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Your Events Calendar For The Next Few Months

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Eesha Kulkarni

Heralded as one of the most diverse, colourful, and culture-rich countries in the world, it’s no wonder that India is quickly climbing the ranks to becoming one of the hottest destinations to attend art and cultural festivals, exhilarating music concerts and immersive events showcasing local traditions, music, architecture, artsmanship and history. From high-octane music festivals like Lollapalooza marking its debut in India, to renowned annual shows including the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and the India Art Fair gearing up to reclaim their pre-pandemic glory, there is no dearth of exciting events to attend in the upcoming months.

Looking at the swarms of people from all over the world vying to attend these festivals in India, it’s safe to say that the live events arena is only going to get bigger and better with every passing year. If you, like us, are eager to swap the pandemic slump for fun-packed music concerts and art festivals, read on to know what’s slated in the next few months.

NH7 weekender

Venue: Mahalakshmi Lawns, Pune

Dates: 25 to 27 November 2022

Sponsored by Bacardi, NH7 Weekender is a highly-awaited three-day music festival held in numerous Indian cities—primarily in Pune—every year, with an impressive lineup of indie and international artists performing multiple stages. Designed, produced and set up by the booming entertainment company, Only Much Louder (OML Entertainment), the music festival is on its way to achieving Coachella-level status with its dazzling roster of international musicians, growing number of young concertgoers and its incubator-like platform discovering and amplifying India’s freshest local indie sounds. Go grab your tickets now for a weekend full of lively music, cool crowds, lip smacking food and delicious drinks.

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Magnetic Fields Festival

Venue: Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

Dates: 9 to 11 December 2022

Magnetic Fields Festival is a three-day contemporary and future-forward music festival held in Alsisar, Rajasthan. Started by Abhimanyu Alsisar in 2013, the daliesque music festival is back after a two-year hiatus with a lineup better than ever. Hosted at the Alsisar Mahal, the carnival transports you to a pulsating world of the international underground music scene. The annual event promises breathtaking visuals and a taste of Rajasthani culture, heritage and hospitality married with contemporary culture and young energy. Juxtaposed against the traditional Indian architecture, which allows you to live amongst the scions of former kings and gaze at the stars in tents while doing yoga, the festival brings in international artists to contrast this ambience with modern, high-octane electronic and techno musical performances. This year’s exciting lineup of artists include Four Tet, Anthony Naples, Chloe Robinson & Hamza Rahimtula, 15 Years of Hessle Audio with Ben UFO & Pearson Sound, Pangaea, Young Maroc and Saoirse, to name a few.

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Jaipur Literature Festival

Venue: Jaipur, Rajasthan

Dates: 19 to 23 January 2023

Dubbed as the ‘greatest literary show on earth,’ Jaipur Literature Festival convenes a diverse range of some of the greatest international writers, thinkers, activists, political leaders, businessmen, sportspeople, nobel laureates, foreign dignitaries and entertainers all under one grand roof to celebrate creativity, ignite and exchange valuable ideas, dialogue and debate. The exhilarating festival, which is a free, unticketed extravaganza, offers a wide range of activities for attendees like film, theatre, poetry and live music.

The annual festival, which had modest beginnings in 2006 with just 18 writers including William Dalrymple, Namita Gokhale, Shobhaa De and Hari Kunzru participating, and around 100 spectators in attendance, has now burgeoned into the biggest literary event in the world, boasting over 100,000 attendees.

The audience can also enjoy a music festival running parallel to the literature festival, featuring multi genre musicians from across the world performing ghazals, rock, jazz or the blues to further elevate the experience. Be sure to bookmark these dates in your calendar if you want to immerse yourself in the world of creative arts for five days straight.

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Location: To be announced

Dates: 28 to 29 January 2023

It indeed is panning out to be a happy new year for music fans ever since the iconic live music festival Lollapalooza announced the dates of its grand Asian debut in India a few months ago. Renowned as the ultimate destination for music lovers and concertgoers, the multigenre festival boasts a roster of some of the biggest names in the world of music, including Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine with headliners like Dua Lipa, Metallica, J. Cole, Green Day, J-Hope and Tomorrow X Together in recent times.

