Liberty and Light Festival
Liberty and Light Festival
The Liberty and Light Festival is a three-day multi-disciplinary event featuring “the finest talent from Goa and beyond”. Inspired by 19th-century Goan polymath and intellectual Francisco Luis Gomes, the festival will mark his 193rd birth anniversary on 31 May. It takes its name from a line in a letter Gomes sent to French writer and politician Alphonse de Lamartine in which he wrote, “I was born in India, once the cradle of poetry, philosophy and history and now their tomb. I demand liberty and light for India.”
The inaugural edition of the Liberty and Light Festival will feature a series of book launches and talks at Maquinez Palace during the day, and performances at the Old Goa Medical College heritage complex in the evening. Folk-fusion singer-songwriter Akhu Chingangbam, veteran jazz saxophonist Braz Gonsalvez, rapper Dule Rocker, blues-rock vocalist and guitarist Lou Majaw and Fado exponent Sonia Shirsat will present concerts. Theatre group The Mustard Seed Art Company, Bharatanayam dancer Impana Kulkarni and stand-up comedians Daniel Fernandes and Omkar Rege are among the other performers.
Other highlights include book launches and talks with writers such as Aanchal Malhotra, Damodar Mauzo and Jane Borges and the ‘Made in Goa’ series of conversations with the founders of businesses based in the sunshine state. The list includes the people behind design studio The Busride, spirit brand DesmondJi, and restaurant Edible Archives. Chefs Avinash Martins and Thomas Zacharias will conduct a walk through Panjim market. A session celebrating the life and career of footballer Brahmanand Sankhwalkar, considered one of the country’s best goalkeepers, will also be held. All the events are free to attend.
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How to Get There
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.
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Limited capacity
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Light and airy cotton clothes.
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 sandals and flip-flops.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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