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Treehuggers, You Have Got To Chipko For The Neralu Tree Festival 2017

Ritika posted on 09 February

What Is It?

We pretty much owe our lives to trees so a festival to celebrate them comes as no surprise to us. Neralu is a one-of-a-kind public festival for trees, organised by the people and for the people of Bangalore. Driven by their love for trees, ecologists, artists, homemakers, photographers and many other Bangaloreans come together to organise the third edition of Neralu, after 2015. Far from being boring, the festival kicks off with curated walks at different points in the city so you can pick one that’s closest to your place {check it out here}. Apart from this, there are talks by speakers like Harini Nagendra and Pranay Lal, tree journalling and biomimicry workshops for kids, and dance, music and storytelling performances. 

Who Is It For?

Treehuggers and Treevellers unite! If you’ve ever caught yourself gazing at trees for no reason and finding peace in them or are simply irked by the number of trees being cut down for flyovers and roads, you’re definitely the kind of person who’d love this festival.

Why Should I Go For It?

You should go for this because trees need us! Trees give us oxygen and fruit and that’s enough reason for us to go for this festival {I, for one, need my apple pie}. You also get to listen to talks about Bangalore in the past, present and future, and about the history of the evolution of plants. If talks aren’t your thing, you can create an art installation, or watch The Monkey King performed through Odissi by Prachi Jariwala, or sit under a tree in Cubbon Park and listen to folk stories by Vikram Sridhar as the sun sets. There’s really so much to do, the only way to see it all is by attending it!

When: Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19

Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, Palace Road, Manikyavelu Mansion, as well as few other outdoor locations such as the Cubbon Park Metro Station, . Find the complete schedule here

Register for walks and workshops here.

Check out their website here.

Find them on Facebook here.