So I decided to skip Magnetic Fields and made my way to Goa for the Serendipity Arts Festival to close the year. And I am so glad I did!
Serendipity Arts Festival (SAF) is a multidisciplinary event on the banks of the river Mandovi in Panjim. A complete cultural experience, the festival was spread over eight days, from 15th December to 22nd December 2017. I wasn’t able to stay for the entire duration but covered as much as I could. This was the second edition of SAF that saw the confluence of the visual, performing and culinary arts curated by a panel of renowned artists and figures. The festival covered craft, music, theatre, dance, culinary arts, visual arts and photography.
I spent most of my first day at the Adil Shah Palace appreciating and soaking in all the mad visual art. And just a block away, is a hole in the wall place called Joseph Bar, strongly recommended to me by Manu Chandra and Rory Bluett. Located in a quaint bylane of Panjim, housed in a building over 80 years old, the bar is a small drinking hole popular among locals and of late been catching the eye of travelers as well. The owner recently also opened Tacobab next door where guests can nibble on a variety of tacos and salsa. I sipped on locally brewed IPA and munched on some fantastic beef and pork tacos to call it a day!
Just a block away from Adil shah palace where I spent most of my day appreciating all different types of visual art at the @serendipityartsfestival in goa is Joseph Bar. Was strongly recommended by @manuchandra and @rorybluett. Located in a quaint by lane in Panjim. Housed in a building over 80 years old, the bar is a small drinking hole popular among locals and of late been catching the eye of travellers as well. Joseph Pereira passed away and its operations were taken over by Atishay Fernandez in the 70s. Coincidently the manager who runs this place is named Joseph, while the bartender, Gundu, is so popular among guests that the bars facebook page is named “Gundu at Joseph bar” in his honour. The owner recently also opened by Tacobab next door where guests can nibble on a variety of tacos and salsa. I sipped locally brewed IPA and munched on some fantastic beef and pork tacos. #serendipityartsfestival
One of my favourites from the festival was the depiction of Goan Jazz Culture through the ages, followed by an informative short skit depicting the various problems faced by street vendors in India on Day 2. And then of course, there was chocolate tasting to end my short but fabulous experience on the right note.
The venues ranged from historic Portuguese structures to modernist marvels, and included both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Needless to say, my experience was amazing. It’s such a pleasure to see the art scene booming and elevating to this level. SAF 2017 was all about scale and pushing boundaries and I can’t wait to go next year!
Bean to Bar Tasting & Dialogue Workshop
Immersive tasting session where I learnt the nuances of dark chocolate by Mason and Co.
Stand on the Street
Curated By Aruna Ganesh Ram
Four performers recreated life moments of various street vendors framing the street as a performance space, sharing personal narratives, conversations around food and their aspirations.
Cheese Tradition of India
A workshop that took us through India’s rich dairy traditions hosted by Aditya Raghavan