Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 2016


If you wish to experience the awesomeness of music, dance, drama, literature, cinema, visual arts, architecture, food and lots more at one stop, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival of Mumbai organized by Kala Ghoda Association is the event for you. Friends, families or couples, everyone is sure to have a gala time over here.

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
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  • Kala Ghoda Festival – 6th February to 14th February 2016
  • Make In India Festival – 13th February to 17th February 2016
  • Entry: Free for all

About the Festival

Since almost a decade, Kala Ghoda Arts Festival has strived to give the cultural activities a huge encouragement. It is the biggest and unparalleled amalgamation of different events as well as mind blowing performances of music and dance. Heritage walks, street stalls and workshops are also organized during the festival. Numerous visitors from all over Mumbai and world head to The Kala Ghoda Art District to witness the cultural extravaganza. The festival has something for everyone. Regardless of your age, you are sure to enjoy your time over here.

Events and Venue

  • Children Events
    Venue: Lawns of CSMVS, The Museum Mumbai, Kitab Khana at Somaiya Bhavan
    There would be workshops and shows for the children. Entry would be on first come first serve basis. Join the ultimate extravaganza of merrymaking for kids based on the theme “All Things Bright and Twinkly”.
  • Children’s Literature
    Venue: Kitab Khana at Somaiya Bhavan
    The most fantastic children literature of 2015 would be showcased over here to encourage young minds to read and write.
  • Dance
    Venue: Cross Maidan ; For dance workshops: Somaiya Center, Somaiya Bhavan
    Stunning performances by expert dancers would surely urge you to get groovy over the moves.
  • Cinema
    Venue: The Coomaraswamy Hall and the Visitor Center at CSMVS, The Museum Mumbai, Auditorium at Bombay Natural History Society
    Cinema of various genres and times would be portrayed during the festival.
  • Food
    Venue: Westside, Restaurants in Kala Ghoda Art District, Food stalls at Cross Maidan and Rampart Road
    Have a culinary joyride with the delicious dishes of Mumbai.
  • Literature
    Venue: DSL Garden, Artist’s Center, Author’s Lounge at Serafina, Seminar Hall of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
    Kala Ghoda Arts Festival promotes literature in English, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi and Urdu languages through the literature festival.
  • Stand-Up Comedy
    Venue: Irish House
    Experience a laughter riot as famous as well as lesser known comedians spread the magic of their humor.
  • Music
    Venue: Cross Maidan and Steps of the Asiatic Society Library
    Budding singers and music maestros like Ustad Amjad Ali Khan would perform live during the festival.
  • Visual Arts
    Venue: Rampart Gallery, Art Entrance, Cross Maidan, DSL Garden, Tarq for Art Walks, Gallery 7, Lawns of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Artists’ Center, Coomaraswamy Hall
    Photography and visual arts would leave you awestruck at the festival.
  • Workshops
    Venue: Somaiya Center, Artisan’s and Artists’ Center
    Workshops of music, fitness, art, travel writing, lifestyle, cartooning, photography and many other interesting activities would delight you to the fullest.
  • Theatre
    Venue: Horniman Circle Garden, Auditorium at National Gallery of Modern Art, M.D. Ghia Hall of Kaikashru Dubash Marg, Standup comedy at Irish House at Kaikashru Dubash Marg,
  • Gallery Beyond
    Actors, directors and playwrights would exhibit their talent during the festival. Different genres and languages would be included in the shows.
  • Urban Design and Architecture
    Venue: Library at Max Muller Bhavan, Art Entrance Art Gallery, National Gallery of Modern
  • Art
    Budding architects, city planners and urban writers would get a platform in this wonderful festival through the theme “Crossing the Threshold”.
  • Heritage Walks
    Get an insight into the heritage of Mumbai through these walks
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
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Make In India Festival
Programs of dance and music are organized from 13th February to 17th February 2016 from 5 PM to 10 PM.

Details of all the events are available here.

You can even have your own food stall at the festival. Participations are open in the Bolly Toons Caricature Contest. Forms for both are available on their official website.

Reaching Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Mumbai is easily accessible from anywhere in India. Direct flights , trains and buses are available from almost all Indian cities as well as abroad. The nearest local train station is Church Gate.

Stay and Food in Kala Ghoda Arts Festival

Mumbai is is a popular destination. Numerous accommodation options are available near Kala Ghoda that offer a comfy stay to the visitors. As far as food is concerned, you cannot forget to try Bhel puri, Vada Pav, Misal Pav and Pani Puri while you are at Mumbai.

If you and your better half are ardent fans of cultural activities, head to Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and make your Valentine’s Week all the more interesting and memorable. Even families can plan a trip to Mumbai and give their kids an exposure to Indian culture.