Get ready to meet an interesting panel of curators spanning across the performing, visual, culinary arts and crafts, who are all set to line up various inter-disciplinary progammes at the fifth edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival 2022, from December 15, 2022 to December 23, 2022 in Panjim, Goa.
The Serendipity Arts Festival is back after a gap of two years, due to the pandemic, and aims to energise arts production, create awareness, and practice across South Asia.
What to look for
Curating the section on crafts, Pramod Kumar KG said that an exhibition will highlight the world of specialist books on art history, and Anjana Somany will enliven the world of craft and its traditions of materiality through space-making.
Quasar Thakore Padamsee will helm the Theatre segment of the festival that will showcase an eclectic selection of plays; Prahlad Sukhtankar will curate the important Culinary quotient of the Serendipity Arts Festival through community meals and a series of workshops decoding food as we know it.
Bickram Ghosh and Ehsaan Noorani will curate Music, with a wide range of live concerts covering a multi-genre range of classical, folk, indie pop and rock.
Geeta Chandran and Mayuri Upadhya will put together classical, experimental and contemporary dance performances and workshops this year.
Visual Arts curators Sudarshan Shetty and Veerangana Solanki will showcase filmmakers to operate and explore the post-pandemic transition from the virtual to the physical.
In addition to the core programming, many special projects have been lined up, including a collaborative exhibition between 4 galleries; a special archival exhibition by Dr Jyotindra Jain; an international collaboration between Rahaab Allana & Pascal Beausse (CNAP, France); an exhibition on NFTs; and film screenings curated by Harkat Studios.
The Festival aims to give much-deserved exposure, a collaborative platform to produce a sustainable environment for contemporary arts and crafts and to highlight the shared cultural heritage of South Asia by building a strong alumni network of artists across the globe.
The Serendipity festival aims to showcase dimension through arts and culture and enrich our lives. Founder Patron, Serendipity Arts Foundation, Sunil Kant Munjal, said, “In our attempt to grow the economy over the last many decades, the enormity and significance of India’s cultural heritage and its arts often gets missed. As a result, we have allowed the arts to go into decline. This festival showcases the many dimensions through which the arts and culture touch and enrich our lives."
"Through the many diverse programmes and events, we hope to get more and more people interested and engaged, in the process enhancing one of the most fascinating aspects of India’s true soft power,” Munjal added.
Director, Serendipity Arts Foundation, Smriti Rajgarhia, added, “We have announced our curators for the Serendipity Arts Festival 2022 and we are aiming to host an inclusive festival that challenges the public at large to push beyond accepted notions and conventions in arts and culture.”
The fifth year of the Serendipity Arts Festival will work towards enhancing public engagement with the arts, and boost the soft power of the nation by making art and culture a part of everyday conversations.
Owing to the festival’s collaborative and liberal approach, it has found support from Institut Français (India), Pro Helvetia, and the British Council as project partners.
The festival aims to preserve the cultural mosaic, replete with diversity, that has shaped South Asia’s many identities over the decades.
WHEN: December 15, 2022 to December 23, 2022
WHERE: Panjim, Goa