Description: Founded in 2014 by Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Serendipity Arts Foundation is a non-profit organization with a vision of energizing arts production, awareness and practice across South Asia. The Foundation’s primary outreach initiative, Serendipity Arts Festival is now in its fourth edition which will transform Panaji, showcasing an exciting range of programming across 7 disciplines from the South Asian region.
The line-up of curators for 2019 includes, Craft: Pramod KG, Kristine Michael | Music: Aneesh Pradhan and Sneha Khanwalkar | Theatre: Atul Kumar and Arundhati Nag | Dance: Leela Samson and Mayuri Upadhya | Culinary Arts: Rahul Akerkar and Prahlad Sukhtankar | Visual Arts: Dr. Jyotindra Jain and Sudarshan Shetty | Photography: Rahaab Allana and Ravi Agarwal.
Additionally, several Special Projects will be showcased, featuring projects curated by Nancy Adajania, Anurupa Roy, HH Art Spaces, St+art India Foundation, Aradhana Seth and Vidya Shivadas, among several others.
An inclusive and collaborative creative platform, the Serendipity Arts Festival is focused on creating and fostering a thriving artistic community across India and developing interdisciplinary creative dialogue, as part of the core festival programming, platforming the performative, visual and culinary arts. The festival, known for exhibiting art from the South Asian region, will see larger participation of artists across South Asian countries and performers from around the world. To assist with a smoother experience of the festival, a Serendipity Arts Festival App will be launched shortly. The app will include all aspects of registration, event calendars and other important updates. The festival aims to be more eco-friendly by minimizing the use of paper and plastic wherever possible, with proper disposal bins in and around service areas and outside workshops, as well as including these ideas as part of the programming with workshops which address waste management, as well as eco-friendly food and lifestyle choices.
The Festival is also planning to have special projects to promote Goan cultural heritage. Vivek Menezes, special projects curator, will curate Mundo Goa, a project that explores and celebrates the coming together of international artists from the Goan diaspora. The project will pay tribute, and highlight the infinitely varied ways of being and belonging, that artists, writers and intellectuals derive from this unique cultural scenario. Participating artists include Amruta Patil, Antonio e Costa, Aruna D’Souza, Anjali Arondekar, Brendan Fernandes, Solomon Souza, Sergio Santimano and Ivo de Figueiredo.
Additionally, Lina Vincent and Akshay Mahajan in association with Rahaab Allana will be curating a large scale project called Goa Familia, which sets out with the objective to chronicle the socio-cultural footprint of Goa and Goans. Directed at seeking out physical material such as photographs, postcards, ancestral heirlooms and memorabilia, as well as oral and recorded histories, the archive will become a participatory space for people to contribute personal and collective stories. The Project compilations will be showcased at Serendipity Arts Festival, December 2019.
Culinary Arts curator Prahlad Sukhtankar is curating the Farmer’s Market, an initiative to showcase agricultural produce intrinsic to the sustainability of the Goan region. Based on an open call, participants can showcase produce, fermented and cured foods, artisanal food and beverages, local recipes or any practices that they feel can help build awareness about sustainability in the region. Talking of sustainability, the Festival will be conducting a series of workshops with the local community settled in and around the St. Inez Creek in Panjim to help sensitize the public about the role such waterbodies play in their surrounding environment. Finally, these workshops will give way to a community theatre near the creek based on the popular Konkani poem, Bebeanchem Kazar or Wedding of the Frogs. This play will be directed by Sunil Shanbag under the curation of Arundhati Nag. Abiding by its mandate of encouraging community-led and community-engaged learning through the arts, the Festival, will have several workshops for people of all ages. A project titled Nhoi, meaning river in Konkani, curated by Rhea D’Souza & Elizabeth Kemp. This project is about the River Mandovi and the stories and communities around the river, their livelihoods and sustenance, the multitude of issues the river faces today. Exclusively facilitated through the library network, the project has involved 13 diverse communities across Goa, with a series of drawings and story-gathering workshops
Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Founder Patron, Serendipity Arts Foundation, on this occasion, said, “When we started Serendipity Arts Festival, we had a vision of showcasing the holistic synergy of the arts, intrinsically from the South Asian region. We wanted to make the arts more accessible and inclusive and bring it to the people in the most unexpected of places. In that regard, we have been successful in creating an additional centre for the arts in Goa, where we can create the infrastructure to support a multitude of art lovers for eight days in December.”
About coming back in Goa for the fourth time Ms. Smriti Rajgarhia, Director, Serendipity Arts Foundation said, “The fourth edition of the festival hopes to bring many diverse voices to the fore. From archival shows to experimental projects, from commissioned work to performance art, we are furthering our mandate of creating a robust programme that is accessible and inclusive for everyone. We are coming back with a vision to bring attention to the arts and make it a part of our daily lives. We hope to present a holistic set of programmes that will engage you, be experiential and become narratives expressed through the voice of creativity and innovation.”
Like always, Serendipity Arts Festival remains committed to fostering leadership in the arts via inclusive, educational and accessible projects with artistic quality and curatorial integrity. The Special Projects programming particularly focused on emphasizing transforming the way the public interacts and responds to the arts across demographics.
Along with the creative aspects, the festival also aims to have a broader spectrum of engagement, offering complete access to the arts and greater creative inclusion through a number of workshops and Special Projects like Senses 4.0 by Siddhant Shah. These workshops will be a combination of tactile art, workshops, curated walks and activities aiming to make the festival more accessible to differently-abled visitors and school children from the locality. This year, the focus will be on mental health. The Festival also has a more robust volunteer plan for 2019 with volunteers from across the country and especially Goa, who will be trained and oriented thoroughly to be operations ready in advance for the festival.
Location: Serendipity Arts Foundation, Panjim, Goa, India
Date: 15 Dec 2019 – 22 Dec 2019
Time: 10:00 – 18:00
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