“Serendipity Arts Festival has gained much attention since our first edition last year, and we have galvanised the arts to gather more momentum than ever before. We hope to see a larger gathering of audiences this year, especially considering that Goa, with its diverse culture and international audience is the perfect destination for such a large display of the arts,” said director, Serendipity Arts Festival, Smriti Rajgarhia while speaking at a press conference held at the Adil Shah Palace on Wednesday. She further added that the venues are seamlessly connected for surface transportation for all guests attending the festival, and we want to ensure that all our venues are accessible and reachable for everyone. “The artist line-up is incredibly exciting, and we hope to see this year’s festival build momentum for many years to come,” said Smriti.
Speaking at the briefing, curator and columnist, Vivek Menezes said that he is delighted to call Panaji ‘a space for the arts’. “This year I am happy to be a part of a landmark exhibition which will be the centrepiece offering which involved over 30 Goan artists and will be on display at Bento Minguel in Fontainhas,” he said.
Managing Director and CEO – Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Ltd, Swayan Chaudhuri stated that Smart City takes pride in associating with SAF Goa 2017. “It is an excellent opportunity for the city of Panaji, where people from all ages gather together. An arts festival of this scale will potentially create opportunities for the city and state alike. Serendipity Arts Festival has created this opportunity for the city and making art accessible,” said Swayan.
Filmmaking is not just an art but also a very precise science believes artist and custodian of the Wirching Archive of Hindi Cinema History, George Wirsching. “We have had the opportunity with the Serendipity Arts Festival to go back in time, look at the thousands of images, including newspaper cuttings, publicity stills and provide the people, especially the younger generation an opportunity to understand how difficult and different filmmaking was in those days in comparison to today,” he said.
(The second edition of SAF 2017 will be held along the banks of the river Mandovi in Panaji from December 15 to December 22. Register to be a part of the festival for free. Details: www.serendipityartsfestival.com)