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Kala Ghoda Arts Festival Mumbai

(Last Updated 05 Aug, 2021)

  • Dates :

    06/02/2021 - 14/02/2021

  • Location :

    Mumbai, Maharashtra

And just when everyone thought Mumbai couldn't get more amazing, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival sneaked in and turned the table like a boss. Every year on February's first Saturday, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is an iconic art and craft gathering of Asia, organized by the Kala Ghoda Association, a non-profit organization. It is a festive gathering that reflects plenty of events under the theme of history, art, and craft. Under the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival theme, numerous section programs set the pace and mood. This grand celebration is an amalgamation of the vibrant spectrum of colors, traditions, and culture. You must attend the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 in Mumbai if you consider yourself the art connoisseur. This year, it is going to stream online on Insider.

This unique art festival in 2021 is gracefully celebrating its 22nd-year legacy. Many corporate sponsors are associated with the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. The objective of celebrating the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is to refurbish and preserve the arts district of Mumbai - Kala Ghoda. Many sponsors and local authorities are clustered together for spreading multi-cultural awareness through unique events for those who don't have many opportunities to be exposed to culture.

History of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival history is associated with the Kala Ghoda Association's formation. It was formed on 30 October 1998 to maintain and preserve the art and heritage district of South Mumbai. From its first celebration in 1999, the Kala Ghoda Festival's popularity has constantly been growing and attracting locals and international tourists. Kala Ghoda is a crescent-shaped location which is referred to as Mumbai's Art District. The place houses many museums, funky galleries, exquisite boutiques. The name Kala Ghoda means "A Black Horse.", which refers to the black stone statue of Prince of Wales - King Edward VII riding the horse in Kala Ghoda district. It was the year 1965 when his statue got removed by the local authorities.

Location of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival is organized in the Kala Ghoda district, known as the famous art district of Mumbai.

Duration of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 will be gracing Mumbai for 9 days. Throughout the 9 days extravaganza, you can indulge in a promising line of dance, music, literature, heritage, workshops, comedy, and much more! So, what are you waiting for?

Dates of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021

Even though it will be held online, the duration of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 will be from 6 February 2021 - 14 February 2021. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival will become the hotbed of differentiating themes, from poetry to dance and filmmaking and comedy, and much more. Both local and international tourists will be witnessing the exciting events of different themes. If you are amongst the artsy people, or you consider yourself the art patrons, bookmark the dates of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021.

Timings of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival will be held daily from 6 February 2021 - 14 February 2021 between 10 AM to 10 PM. Timings might fluctuate a little.

Entry Ticket For Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

The entry ticket For Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 will be free of cost. So, head over there! However, you can shop several souvenirs from the stalls inside the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival venues at your own expense. Also, the entry of visitors would be restricted depending upon the venue's capacity.

Sections of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

February 2021 will mark the 22nd edition of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. All the events that would be taking place will be divided into 13 categories. Let's unfurl all the sections of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021:

1. Dance

Get your happy feet on at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 because there will be 55 dance events (approx.). The theme of the dance will be unique, ranging from international dance types to Indian classical. Indulge in different dance events at Maidan Cross at Mahatma Gandhi Road, Churchgate.

2. Food

Grab a hearty meal because the food is always loved in any festival or event. In this edition of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021, exciting food walks, food stalls await you! Make sure you see the highlight and significance of local ingredients and dishes. The food section will be highly focusing on local Mumbai food and its ingredients. Learn about what makes Indian cuisine trendier. Apart from this, it will be a culinary venture because several food stalls will be giving you knowledge about distinct cuisines.

3. For Children

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival will be a super cool event that is getting everything kids are looking for. They will be here with their 22nd edition, and it is definitely going to be bigger and better than ever before. It will also be about the child's world because the Kala Ghoda Association would be organizing 77 events (approx.) for kids that will be amazing and learning at the same time. Make sure your kids participate in this cool event as several workshops and activities would be organized through the 9 days at the Museum of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya. The estimated timing for the kids' section would be11 AM to early evening. The association aims to cover several workshops and activities, from literacy programs to events in local languages, which could be seen at Kitab Khana and Somaiya Bhavan.

4. Cinema

Calling out all the cinema buffs out there, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival will be featuring several offbeat genre movies, from LGBTQ films to regional language films or offbeat stories. Cinephiles would have appropriate moments of discussions regarding cinema, acting. Plus, expect to see your favorite stars at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021, gracing the stage of panel discussions and motivating a loving cinema audience. Coomaraswamy Hall and Visitors' Centre at CSMVS will be transformed into mini theatres.

5. Heritage Walks

One of the best sections of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021, Heritage Walks, would be creating awareness amongst the citizens regarding key historic areas within South Mumbai. If you want to explore the rich cultural and architectural heritage of Mumbai, which are not yet on the tourist radar, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 got you covered with a bus tour for heritage walks. Make sure you book your seats in advance, as there will be hundreds of heritage walk enthusiasts just like you!

6. Literature

You will be definitely psyched for this section at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021. Book launches, poetry sessions, discussion with authors will be the highlight of this literature section. The literature events will be held at David Sassoon Library (DSL), keeping the primary subjects of 2021 in the center; seeing ourselves, a tryst with democracy, India's place in the new world disorder, and a clean lens on the city. Make sure you attend the literature event in Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 if you consider yourself Bibliophiles, Bookworms. There will be panel discussions, book launches, debates with several renowned authors. In short, it is going to be a power-packed event for those who want to become authors, poets, and something similar.

