15th December 2018
Third edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival launches in Goa

The third edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival launched in Goa with a private opening event at the Old Goa Institute of Management, inaugurated by Shri. Govind Gaude, Minister for Art and Culture Goa along with Shri. Dharmendra Sharma, Goa Chief Secretary, Padma Bhushan Laxman Pai, Shivanand Vassudev Salgaocar, Founder of Goa Institute of Management, Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman, Serendipity Arts Foundation and Shefali Munjal, Director, Hero Corporate Service Limited.

Key people from Goa and art industry luminaries attended the evening including Maria Balshaw, Director Tate Museum, Jagdip Jagpal, Director, India Art Fair, Aaron Cezar Director Delfina Foundation, Swati S Salgaocar, Vivek Menezes along with this year’s Festival curators, representing Visual Arts, Photography, Culinary Arts, Craft, Music, Dance, and Theatre. Addressing the evening, Smriti Rajgarhia, Director, Serendipity Arts Festival introduced this year’s Festival to the guests 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.

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. Speaking about the event Mr Munjal said, “The very idea of the Serendipity Arts Festival is to democratise the arts. We wanted to experiment and see what happens when you put different art forms together, making them accessible and inclusive to the public. Goa is one of the most inclusive cultures in the country and we are here to celebrate its inherent diversity. ”

Chief Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar said, “As Goans and as a state we have true appreciation of what they have created as a world class festival celebrating arts and culture. This has added to Goa’s growing reputation as major cultural center of the country and given a big boost to tourism for Goa. Many have benefited from Serendipity Arts Festival, from the art lover to the public, and has become a platform for them to experience all forms of the arts. Goa whole heartedly supports them and we hope they will continue to come here and make this the permanent home for the Serendipity Arts Festival. “

Over 90 projects are being presented at Serendipity Arts Festival 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.