28th September 2018
A bigger, brighter Serendipity Arts Festival launches with performance and contemporary art dialogue in Mumbai

The Serendipity Arts Foundation launched the Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 with a well attended evening event and performance of ‘The Dark Lord’ by Rukmini Vijayakumar and The Raadha Kalpa Dance Company, at the The Royal Opera House Mumbai on 27 September 2018. This was followed by symposium on contemporary art in India ‘Common Ground: Location and Memory in Arts Practices’ at the Goethe Institut, Mumbai on 28 September.

Ms. Smriti Rajgarhia, Director, Serendipity Arts Festival introduced this year’s 14 Festival curators, representing Visual Arts, Photography, Culinary Arts, Craft, Music, Dance, and Theatre, saying “We are really proud to announce the third edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival with these unique lead-up events in Mumbai that demonstrate the diversity of this year’s festival. They highlight our strong commitment to collaboration across the creative disciplines, and further our vision of expanding the scope and depth of our festival with each passing year to be more inclusive, educational and accessible, whilst maintaining artistic rigour and quality.  The Serendipity Arts Festival 2018 will unite artists, disciplines, and creative processes from across the country and truly celebrate the culture of the subcontinent,”

Founder of the Serendipity Arts Foundation Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal addressed the audience at the end of the performance emphasising the importance of arts and culture in India’s society, and the Festival’s commitment to accessibility and arts education, as well as the diversity and artistic integrity of this year’s projects. Speaking about the event Mr Munjal said, “This was a really fantastic event to kick off this year’s festival, we’re delighted by the huge support we received from the audience in Mumbai, and were excited to showcase the diversity of projects we’ll have in Goa this December.

Over 90 projects will be presented at Serendipity Arts Festival 2018, which will be held in Goa from 15-22 December 2018. Showcasing the visual, culinary and performing arts and accompanied by collateral programming including panel discussions, children’s programmes, and workshops for the differently abled. These initiatives are an integral part of the Foundation’s key mission of making the arts accessible whilst also energising arts production, awareness and practice across South Asia.

In its previous two editions, the event attracted more than 600,000 visitors creating significant impact and contributing to the cultural regeneration of Panaji. This year’s programming continues to honour the culture and the arts of the Festival’s host city, with special events to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Panaji redefining heritage sites and architectural icons through creative and community focused projects.

An initiative of the Serendipity Arts Foundation, founded in 2016 by Mr Sunil Kant Munjal, the Festival’s third edition is focused on fostering cultural development, supporting emerging artists across South Asia and is unique as the only arts event in the country that unites the creative disciplines.

The first two editions of the event transformed Goa and received an extremely positive reception from the public, redefining perceptions of the arts whilst also energising arts production, awareness and practice across the country.

Showcasing performative, visual, and culinary practices, this year’s Festival has been designed to create a balance between artistic rigour and accessibility. Projects will unite art forms from different parts of the country, diluting regional divisions and encouraging cross-cultural exchange.

Highlights of this year’s event include, theatre performances designed for children, large scale public installations in the visual arts and photography, a variety outdoor and evening music performances, culinary workshops and tastings, as well as a range of specially commissioned projects across disciplines which will be exclusive to Serendipity Arts Festival 2018.

Image: Still from ‘The Dark Lord’ by Rukmini Vijayakumar and The Raadha Kalpa Dance Company, Courtesy The Raadha Kalpa Dance Company and The Serendipity Art Festival