The 2019 edition of Serendipity Arts Festival came to an end on Sunday, following a huge turnout of lakhs of people across venues during the festival. Over 100 dynamic projects showcasing the visual, performing and culinary arts, across 12 iconic venues in Panaji, co-presented by Havells and Powered by HDFC ERGO and GMR, the festival has transformed the city into a vibrant cultural space with multiple exhibitions, performances and immersive art experiences involving over 1500 regional and international artists.
One of the key objectives of this year’s Serendipity Arts Festival was to continue being a catalyst for cross-cultural exchange, fostering a sense of unity across disciplines and artforms whilst also erasing regional divisions in the country.
The Goan public and culture enthusiasts visiting the city from across the world were treated to an impressive array of programming including visual arts exhibitions, large-scale photography and craft installations, music performances, panel discussions, film screenings, culinary workshops and theatre performances across venues including the Adil Shah Palace, Old GIM, Old GMC, Old PWD Complex, Children’s (Art) Park and the Institute of Menezes Braganza hall as well as dance and music performances in the evening in SAG Ground and DB Football Ground.
On the final day of the festival director, Serendipity Arts Foundation and Festival, Smriti Rajgarhia said: “It has been an immense experience bringing all the various creative energies from across the world and the South Asia region on one platform for the public to see, experience, re-imagine and interact with. We feel wonderful knowing that the Serendipity Arts Festival has now become an annual festivity of the arts that people dearly await here and those that travel from around the globe to be here.”
Speaking at the occasion founder-patron, Serendipity Arts Foundation, Sunil Kant Munjal said: “At the Serendipity Arts Festival, we give immense importance and take pride in promoting the cultural heritage of the nation and the region that has over five millennia shaped our civilisation and given us roots.”
Also, on popular demand, the exhibition at the Old GIM has been extended for public viewing until January 15, 2020. The visual arts and photography exhibitions this year offered a diverse spectrum of projects, each considering a distinct tenet of artistic practice, from collections, archives and historical works, to performance and street art, and lens-based practices from around South Asia.
Each exhibition presented different aspects of visual arts and lens culture through their curation, as well as projects which focus on indigenous innovations that rest beyond the framework of the mainstream art world. Goa audiences have been exposed to diverse international artists furthering the Festival’s objective of promoting cross-cultural exchange and fostering global dialogue via the arts.