Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai, Mumbai Overview
Every year on the first Saturday of February, The Kala Ghoda Festival is organised in Mumbai, the commercial capital of the country, with the aim of maintaining, safeguarding and conserving the art and heritage of the region. It is a nine-day affair and is one of the most awaited events of Mumbai. It is one of the largest multicultural festivals in the country which attracts a large number of visitors each year both from within the country as well as outside.
Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2019 Date
2nd to 10th February 2019 Time: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Kala Ghoda Art Festival Location & Address
The festival is held in and around the Kala Ghoda Fort in South Mumbai.
The different sections are held in various venues:
Children- Lawns at CSMVS Cinema- Cross Maidan at MG Road Food-Mahatma Gandhi Road, Churchgate Music-Cross Maidan at MG Road Theatre and Visual Arts- Horniman Circle Garden Stand up Comedy- Irish House Workshops- Artisans at VB Gandhi Marg
There is no entry fee. However, the entry is on a first- come- first- serve basis.
About Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
The Kala Ghoda Festival is organised by the Kala Ghoda Association which was formed in 1998 to preserve art and culture. The festival aimed to give art a platform so that its development in this realm can be known far and wide. It brings together a diverse range of artists and is based on a different theme each year.
The festival has 14 different sections like music, stand up comedy, theatre, a section for children, literature, dance, exquisite stalls selling varied products, food, street performances and interesting workshops which enable one to explore a plethora of skills like pottery, mountaineering and even saree draping!
Attractions at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
There is a tremendous and extravagant display of art by renowned artists from all over the world. The festival also has some book launches, workshops and thoroughly enriching and interactive sessions with well-known authors. There are some enthralling performances ranging from classical to contemporary and from Indian Folk to international. Renowned chefs also exhibit their talent through some live food demonstrations. A major attraction is also the heritage walk which attracts a large number of enthusiasts.
The theme for this year is Springtime and will see some exceptional creative work in the stalls section at the Rampart Row as well as the other sections. The stalls are a paradise for the shoppers!
Stalls To Look Forward To
"Green sole" which is an eco-friendly firm which changes old shoes into new ones and gives it to the needy.
"Paper Arts" which creates some interesting things with just paper.
"Village Leather Works" and various other stalls which are generally released few weeks before the fest.
Pointers To Keep In Mind
Reach the venue an hour before the stipulated time as the seats are on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The festival guide will be available at all Help Desks.
Visitors are expected not to touch the works of art and show the utmost respect.
If you wish to put up a stall at the festival, you can get all the relevant details and the form by clicking on the link given below Application form
The Kala Ghoda Festival showcases the myriad hues and talents of the various artists. It is one of the most colourful and culturally significant festivals of the country. Funds raised from this festival are devoted to the restoration and maintenance of the area. Thus, the festival brings innumerable talents at the mega-scale at which it is held that makes it one of a kind!
The final programme for this year's festival will be released latest by 20th January 2019.
About Kala Ghoda Association
The association's primary aim has to been to preserve and conserve the art in all forms, and it has been directing all its efforts towards this task. It has prioritised this aim since 1999 by organising this art festival on a yearly basis. Their vision has been multicultural awareness especially among those who have little access and exposure.
The Kala Ghoda Art District
There is an area in Mumbai which stretches from the Regal Circle up to the Mumbai University. It covers approximately 1,10,000 square feet and is known as the Kala Ghoda Art District. Over the years, it has become a centre of cultural activities. There are many well-known institutions around the area namely The Max Mueller Bhawan, Jehangir Art Gallery, Prince of Wales Museum, David Sassoon Library and few others along with some cafes, restaurants, art galleries and designer boutiques.