After Russia, it is Germany’s turn to collaborate with India to increase interaction among the masses of the two countries. And Delhi gets to gain from it all. The Indo-German Urban Mela, a holistic exchange in technology, science, culture and entertainment, will kickstart in the Capital next week with such a vision in mind.
Announcing this here Friday, German ambassador Michael Steiner said: ‘The Urban Mela is part of the celebrations ‘Germany and India 2011-2012 Infinite Opportunities commemorating 60 years of Indo-German ties.’
There will be an opening concert by Delhi-based audio-visual duo BLOT! and Berlin’s electronic act Jahcoozi. There will also be concerts by the likes of Indian Ocean, Asad Khan and Fusion Messengers, Mardi Grass.BB, The Ska Vengers and more.
The Collegiate Theatre Festival will have Dramatics Societies from DU colleges adapt German plays into Indian settings. A series of workshops in Hip Hop, Creative Writing, Arts and Crafts have also been planned along with an art exhibition, titled Assimilations: Selected images from Pix. This will be a projection of various themes explored in the quarterly publication from Goethe Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, Delhi.
Literary events such as Novel Tree — a series of reading sessions by authors like Jeet Thayil will also take place. There will be a workshop — Barbara Yelin’s Diary — where the comic artist and illustrator will compose six portraits of people at the Urban Mela.
At: Indraprashtha Millennium Park
When: 27 October to 4 November