What can you expect from Art Festivals in India? A burst of colour, local music, folk performances, unique architecture and set-up inspired by Indian history, an exhibition of traditional Indian motifs in unexpected ways and places, breath-taking landscapes and backdrops, a walk down the rich and complex influences that make India, and much more. Get ready to go into a world you've never seen, never experienced before!
Let's take a look at the significant Art Festivals in India that are grabbing eyeballs across the globe:
Mumbai heritage walks through the wealthy Victorian, Gothic and varied styles of historical architecture of South Mumbai, and a shopping extravaganza. Year upon year the festival has grown tremendously in popularity and transitioning from being confined to the Southern Mumbai area of Kala Ghoda to spreading out to neighbouring auditoriums, grounds and theatres to incorporate the surge in participation and footfalls.
Venue: Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai
When: February 2 - February 9, 2019
Venue: Soneri Mahal, Jaisingpura, Aurangabad
When: January 2019
Venue: Surajkund, Faridabad, Haryana
When: February 1 - February 15, 2019
Venue: NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi
When: January 31 - February 3, 2019
5. Delhi International Arts FestivalProjected to be the International Festival Of India, DIAF has ambitious plans to make a strong impression on the cultural map of the world and has achieved excellent success in striving towards its goal. It is already a festival to reckon with in the arena of festivals that promote and showcase global cultural fusion. Organized with a unique theme and diplomatic effort every year, the festival, a brainchild of a celebrated classical dancer and organised in collaboration with the Government, sees humongous participation from international artists in an event spanning 15 to 25 days. It is spread over 40 venues spread across the NCR region and is a brilliant showcase of national and international performing arts, martial arts, cuisine and culture.
When: December 1 - December 10, 2018
Bookings: Ticketing Partner To Be Announced
6. Bangalore International Arts FestivalThis annual festival goes a step further than others in promoting local artists by, apart from showcasing the talents, also donating a part of the funds raised to Arogyadhara, a welfare fund for artists. You can expect to experience Indian and international classical, folk and contemporary music and dance, Indian and foreign bands? Concerts and theatre, and participate in tree plantation drive to increase the green cover of the city and give back to the society.
Venue: Art Complex, Kumar Krupa Road, Bangalore, Karnataka
When: To Be Announced
7. Cartist Automobile Art Festival And YatraOne of its kind festivals, throbbing with energy, innovation and colour, CARTIST brings automobile and arts together to create a spectacular fusion that will leave you wide-eyed! CARTIST, a unification of CAR (a motor) and ARTist, is a Jaipur based organisation that promotes young artists and the concept of exhibiting art in the most visible and moving space - cars. Among others. Indian highways are serenaded by our desi, quirkily and beautifully painted trucks, CARTIST is your chance to see quirky, colourful and innovative strokes of paint and sketches, from geometric shapes to psychedelic patterns and Indian motifs, on cars, autos and more. They also organise CARTIST Yatras which are moving, an exciting exhibit of vehicles, automobiles and two-wheelers covering the length and breadth of the country, stopping at all major metros.
Venue: To Be Announced
When: To Be Announced
To Apply As Volunteer: www.cartist.in
8. Taj MahotsavIf you wish to see the local handicrafts, handlooms, craftsmanship and woodwork from every single part of India under one roof, then this is the festival to visit. Held at Shilpgram, a tourist village, at the eastern gate of the Taj Mahal, the 10-day long festival provides a breath-taking sneak-peek into the rich cultural heritage of India and ample opportunities to shop, all against the majestic backdrop of the Mughal architecture, Taj Mahal. The festival has a theme or ?message? Every year which is expressed through various aspects, including the set-up, of the festival. You can also witness a vast and gorgeous procession of elephants and camels covered in colourful Indian motifs and designs, accompanied by folk dancers and drumbeats, marking the grand beginning of the Taj Mahotsav.
Venue: Shilpgram, Near Taj Mahal, Agra, UP
When: February 18 - February 27 2019
Venue: Diggi Palace, Jaipur, Rajasthan
When: January 24 - January 28, 2019
10. St+Art FestivalSt+Art India is a not-for-profit organisation and an urban art movement, changing urban India one wall at a time. Conceptualized in 2014 by five co-founders with different backgrounds but a shared burning desire to transform the crippling and drab infrastructural landscape of the country, they set out to paint Shahpur Jat locality of Delhi, and after that, there was no turning back. Today, they have painted awe-inspiring, larger-than-life portraits of Mahatma Gandhi on Government buildings, colourful sketches on many, many walls, converted weak areas to ones of resounding beauty, plainly with a brush and cans of paint, and the help of volunteers. They are currently transforming the concrete landscape of Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and Mumbai, and you too can volunteer or witness their art in motion during the festival organised by them, which includes tours and workshops.
Venue: To be announced
When: To be announced
When: November 20 - November 28, 2018
12. Serendipity Arts Festival, GoaThe Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa is a treasure-trove for art lovers. Visual arts, crafts, theatre, music, dance, photography, and culinary arts commingle aesthetically in this celebration of life. Spanning across Panaji, seasoned and upcoming artists showcase their best over the course of eight days of the festival. To attend, you need to register for free on their website. You can also volunteer to help put together this spectacular show.
Venue: Panaji, Goa
When: December 15 to 22.
Rest assured, with the variety and exquisiteness of immersive art festivals organised in the country, you are bound to come away feeling knowledgeably richer, culturally stronger, and filled with a new zest for life, seeing such colours, energy, performances, and pieces of art, like you never before imagined. This is just a small list of major festivals, but you will find many, beautiful, small-scale art festivals being organised and every corner of the state. Not all have achieved glory as the ones above, but it is only a matter of time before they do.