The City As A Museum
The City As A Museum
Launched by DAG in November 2021, The City As A Museum is a festival that celebrates arts and heritage. It seeks to “transform the way people engage with museum collections” by taking them beyond four walls. The festival aims to change the way the city is experienced by activating neighbourhoods and localities linked to the lives of artists and art communities who feature in the DAG Collection. The experiences include curated walks, talks, concerts and workshops.
The first edition, which was spread over ten days in Kolkata, provided a blueprint for future instalments in other cities. It saw DAG collaborating with the Indian Museum, Victoria Memorial Hall, Botanical Gardens, and craft communities in heritage neighbourhoods such as Chitpur (home to printmakers and jewellers) and Metiabruz (the erstwhile refuge of Wajid Ali Shah). Glimpses of the event were made available virtually on Instagram and through a collaboration with digital media platform Heritage Lab.
The last edition of the festival included an art workshop and a tour of the Hooghly Imambara, an intimate evening at the Lake Town home of artist Shanu Lahiri and a guided walk of Uttarpara Jaykrishna Public Library – the first free circulating public library of India. The last day of the festival featured an online cook-along with food historian Pritha Sen.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Kolkata
1. By Air: The Kolkata international airport, better known as the Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, is located at Dumdum. It connects Kolkata with all the major cities of the country as well as the world.
2. By Rail: The Howrah and Sealdah railway stations are the two major railheads situated in the city. Both these stations are well connected to all the important cities of the country.
3. By Road: The West Bengal state buses and various private buses travel to and from different parts of the country at a reasonable cost. Some places near Kolkata are Sunderbans (112 km), Puri (495 km), Konark (571 km) and Darjeeling (624 km).
- Food stalls
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Parking facilities
- Masks mandatory
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside the festival site. Hey, let’s do our bit for the environment, shall we?
2. Footwear: Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are objects you should keep handy.
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