Serendipity Arts Festival 2017
Serendipity Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts event set over a period of eight days in December in the vibrant settings of Panaji, Goa. Curated by a panel of eminent artists and institutional figures, this festival is a long-term cultural project that hopes to affect positive change in the arts in India on a large scale. The Festival also attempts to address pressing issues such as arts education, patronage culture, interdisciplinary discourse and accessibility to the arts. This intensive programme of exhibitions and performances is accompanied by spaces for social and educational engagement.
Serendipity Arts Festival 2017 experimented with site, form, scale, and display, featuring over 70 projects including more than 40 projects commissioned specifically for the Festival, alongside a line-up of scintillating programmes spanning music, dance, theatre, visual arts and culinary arts. In addition to the curated events, we believe in collaborations that can give the Festival varied perspectives. As a result, SAF 2017 saw an exciting array of Special Projects which highlight our institutional collaborations.
Apart from bringing acclaimed Indian theatre performances to the festival,this year we look at immersive, physical, urban popular and experimental forms of theatre which question spectatorship and audience participation.urban popular and experimental forms of theatre.
Moving away from traditional musical performances,we examine innovations in music using technological interventions and a myriad of genres and styles.Showcasing national and international excellence through different forms, while exploring interdisciplinarity.
This year’s dance programming expands its focus from last year to explore classical and contemporary dance forms in new and interpretive ways. The programming will be an energetic and compelling blend of commissioned pieces featuring emerging talent.
Moving away from the idea of food as sustenance alone, we appreciate cuisine as an art form through curated dinners and workshops. Focusing on local produce and regional flavours, we experience the playful, engaging and magical aspects of eating.
Focusing on interdisciplinarity, this year’s projects address topics ranging from environmentalism to the history of Indian jazz. Through collaborative shows with eminent people and institutions, we explore film, photobooks, and projection.
We address different media and forms of art such as street art, public art, and current contemporary art practices, in an effort to engage with the subcontinent in both a young contemporary as well as archival context.
A large part of the focus of this year’s craft programme is towards Goan craft and architecture as a long term engagement with the region. In addition, we explore specific motifs and forms across various techniques and types of craft practiced in the region.