Goa’s Serendipitous Encounters

Goa plunges into a fantastical creative experiment with the Serendipity Arts Festival. The six-day artistic exploration from 15 to 22 December encourages audiences to take a fresh look at life through the perspectives of its multi-disciplinary art forms. Otherwise abandoned buildings are brought to life to create compelling storytelling venues where there’s a free-flowing discourse between the artist and viewer. As always the curators across all forms whether art, dance, theatre, and food have done a splendid exercise in unfolding rich, cultural experiences. This year, Goa takes focus with a sizeable portfolio of the festival exploring local culture and traditions.

Here’s a look at the Goa on display:

Get Crafty

Barefoot School of Art: Made in Goa

Venue: Art Park (Children’s Park)

Dates: 15-22 December

Seeking to raise awareness about the importance of our continued and collective engagement with local environments, the Made in Goa exhibit is an architectural competition that showcases the final 15 entries.

The Pano Bhaju: Influences and Inspirations

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Wendell Rodricks explores the origins of the Pano Bhaju

Venue: Adil Shah Palace

Dates: 15 to 22 December

Designer Wendell Rodricks journeys the historical silk route to trace the inspirations behind the Pano Bhaju. The costume used by Goan women for ceremonial occasions like singing the mando, finds it’s origins from across the Far East.

Culinary Fare

The Coconut Story

(A glimpse at Goa’s traditional grinding methods)

(A glimpse at Goa’s traditional grinding methods)

Venue: Art Park

Dates: 15 to 22 December

No Goan cuisine is replete without the coconut. Eat a splendid Goan culinary fare as local establishments entice your appetite with this adaptable ingredient.

Visual Stimulus

St+art Goa

(Say hello to these life-size locals)

(Say hello to these life-size locals)

Venue: Across Goa

Dates: 15-22 December

Goa’s urban landscape is dotted with street art interventions in the form of huge cutouts. Don’t be surprised if you bump into one of them on your walk through the city.

 

Mapping Mapusa Market

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(Orjit Sen takes you on a visual journey through Mapusa Market)

(Orjit Sen takes you on a visual journey through Mapusa Market)

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Venue: Adil Shah Palace

Dates: 15 to 22 December

Goa’s Mapusa Market captures the imagination of artist Orjit Sen to produce a body of work that interprets the myriad tales that are woven into its rich soci-cultural fabric. His graphic narration of what transpires takes the views straight into the busy marketplace on a Friday.

 

The Invisible River of Konkani Surrealism

(Goan Artists explore surrealistic themes)

(Goan Artists explore surrealistic themes)

Venue: Bento Miguel

Dates: 15 to 22 December

Goan noted artists give expression to surrealistic thoughts at this year’s festival. 30 artists come together for a massive production that speaks in various media shedding the much-needed light on the local talent.

Photography

Exploring Panjim’s Secrets

Venue: Old GMC Complex

Dates: 15-22 December

Two photographers explore Panjim city and its best-kept secrets. Keep a lookout for the newsletter that will contain these photo essays.

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