India’s first multi-disciplinary arts event, the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 will set Goa alight from 15-22 December 2018 . Over 90 dynamic projects highlighting India’s rich traditions of music, dance and theatre, alongside culinary arts, craft, and visual arts exhibitions will be on display at this year’s event. Alongside the more traditional disciplines of music, visual arts, theatre and dance, the Festival also celebrates craft and artisan artforms which are physical and tangible products of human creativity, not usually associated with the ‘high art’ invested with cultural significance in our society. Curated by Dr. Annapurna Garimella, Delhi-based designer and an art historian and Rashmi Varma, one of the the
Craft projects’ focus this year will be on local Goan crafts that will be displayed in a specially designed architectural structure, in continuation of one of last year’s projects. The exploration of everyday objects brings to light their histories, and the status of Indian handicraft in the present time, encouraging an equal collaboration between designers and craftspeople.
The focus this year in several of the performance events will be looking at gender issues, as well as LGBTQ+ community, examining the challenges and pressure of heteronormative societies, considering their impact on contemporary India and confronting the laws which question the legitimacy of diverse sexualities. Examining effects on artistic practice, looking at the work of LGBTQ+ movements across the country, and their role in mobilising public awareness and community consciousness about equal and fair rights for citizens. The panel will be one of the first of its kind in the country. Projects such as Parayan Maranna Kadhaka l, Queen-size, Gentlemen’s Club and Lavani Queens… Double Mazaa! are some of the productions at the Festival that will address these themes.
The music programme at the upcoming edition, curated by Aneesh Pradhan , one of India’s leading tabla players and Sneha Khanwalkar , a leading Bollywood music director, will explore the range of traditions in India, as well as the sources of their inspiration alongside offering visitors a unique sound experience that showcases the cross currents between sound, visuals, space and technology. The music programming will platform local Goan musicians, International artists, and also folk and traditional practitioners, providing the audience an opportunity to experience musicals both Western and Bollywood, along with retro, jazz, and electro funk music.
The programming for Visual Arts and Photography this year offers a wide spectrum of projects, each considering a distinct tenet of artistic practice, from collections, archives and historical works, to performance and street art. Goa audiences will also be exposed to diverse international artists furthering the Festival’s objective of promoting cross-cultural exchange and fostering global dialogue via the arts.