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art-and-culture Updated: Feb 18, 2012 01:44 IST

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Dance like a woman
Make time this week to attend DanzLenz, a bouquet of eight dance films featuring the works of acclaimed American artist Maida Withers, whose stage and film works reveal an ongoing interest in social and political issues. Juxtaposing dance and technology, these short films seek to reflect a range of issues on screen. Withers’ latest series features Dance Portraits on Screen, including Maida 1, which straddles the worlds of fire and water, Maida II uses animation and humour to highlight the artist’s life while Tzveta I and Tzveta II are about the life of a brilliant Bulgarian dancer. February 22, India Habitat Centre, call 24682001 for details

A Trans-Atlantic adventure
Twenty years ago, aeronauts Tomás Feliu and Jesus González Green, broke world records and set a milestone in the history of aerostation travel in a hot air balloon following the route that Columbus took when he discovered the New World. Celebrating the anniversary of the Atlantic crossing from Spain to America, Tomás’ sister Lola Feliu, who helped organise the project, is presenting the documentary shot during the trip showcasing all the perils and intricacies of the record-breaking journey. Feb 21, Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi, 48, Hanuman Rd, CP, call 43681900


Framed in a conflict zone
Born and brought up in Assam, self-taught photographer Kausiki Sarma travelled across North East India for four years, researching its key issues. Documenting the strife-ridden region, Sarma says the journey was a quest for identity. Titled The Vignettes of Resilience: Armed Conflict and Women in North East India, the photographs are a result of two projects based in North East India. They portray testimonies of women affected by armed violence across Nagaland, Manipur and Assam. Feb 18-24, Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate. Call 43500200

Scripting a journey
The Qalamkaari Creative Calligraphy Trust (QCCT) with India International Centre and National Council for Promotion of Urdu Language is organising its First International Calligraphy Festival. Artists from across the world will conduct workshops on calligraphy. Qamar Dagar, founder director of QCCT uses Urdu and Hindi in her work — “a natural coming together of the two scripts.” Feb 24-March 1, Art Gallery, IIC Annexe Building, call 24619431


Getting away
Bid a lazy adieu to winter with a weekend of sun, sand, music and adventure sports at Escape Delhi’s two-day long Spring on the Ridge festival. An outdoor festival, Spring on the Ridge will take music-lovers deep into the beautiful Aravalli hills for a weekend full of live performances and fun activities. Apart from the tunes of Swaggamuffin (Trippy Tuesdays) and Delhi Soul Explosion (UK), the festival will provide entertainment with Paintball fights, rock climbing and rappelling, assault courses, hiking in the Aravalli hills, barbecues, campfires, lazy afternoons in the sun and luxurious camping facilities. Feb 25-26, campsite in the Aravallis, contact 9999438784/ info@escapedelhi.com for details