Spoken celebrates the magic of words and provides a platform for vibrant voices in storytelling, poetry, spoken word, stand-up comedy, theatre and music from across India and around the globe. The two-day festival features over 50 artists performing across five stages as well as panel discussions, masterclasses and workshops, in English, Hindi and Urdu. Described by its organisers as “the Mecca of the mindful millennial”, it’s for “the person who’s not looking to tune out, but tune in”.
The festival, which did not take place in 2021 owing to the pandemic, returned in November 2022. A stellar line-up at Spoken 2022 included the likes of Vir Das, Anumita Nadesan, When Chai Met Toast, Sid Sriram, Ahsaas Channa, Mithila Palkar, Osho Jain, Kareema Barry, Sumukhi Suresh, Babil Khan and 60+ more artists.
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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 the Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai 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 the 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, 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, 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.
- Wheelchair access
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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