Capital gears up for an artsy week ahead

The capital will witness a celebration of arts with the fourth season of the Contemporary Arts Week, this October. Now back with its fourth season- beginning October 15th to the 22nd – CAW is an annual art festival organised by an NGO- Friends of Art that welcomes artists and audiences of all age groups.


A vision commonly shared by the dynamic duo Shohini Dutta and Pankaj Bajaj, to provide a platform for artists and like-minded people to come together and celebrate contemporary arts

This initiative is a conscious effort to encourage audiences to explore a variety of different Arts. By bringing together artists and like-minded people under one roof, to engage creatively by appreciating the talent that our country has to offer across different genres.


The Contemporary Art Week, has not just grown in size and scale but also in terms of participation and reach boasting of over 450 artists, 15 different venues and 55 events covering 12 different genres. The unique and one-of-its-kinds festival incorporates art forms such as dance, music, theatre, puppetry, clowning, mime along with visual arts, short films, photography, slam poetry, short films, stand-up, mixed media and street art.

The festivities kickstart with a gala titled ‘The Opening Weekend’ on Saturday, October 15th and Sunday, 16th at Nehru Park, 10 am onwards. The day-long events include performances, food and shopping courts, workshops for kids, an interactive arts corner to create your own art, showcases ranging from puppetry to clowning, yarn bombing and a lot more.


There’s also a Crafts Lane for retail therapy or window shopping options with fashion, decor, and arts and craft as highlights. Not to miss, the weekend brunch choices as also with an all-day array of cuisines to treat your taste buds. Try different cuisines, taste something new, give your inner chef a chance with the Master Chef workshops at the Food Lane. The event(s) also boast of a smorgasbord of exciting interactive activities ranging from personal artist interaction, making your own street art graffiti, finger paint among others.


Performances can’t be too far behind when we are talking of celebrating the arts- so CAW has lined up Dance, Music, Street Plays, Clowning, Circus, Puppetry and lots more. One of the main highlights on day one will be the all-star-band serving up a heady mix of contemporary Folk and Sufi music, featuring the likes of singers Shilpa Rao, Akhil Sachdeva (of Nasha), Kutle Khan, Ujjwal Nagar (of Advaita), flautist Pandit Ajay Prasanna, saxophonist Abhay Sharma among others. Open jams, Drum Circle performances & Circus acts are also on the menu.


Day two will see performances by the Raghu Dixit Project and Suryaveer of Ehsaas.


The other venues for the next seven days are DLF Cyber Hub, Gurgaon; LTG, Mandi House; Instituto Cervantes, Hanuman Road; Sangeet Shymala, Vasant Vihar; Lok Kala Manch, Lodhi Road; Korean Cultural Centre, Lajpat Nagar-IV; Epicentre, Gurgaon; Zorba the Buddha, Sultanpur; Bunta Bar, Janpath Road; Courtyard Unplugged, Middle Circle CP; Number 8 Club, Sundar Nagar; Summer House Cafe, Hauz Khas; Lodhi – The Restaurant, Lodhi Road; NIV Art Centre, Neb Sarai.

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