Serendipity Arts Festival is a multidisciplinary arts festival on the banks of the river Mandovi in Panaji,
Goa. A cultural experience in itself, the festival brings together visual, performing and culinary arts.
Curated by a panel of artists and institutional figures, this second edition will feature over 70 art
projects including 40 projects that are commissioned specifically for the festival.

We believe that our future is directly linked to creative thinking and that art has the power to propel
society forward by provoking, questioning and breaking barriers. Therefore, our intention is to expose
more people to art, address issues such as art education, patronage culture and interdisciplinary

Serendipity Arts Festival is also an attempt to close the gap between creators and their audiences,
create an immersive discourse between both and perhaps enable them to chance upon ideas that change
the way we view the world forever.

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Highlights for 2017


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 as relevant photographic media

Curated by Dinesh Khanna and Prashant Panjiar.


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.

Curated by Manjari Nirula and Annapurna Garimella.

Visual Arts

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.

Curated by Ranjit Hoskote and Riyas Komu.


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.

Curated by Lillete Dubey and Anuradha Kapur.


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.

Curated by Shubha Mudgal and Ranjit Barot.


Classical and contemporary dance forms are explored in new and interpretive ways through a compelling blend of commissioned pieces featuring emerging talent, as well as luminaries in the field.

Curated by Sanjeev Bhargava and Tanusree Shankar.

Culinary Arts

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.

Curated by Odette Mascarenhas and Manu Chandra.


Kickstarting the summer, Serendipity Arts Trust initiated Dharti, our first artist residency. Taking inspiration from the idea of ‘The Self in Self-Sufficiency”, Dharti provides a platform for creative sustainable development where the art, the artist and the community co-exist and foster connections across a wide spectrum of people and networks. Our 6 artists-in-residence works’ will be showcased at Serendipity Arts Festival 2017.

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