Serendipity Arts Festival hosts interactive textile workshop

The ongoing Serendipity Arts Festival features over 90 creative projects in Goa, many of which explore the art of textiles.

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For the Serendipity Arts Festival, a Charpai weaving workshop has been held to demonstrate the uniquely South Indian tradition and an Art in the Park event get children involved in the creative process in an event that was accompanied with food and live music. For the second year in a row, the festival has collaborated with Mojarto for its awards ceremony that will award artists in a number of categories including traditional textile arts. Award winners will receive Rs six lakh ($8,372) as part of their prize.

An exhibit called “Senses” explores the five senses with tactile textiles and other materials, a Digital Play Lab explores digital design, and a symposium on accessibility in the arts all feature this season. The festival is also shining a spotlight on Old Goa with an exhibition in the Church of Santa Monica called “The Sacred Everyday”. Another exhibit, “Panjim 175” celebrates the capital of Goa and its 175th birthday.

In other news, celebrated contemporary artist Subodh Gupta just stood down from his role as guest curator for the festival. Anonymous allegations were made against Gupta stating that he had sexually harassed several women. Gupta has denied these allegations but decided not to be part of the festival. Gupta has curated an exhibition entitled “My colour on your plate” featuring a group of artists. The exhibition will run without him.

The Serendipity Arts Festival runs from Dec. 15-22 and sponsors include Hero, RBL Bank, Smirnoff, Coca Cola, Dalmia, Dempo, and Tata AIG Insurance among others. The festival is in partnership with ICICI Lombard.

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