Serendipity Arts Festival Set To Return To Goa’s Capital After Two Years


Serendipity Arts Festival 2022, by the Serendipity Arts Foundation, will be held in December in Panaji, Goa. Here are all the details. By Anushka Goel

Serendipity Arts Festival is set to be back soon, and Serendipity Arts Foundation, a not-for-profit that organizes the festival, recently announced the lineup for this year. The foundation is conceptualized with a vision to energise arts production, awareness, and practice across South Asia, and the fifth edition of this flagship event will be held in Panaji, Goa, from December 15, 2022, till December 22, 2022.

Serendipity Arts Festival 2022: What you need to know

The festival will feature a line-up of immersive and interdisciplinary programs that have been conceptualized by a panel of distinguished curators spanning across the performing, visual, and culinary arts and crafts. This is the first time in two years that the festival is happening on-ground, after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival will be spread across 10 venues, with the Old GMC Palace at its heart. Serendipity Arts Festival will also continue to uphold its values ​​of sustainability, inclusivity and accessibility, with a marketplace that focuses on homegrown, sustainable products and produce workshops, a press release with Travel + Leisure India & South Asia states.

The section on craft will feature Pramod Kumar KG highlighting the world of specialist books on the art history of India through a uniquely immersive exhibition, while Anjana Somany will enliven the world of craft and its rich traditions of materiality through space-making. Quasar Thakore Padamsee will helm the Theater segment, which is set to showcase an eclectic selection of plays. Prahlad Sukhtankar will curate the Culinary quotient of Serendipity Arts Festival through community meals and a series of workshops decoding food as we know it.

The Music section is set to be curated by Bickram Ghosh and Ehsaan Noorani, and will feature a wide range of concerts across genres of classical, folk, indie pop, and rock. Geeta Chandran and Mayuri Upadhya will put together classical, experimental and contemporary dance performances and workshops, while 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.

Talking about the Festival, Sunil Kant Munjal, Founder Patron, Serendipity Arts Foundation, said, “This festival showcases the many dimensions through which the arts and culture touch and enrich our lives. Through the many diverse programs 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.” Smriti Rajgarhia, Director, Serendipity Arts Foundation, 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. ”

This year, in addition to the core programming, there are many Special Projects that have been lined up. These include a collaborative exhibition between four 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.

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