If we are to preserve Culture, we must continue to create it.
– Johan Huizinga
7 February (Day 2) at CultureCon will spoil delegates for choice. After an entire day of stimulating panel discussions and intense break out sessions on the cultural sector on Day 1, the CultureCon team will open the doors to Mumbai’s cultural landscape to conference participants.
CultureCon offers visits to three culturally active regions of Mumbai – Andheri, Central Mumbai and Midtown Mumbai. What these regions have to offer are a peek into their amazing cultural spaces and the beautiful stories around them.
Awesome Andheri is led by Harkat Studios, an international arts boutique studio who rightly claims to love films more than absolutely anything else. These passionate storytellers from diverse backgrounds of design, film and business will take participants around to the most creative spaces in Andheri.
This curated route starts with a brief overview of emerging alternate spaces in Andheri, beginning with Harkat themselves. The tour guides will offer insight into their programming and other curatorial interventions. The team at Harkat will then take participants through a mix of very interesting spaces like Maker’s Asylum, a community makerspace focussed on fostering innovation through hands on learning; and Bombay Underground, a collective that promotes zine making and exhibiting culture in India, before they stop for lunch. They’ll continue with their Bombay Darshan to QTP (this will also be a chance to ask Quasar all the unanswered burning questions from the previous day’s panel discussion), Piroja Studio and end their walkthrough at one of the new and largest cultural centers in the city.
Chalo Central is led by the Godrej India Culture Lab team, where they’ll take participants through one of their best kept secrets – The Godrej Archives. The team collects, preserves and manages records covering 121 years of the company’s history with a vision to actively archive and make business history accessible.
From the Archives, the Culture Lab team will take participants to the BEST Bus Museum, a one-of-its-kind museum in Mumbai that will introduce participants to forgotten memories of a Mumbai that first started brimming over with the advent of modern transportation.
The Thane Queer Collective is where the Chalo Central team ends their tour, with an Art Jam.
The third route is across Midtown Mumbai. Mumbai Midtown Arts Collective came together to raise the consciousness of Midtown Mumbai as an arts district in 2018. A walkthrough led by the ACRI team will give CultureCon delegates a sense of this collective and their working, through visits to Piramal Museum of Art and Tao Art Gallery.
The ACRI team has curated a route that’s as diverse as possible by including visits to varied cultural organisations; their next two stops are True School of Music, a Mumbai based music institute that provides foundation and professional music classes for students and the Association of Designers of India.
All three walkthroughs are specially curated for CultureCon delegates and speakers. While delegates will have the chance to explore different organisations and their working models through visits, these alternate spaces and institutes get to present their stories and discuss sectoral issues with a group of experts from the industry.
After the walkthrough, all three groups will move to the beautiful G5A – Foundation for Contemporary Culture, where the curtains come down on CultureCon’s first ever edition at the official closing reception.
The closing reception will consist of a dinner at PORT, the elegant restaurant at G5A, followed by the much acclaimed play – Lal Ded. Directed and performed by Meeta Vasisht, Lal Ded is also our last act of the day!
As the Dutch historian and one of the founders of modern cultural history, Johan Huizinga, rightly said, we must continue to create culture if we are to preserve it. And so the CultureCon team offers yet another day to those most keen amongst the delegates. On the 8 of February, the India Heritage Walk Festival will lead conference delegates through an exclusive Art Deco walk at the Oval after before ending at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival!
Day 3 will end early with a presentation and brunch supported by the Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai at an iconic South Bombay cafe! Stay tuned for more details.