The three-decade-old music festival was started by alternative rock band Jane’s Addiction member Perry Farrell in 1991 at Grant Park in Chicago, revolutionising the live music scene forever. The event, which is now a mecca of alternative culture, music and lifestyle, is celebrated in over 8 countries and promises the Indian edition to be ‘history in the making’.

The two-day spectacle in Mumbai will feature 40 musical acts across four stages, and also offer art, fashion, and culinary repertoires. Produced by Perry Farrell, William Morris, Endeavor Entertainment, C3 Presents, and BookMyShow, the final lineup and ticket information will be disclosed soon. So, if you have been longing to return to normalcy and attend live concerts two long years after the COVID-19 debacle, this is your chance!

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Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Location: Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

Dates: Around 5 to 12 February 2023

Founded in 1999 by the Kala Ghoda Association, the beloved Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is known as one India’s biggest multidisciplinary street art festivals held in South Mumbai every year. The bustling Kala Ghoda district, which is a melting pot of cultures and art in the city owing to its assemblage of heritage buildings, museums, art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and educational institutions, hosts the annual festival in February. Spanning over nine days, beginning from the first Saturday of the month to the next Sunday, the event attracts fashion designers, architects, artists, food connoisseurs and other creatives from not just India but all over the world, furthering the legacy of the iconic festival.

The Kala Ghoda Festival celebrates and promotes art and works of upcoming artists as well as preserves the historical and cultural heritage of the bustling area. People can attend the festival free of any charge, soak in all the street art, architecture, theatre, music concerts and awe-inspiring installations and even support local artisans and craftsmen by purchasing works sprawled across hundreds of stalls and exhibits. To advocate for the cause, the association puts the funds raised from the festival every year towards fulfilling the conservation and restoration goals shouldered by them in the Kala Ghoda precinct.

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Sula Wine Festival

Venue: Sula Vineyards, Nashik

Dates: Exact dates to be announced, February 2023

The famed Sula Festival is an annual event held at the gorgeous Sula Vineyards in Nashik, the wine capital of India. Nestled against the backdrop of the serene rolling hills, amidst sprawling grape farms enveloped by blue waters of the Gangapur lake, the exciting weekend festival is something out of a postcard. Featuring hundreds of musical artists performing live, tonnes of delectable food, free-flowing wine and fun activities like grape stomping and master classes by in-house winemakers and sommeliers, next year’s Sula Fest is what dreams are made of.

Established by Rajeev Samant in 1999, Sula Vineyards played a pioneering role in establishing India on the world’s wine map. Samant is also an ardent environmentalist, which is why everything at Sula is executed keeping sustainability and the company’s impact on earth in mind.

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India Art Fair

Venue: NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla, New Delhi

Dates: 9 to 12 Feb 2023

Founded in 2008 with the vision to promote modern and contemporary Indian art, India Art Fair (IAF) is one of South Asia’s biggest internationally known art fairs and platforms, uplifting the region’s cultural landscape. Through the event, IAF honours the art community and elevates the social and cultural fabric of not just the city, but the entire country. Marking its post-COVID return to a physical format after a two-year hiatus, India Art Fair 2022 took place in May this year at NSIC Exhibition Grounds in New Delhi and is coming back for seconds next year.

Featuring an impressive roster of galleries and artists, private foundations and museums, artists’ collectives and institutions, cultural events and festivals, the annual art fair is held under the new leadership of Fair Director Jaya Asokan. Started with an aim to place the thriving Indian art scene on the global map, the IAF organises extensive art programmes both online and offline, including educational initiatives, artist commissions, pop-up programmes and exhibitions running all year round. From New York’s Aicon Contemporary to Kerala’s non-profit institution, Kochi Biennale Foundation, the India Art Fair 2022 featured the works of distinctive art galleries from India and abroad, and we can’t wait to see what they have in store for us in 2023!

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