GIFLIF Indiestaan Music Festival
The Great Indian Film and Literature Festival or the GIFLIF Indiestaan Music Festival, started in 2015, is a multi-city youth festival held in Gurgaon, Bhopal and Raipur. Organised by White Walls Media, the festival accommodates talks, film screenings, music concerts, plays, poetry recitals, storytelling sessions and book discussions among several other events. Writers Devdutt Pattanaik, Gulzar, Javed Akhtar and Ruskin Bond and actors Rajat Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Taapsee Pannu and Vinay Pathak are among those who have been part of the festival over the years.
The bands to have played the event include Alif, Agnee, Ballimaaraan, Indian Ocean, Kabir Café and Parvaaz. On account of the pandemic, the GIFLIF Indiestaan Music Festival was held in different avatars, at a drive-in in Bhopal in February 2021 (Drive-In Music Fest) and March 2022 (GIFLIF Comedy and Music Festival).
The festival will be held between 18 and 19 Feb this year at MPT DDX Drive-in Cinema, Bhopal. The artist line-up for this year’s festival include Lucky Ali, Thaikkudam Bridge, Anand Bhaskar Collective, Bombay Bandook, Kavish Seth and The Western Ghats.
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How To Get There
How to Reach Bhopal
1. By Air: Bhopal Airport is located about 13 km northwest of the city centre and is well connected to major cities of the country such as Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Raipur, by regular flights. Taxis are available from the airport to the city centre.
2. By Rail: Bhopal Junction is the largest railway station in the city and is a major junction on the Delhi-Chennai main line and the central railway route from New Delhi to Mumbai. It connects Bhopal to all parts of the country, except the North-Eastern states.
3. By Road: Regular state-run and private bus services connect Bhopal to Ahmedabad, Amravati, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Nagpur, Nashik, Pune, Shirdi, Surat and Vadodara.
How To Reach Gurugram
1. By Air: Gurugram has no airport. The nearest international airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, around 28 km away. The airport is connected to almost all the cities in India and major cities across the globe.
2. By Rail: NH8 and the Dwarka Expressway, along with their branches, constitute the network of roadways connecting Gurugram to adjoining cities like New Delhi, Chandigarh and Mumbai. Several buses and cabs are available from nearby cities to Gurugram.
3. By Road: Gurugram has a small railway station that connects some major cities via few trains. The nearest railway junctions are Nizamuddin Railway Station and New Delhi Railway Station. The Indian Railways offers many express trains to reach these stations from other parts of India.
How To Reach Raipur
1. By Air: Swami Vivekananda Airport or Mana Airport is the primary airport serving the state of Chhattisgarh. The airport is located 15 km south of Raipur near Naya Raipur and you can easily get regular flights to Raipur from other major cities in the country.
2. By Rail: Raipur Junction railway station is situated on the Howrah-Nagpur-Mumbai line of the Indian Railways (via Bhusawal, Bilaspur, Gondia, Kharagpur, Nagpur and Rourkela) and there are regular trains from other major cities of the country.
3. By Road: Raipur is well connected with Sambalpur district of Odisha, Nagpur of Maharashtra and other major cities of the country via regular buses.
- Free drinking water
- Gendered toilets
- Parking facilities
- Limited capacity
- Masks mandatory
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Winterwear and accessories like caps, jackets and shawls to keep warm.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside the festival site.
3. Footwear. Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
4. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
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