Serendipity Arts Festival
Serendipity Arts Festival
From its launch in 2016, the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa has evolved into one of the largest annual interdisciplinary cultural extravaganzas in South Asia. A panel of 14 curators selects the events and experiences, which are presented over eight days in December. Covering the fields of culinary, performing and visual arts, they’re hosted at venues across the city of Panaji. The sites range from heritage buildings and public parks to museums and riverboats.
Over the years, the curators have included ceramic artist Kristine Michael for craft; chef Rahul Akerkar for culinary arts; bharatanatyam exponent Leela Samson for dance; Hindustani classical composers and performers Aneesh Pradhan and Shubha Mudgal for music; lensman Ravi Agarwal for photography; actress Arundhati Nag for theatre; and cultural historian Jyotindra Jain for visual arts. With a guiding mission to make art visible and accessible, the Serendipity Arts Festival also includes educational initiatives, workshops and special projects. After four in-person editions, the festival was held in a digital avatar in 2020.
The curators for the last edition of the festival included percussionist Bickram Ghosh and guitarist Ehsaan Noorani for music; Somany Ceramics director Anjana Somany and Pramod Kumar K. G., the managing director of museum consulting company Eka for craft; The Black Sheep Bistro founder Prahlad Sukhtankar for culinary arts; director Quasar Thakore-Padamsee for theatre; artists Sudarshan Shetty and writer-researcher Veerangana Solanki for visual arts’ and Indian classical dancers Mayuri Upadhya and Geeta Chandran for dance.
The upcoming edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival will be held between 15 and 23 December 2023.
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How to reach Goa
- 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. In December 2022, Goa welcomed its second airport Manohar International Airport or MOPA. It serves North Goa and the adjoining districts of Karnataka and Maharashtra. 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.
- 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.
- 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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- Wheelchair access
Items and accessories to carry
1. Carry light and airy cotton clothes as Goa in December 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. Beach sun is always fun, until the heat gets too much. Protect yourself with hats, sunglasses and sunscreen.
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, tissues, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
About Serendipity Arts Foundation
Serendipity Arts Foundation
The Serendipity Arts Foundation, which was formed in 2016, is a cultural development organisation…
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