City festivals you can’t afford to miss
It may be the financial capital of the country, where people hardly have time after the long hours at work and the two-hour train rides to office and back. Yet, Mumbai knows how to unwind and do it with passion. Whether your area of interest is theatre, art or cinema, there's something for you on the city’s culture calendar.art and culture Updated: Jun 23, 2012 14:44 IST
It may be the financial capital of the country, where people hardly have time after the long hours at work and the two-hour train rides to office and back. Yet, Mumbai knows how to unwind and do it with passion. Whether your area of interest is theatre, art or cinema, there's something for you on the city’s culture calendar.
1. Literature Live!
It may not have the scale or the exotic appeal of the Jaipur Literature Festival, yet The Mumbai LitFest gives book lovers in the city plenty to cheer about. Over four days, events range from poetry readings to book launches to panel discussions where Chetan Bhagat must defend his brand of literature. The second edition in 2011 was most memorable for an uncharacteristically animated Vikram Seth reading one of his poems.
2. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
Over the years, it has become one of the most eagerly awaited events on the cultural calendar of Mumbai. And even though every year it threatens just a little more to be overtaken by stalls selling curios and quirky T-shirts, it offers a lot for everyone to enjoy — from film screenings to heritage walks to workshops in tea appreciation and growing your own garden.
3. Mahindra Blues Festival
In its two editions so far, the festival has managed to gather a niche audience of music lovers. Top artistes at the two-day event in 2012 included iconic Chicago blues singer Buddy Guy, multiple Grammy winner Taj Mahal and the music band from Shillong, Soulmate.
Mehboob Studios, Bandra
4. Writers’ Bloc
The festival celebrating original writing and theatre returned after five years. Mumbai-based group Rage, in association with London’s Royal Court Theatre, conducted a workshop with playwrights, following which the plays were staged at the festival. This year featured plays in English, Hindi and Marathi.
NCPA, Prithvi Theatre
5. Celebrate Bandra
It’s only fitting that Mumbai’s most happening suburb (nightlife-crackdown notwithstanding) should have a festival of its own. For 16 days, Bandra wears a carnival-esque look, with music, dance, theatre etc. at Carter Road promenade and Bandra Fort, among other locations. Of course, you can’t miss the wine-tasting festival that everyone wants to be at.
6. Mumbai Film Festival
The week-long celebration of cinema has film lovers sit down with the calendar, mark what they want to watch and collectively sigh over clashing screenings. With 150 films from over 40 countries (including Oscar winner The Artist, that would come to theatres much, much later), the 13th edition made us all want to own time-turners.
Where: Cinemax Versova and other theatres.
7. Mumbai Wine Tasting Festival
Nothing says you’re a man or woman of taste like knowing your wines. In its third year, the festival had plenty to offer for wine connoisseurs or those just learning to swirl, smell, sip, swish. Over two days, there are Indian and international wines, along with finger foods, to taste, and even grapes to stomp.
Radio Club, Colaba