7. Music

Seriously, you need to catch this section in Kala Ghoda Art Festival 2021. An eye-opening extravaganza, a music concert will be an amalgamation of different insects with genres, from classical Indian to English classical, Marathi classical, and even Sufi. Various renowned musicians and singers would be gracing Cross Maidan's event, while a few music events will line up at Asiatic Library Steps. You must land up at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 to indulge in a celebration of soulful music.

8. Theatre

A "Sangam'' of nuance Theatre is another event in Kala Ghoda Arts Festival that will blow your mind. Head over for theatre extravaganza gathering, with 35 plays (approx.) in various languages, from Marathi to Hindi to English and Parsi and Gujarati, and more. This art and festival will introduce the leading artists and theatre under one 3 roofs - MC Ghia Hall (Kala Ghoda), National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), and Horniman Circle Gardens. Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 is an amazing celebration where the otherwise entertainment starved Mumbai locals and tourists will get the chance to watch shows by some of the famous Bollywood celebrities. You can't miss out on this exciting fest, so be there if you call yourself the true blue theatre enthusiasts.

9. Visual Arts

Celebrating its 21 years of creativity, indoor and outdoor visual arts works are the center of attraction in Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 in February. Visitors will be amazed by the art installations at Horniman Circle Garden, Cross Maidan, Artists Centre at K Dubash Marg, and the Art Entrance at Army-Navy Building. A plethora of multiple creative things will blow your mind, from paintings to drawing to nature arts.

10. Stalls

Buckle up all you shoppers out there, foodies, because you will be a constant retreat for 9 days at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 stalls. You can blissfully shop in the 22nd edition till you drop anything from 150 stalls (approx.). An oodle of local artisans and craftsmen sell art pieces, hand made bags, mats, etc. Every year, thousands of people throng to the stalls to buy the first pick of the items. There will be booths lined up along Kala Ghoda and in the traffic triangle outside Jehangir Art Gallery. We have marked our calendars already, what about you?

11. Urban Design and Architecture

Don't miss the Urban Design and Architecture event at Kala Ghoda Art Festival in February 2021. There will be a gathering of innovative minds who will be talking and discussing interview hacks, discussions about manifesting techniques in accordance with current seniors of the world. Architecture lovers and writers would be amazed that several filmmakers and artists will teach you by telling their experiences to form their respective films. So serious creative people, this is something you can't miss at Max Mueller Bhavan.

12. Stand Up Comedy

Witness the hilarious stand-up comedy at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival. Tickle your funny bones for 4 days between 3 February 2021 - 6 February 2021. New comedians and legend comedians will be performing in the events at Irish House at Dubash Marg. This February, celebrate Valentine's with a dose of laughter. Go ahead, and laugh till you drop.

13. Workshop

Workshops allow learning new skills, gain new knowledge - either for adults or kids. It helps to excel the success to massive heights. You will learn the skills to foster your life's growth. Your kids will learn how to become smart and improve their focusing skills. Guess what? The price entry fees of workshops at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 is free. Before you visit, inquire about the capacity of the Artists' Centre, Somaiya Centre, and Artisans.

Festival Venues of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Due to its increasing popularity over the last years, the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival  would be organized in more than one venue. Learn about the venues for organizing the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021:

  • The National Gallery of Modern Art auditorium
  • The David Sassoon Library garden
  • The CSMVS lawns and auditoriums
  • The Museum in Mumbai
  • The Cross Maidan
  • The MC Ghia Hall
  • The Horniman Circle garden
  • The Max Mueller Bhavan Gallery
  • The Tata store at the Army and Navy Building
  • The Cafeteria at Westside
  • The street area and the parking lot of Kaikashru Dubash Marg or the Rampart Row

How to Reach Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

In order to reach the Kala Ghoda Arts district where this festival will be held, opt for non-stop flights, trains to Mumbai from all the major metro cities like Bhopal. Jaipur, Lucknow, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, etc. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport serves as the international airport. Mumbai Central Railway Station is also well connected with major metro Indian states and towns. Tourists living in and around Pune, Lonavala, Nasik, Ahmedabad, Goa, Hyderabad can come via road journey through bus or private vehicle.

Places to Stay Nearby Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

For luxurious staycation amenities, choose to stay between Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, The Oberoi, JW Marriott Mumbai. While the affordable accommodations include; Suncity Apollo Hotel, Sea Palace Hotel, Ascot Hotel. Pick the ones that best suit your budget after checking the price on the hotel's official website or on different travel portals.

Where to Eat Nearby Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Eating is such an integral part of foodies. Get your fix of heavenly food at the venues of Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2021 at various food stalls. On the other hand, food-holics can eat scrumptious street delights at Gateway of India food vendors. The Kala Ghoda Arts Festival venues 2021 will be a short distance away from the Gateway of India.

Tourists Attractions in and around Kala Ghoda Mumbai

This arts festival is going to be held in the Art district of Mumbai. Kala Ghoda is a place in South Mumbai which lines designer cafes, sidewalk art stalls, art galleries, museums, etc. A few of the best tourist attractions in and around Kala Ghoda is; Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Church of St Andrew, Naval Dockyard. If you wish to explore nearby attractions in Kala Ghoda, visit Gateway of India, Chowpati, Juhu Beach, Marine Drive, etc.

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