January is the month of ‘The Mumbai festival’ which will be celebrated all over Mumbai. Launched in 2005, it was the first attempt to develop a community based festival for Mumbai. It is a unique model of public and private partnership under which NGO’s and government related authorities work cohesively.
Through its program, the festival is aware of its capacity to bring Mumbai communities together and enhance their sense of belonging and responsibility.
There will be Pre-Festival Events that will take place on 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th 13th Jan from 5pm to 10pm and will include different events such as musical parades, inter collegiate competitions, Gourmet Safari, Kite Festivals, etc. all across Mumbai.
On 17th January 2008, an Inauguration Ceremony will be held at Gateway to India to flag off the Gateway Festival with Ganesha Vandana by Hema Malini. Gateway Festival will include other events such as International Music fair, Music and Dance programs, and Classical Musical Programs.
Sport Festival will be held at different locations with events like Pickle Ball Competition at MET, Bandra, Gully Cricket across 32 cricket grounds in Mumbai, Fishing Vessels Race at Versova, Mumbai International Marathon at Azad Maidan, Mumbai Formula Race at Powai, Karate Do at Andheri Sports Complex, Indo Japanese Golf Championship at Bombay presidency Golf Course.
Music festival will start on 19th January with Downsyde at Hirananadani Complex, International Music and Dance at Tata Theatre, Western music-Live bands at J J School of Arts, and Music Caravan at 12 locations across Mumbai City connected by Bus.
Children’s Festival will be held at Bandra Reclamation ground on 18th and 19th January 2008, there will also be other events such as Roller-skating Road Race at Carter Road, Bandra, Clean-up Mumbai Campaign and children’s workshops.
Film Festival will include Japanese Film festival at different multiplexes across the city.
Theatre Festival will include winning and critically acclaimed plays in Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, English and other languages.
Food Festival will have Culinary Classes by renowned master Chefs of participating restaurants at participating venues across the city. Heart Warming Food Festival will take place at Kala Ghoda which will be served by 80 stalls set up by homemakers and caterers. South Indian Food Festival will be held at participating hotels of Matunga, Koli Sea Food Festival will be held at Versova, Ramadan Food Festival will be held at Mohammed Ali Road,
Craft and Folk Festival will be held at Nardulla Tank Ground, behind Siddhivinayak Temple showcasing Maharastra Mazha,
Dance Festival will be held at Amphitheatre at Bandra Fort, and will include different folk and Classical Indian dances.
There will be exhibition of Indian Contemporary Arts at the Art Festival. There will be Indian art, painting competitions, art workshops and camps.
There will also be some other Special Events like screening of NHK TV programs, Bollywood Nite, Mumbai Festival Cruise, Spiritual Festival, Army-Military tattoo, Hop-In-Hop-Off Bus services, Photo Panel exhibitions, Disaster Management, Ikebana, Bonsai, Origami,
Closing Ceremony will take place on 26th January 2008, at Bandra with fusion music of flute, tabla and kuchipudi. There will be Felicitation and Prize distribution Cermony during the Closing Cermony.
For detail listing of the programs please visit http://www.mumbaifestival.in/mumbai_fest_schedule.pdf
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