway network connects Delhi to all major and nearly all the minor destinations in India. The three important railway stations of Delhi are New Delhi Railway Station, Old Delhi Railway Station and Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station.
3. By Road: Delhi is well connected, by a network of roads and national highways, with all the major cities in India. The three major bus stands in Delhi are Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) at Kashmiri Gate, Sarai Kale-Khan Bus Terminus and Anand Vihar Bus Terminus. Both the government and private transport providers provide frequent bus services. One can also get government as well as private taxis here.
- Food stalls
- Gendered toilets
- Unisex toilets
- Wheelchair access
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Carry clothes suitable for the shifty spring temperatures during March and April.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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