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How about a creative ‘escape’?

music Updated: May 19, 2011 01:17 IST
Sonakshi Babbar
Sonakshi Babbar
Hindustan Times
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Alice tumbled down the rabbit hole. Down, down, down to the Wonderland...

While Alice reached her fantasyland through the 'Rabbit Hole', you can now bid adieu to the boring weekend and 'Escape' to your own Wonderland - a creative getaway to the shores of Lake Naukuchiatal to the Escape Festival Of Arts and Music from 20-22 May.

As you enter The Living Room Café for a preview gig - a black and psychedelic green flier screams - 'escape because you can'. And escape they will. The organizers and fans are super excited, and already quite doped out with the excitement of yet another 'escape'.

"It's the perfect opportunity to get out of the hustle bustle of the city and vent your creative energies in this festival. You just pack your bags, get you booze if you want, have fun, but without forgetting the festival's ethos - to learn about arts," says the man behind the Potheads show, Mama Tochhwang, as he guzzles down his beer.

escapeThese aren't just words. With Tuborg setting up a lakeside stall, its time get high on music and much more. What started, as a farmhouse party for a bunch of culturally inclined youngsters in 2002, has now become India's very own Woodstock. This year the festival lineup is loaded with over 30 bands, and more than 200 hundred artists who are all set to pack their woolens for a trip to hills.

Though the carnival features unlimited music from blues and jazz to rock and hip-hop, its much more than a musical extravaganza. If you are a closet Van Gogh or John Lennon, then don't miss this chance. There're painters (Jatin Das), photographers (Vidura Jang Bahadur), tattoo artists (Sam De), designers (Nitin Bal Chauhan), puppeteer (Varun Narain) and many more cool people to hang out with.

And if the artsy stuff gets a little too much after a while, you can get an adrenaline rush with some kick-ass adventure sports. Also, shopaholics who miss their weekend shopping spree, there's a little something for you too! The locals, who eagerly await the return of the festival' will put up a handicraft stall at the flea market. You can pick up those ethnic skirts, silver trinkets and lots of pretty stuff at awesome prices.

From music stages to art stalls, a patchwork of camping tents or the glimmering lights of the Magic Forest, the lakeside festival is bound to be a sensory feast. So if you want to escape to this 'Wonderland', book your tickets on or just ring up Gary at 7838170001.