Mumbai Gallery Weekend
Mumbai Gallery Weekend
The most awaited event on Mumbai’s art and culture calendar, the Mumbai Gallery Weekend is back again this year on a grand scale with showcases in a wide range of galleries in Colaba, Fort, Kala Ghoda, Ballard Estate, Worli, Lower Parel, Byculla and Bandra. It began in 2012 with a group of nine galleries, with the belief that a collective approach would make for a more vibrant art scene. Now entering its 11th year, the Weekend will have 32 participating galleries and promises to be a sensational event.
The festival, organised by an association of Mumbai-based galleries, is a fantastic opportunity to engage with the visual arts, including painting, sculpture, photography, media art, installation, decorative arts and design. New entrants on Mumbai’s gallery scene that will be part of the event include Experimeter Colaba, Chemould CoLab, Art and Charlie, and the impressive Ice Factory Ballard Estate, which will host a Young Collectors’ Weekend. At the other end of the spectrum, the DAG art gallery will present a single work at their space in the Taj Mahal Hotel — the first-ever commissioned portrait by Raja Ravi Varma. There will be pop-up exhibitions organised especially for the Mumbai Gallery Weekend, by platforms such as The Upside Space. Art and Charlie, a contemporary art gallery, will host a dance performance called BhooterNach (‘The Ghost Dance’), by Gia Singh Arora and some of the galleries will also host talks in their spaces.
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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.
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. Carry light and airy cotton clothes, to beat the humidity in Mumbai.
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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