From book talks, film festivals to tech summits, Bengaluru residents will experience a fusion of literature, technology, art and food at the upcoming city festival.
Besides roads, sanitation and flyovers, a city also needs 'soft infrastructure': this seems to be the overwhelming message of the ongoing Unboxing Bangalore Habba 2023, a first-of-its-kind festival that will take over the city for 11 years. days in December. “While hard infrastructure is essential for the optimal functioning of a city, it is insufficient on its own to build and bind a city,” says Malini Goyal, one of the founders of Unboxing BLR, a collaborative project that creates a new brand story wants to create for Bengaluru. .
The Unboxing BLR Habba (UBH) aims to showcase the unique culture of Bengaluru and is conceived as a mega event with over 400 events planned over 11 days across 50 locations across the city. During the event, 55 organizations will join forces across 12 different sectors, from a tech summit to film and literature festivals, book readings, food and heritage walks, cultural performances and more. “Soft infrastructure options such as entertainment, leisure and cultural facilities play an important role in increasing the attractiveness of a city for both residents and visitors. The most remarkable cities in the world possess a rich cultural environment unique to their respective locations,” says Goyal.
The first weekend of the festival brings the much-awaited Bengaluru Literature Festival on December 2 and 3 with authors like Abraham Verghese, Amitava Kumar, Perumal Murugan, Vivek Shanbhag, Sagarika Ghosh, Anita Nair, Anuja Chauhan and others. For book lovers, there is also a BLR Reads event on the first two weekends of the month, as well as several literature-related events at Atta Galata bookstore.
Bengaluru has long been synonymous with technology and startups. From pop culture references to panel discussions, the city's core culture was known as the 'IT Capital of India'. But in recent years, as people from across the country have found a home in Bengaluru, there has been a marked rise in multiculturalism. To celebrate this, the Unboxing BLR Habba aims to take people on a journey highlighting the city's rich cultural heritage and its evolution, organizers said.
In addition to a range of technology and literature-focused events, people can enjoy art exhibitions, film screenings at Bangalore International Short Film Festival's Under 25 Film Festival and an Airport Art Walkthrough. From December 1, people will have access to a range of experiences such as city walks, dance and theater events, music evenings, handmade mela and food events as part of the festival.
There will also be special events where like-minded people can meet and participate, such as Bangalore Design Week from December 2 to 9, Par Excellence Golf Tournament and Open Street Festivals. Those interested in conversations about diverse ideas and thoughts can also watch the various panel discussions at the Bengaluru International Centre.
EcoEdu, a platform focused on quality environmental education, and Bengaluru Creative Circus will also host events to explore sustainability and interactions with the natural world – crucial conversations in today's world.
With various events that focus on different interests, the festival wants people to discover and rediscover the city.
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