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Change of address: Performance venue The Hive to shut and relocate

Bandra’s alternate performance venue, The Hive, is set to shut on November 30. Founder says they’re looking for a new address. Meanwhile, will collaborate with other venues on pop-ups

HT48HRS_Special Updated: Nov 17, 2016 18:35 IST
Manali Shah
The colourful entrance to The Hive
The colourful entrance to The Hive(Photo courtesy: PopSplat.in/HIVE)

Bandra’s alternate performance venue, The Hive, is set to shut on November 30. Founder says they’re looking for a new address. Meanwhile, will collaborate with other venues on pop-ups.

In September 2013, the city’s culture landscape got a boost with the setting up of The Hive, Bandra. The venue soon became a home and breeding ground for all things alternative — be it busking by amateur musicians, an LGBT-friendly art and culture festival, or underground rap battles. And not to forget the experimental: The Hive has hosted a poetry open mic in a dark room, and has seen stand-up comedians try out new material to a small crowd.

Amateur musicians busking at The Hive (Photo courtesy: PopSplat.in/HIVE)

On November 30, The Hive will shut shop. “We now need to relocate to a better facility. While we love the area, sustainability in the current location is the biggest challenge we are facing. For The Hive to grow, it needs to move out of the space,” says Sudeip Nair (36), founder. Nair is looking at Andheri and areas such as Ballard Estate and Fort.

READ MORE: Exclusive: The first look at a new performance venue in Bandra

In the meantime, The Hive will organise a series of pop-up performances across the city. The gigs, called Hive Around Town, will include regional theatre, curated comedy programming, storytelling, workshops and various performances. “We’re in conversation with a few venues,” says Nair.

Actor Kalki Koechlin performs a spoken word piece (Photo courtesy: PopSplat.in/HIVE)

A large part of The Hive’s current programming will shift to Cuckoo Club, The Hive’s black box theatre in Bandra. The venue will host The Big Mic gigs (open mic for poetry, rap, comedy) and, like The Hive, also feature a co-working space and a small canteen. “Depending on the size and layout of the space, we will focus on art, education and technology,” says Nair.

Be there

What: A Hindi play, Hum Kya Chahte, will look at the situation in Kashmir through the points of view of a Kashmiri Pandit, Kashmiri Muslim and a soldier. It will be staged on November 18, 8.15pm

Where: The Hive, Bandra

Call: 96199 62969

Tickets: Rs 250 on bookmyshow.com