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The Circus Comes to Town {But It's Not What You're Thinking}

Neha posted on 09 October

Every year, local arts and media collective Maraa puts together October Jam, an annual festival of arts, films, and general interestingness. They've just announced the 2015 edition, and it's called Tightrope: City As Circus.

We went through the schedule, and it looks pretty darn interesting. Here’s what you can look forward to doing this month.

Watch the Burlesque in Film

Your Friday plans for the coming month are set: every week, they’re screening carefully-picked, rarely-seen films themed broadly around the burlesque - that is, they all allow us to explore the less-explored, hidden sides of our lives, and invite us to laugh at ourselves. What’s more, you can expect stop-motion films, anime, and even GIFs included in each showing.

The festival begins this Friday with a silent epic, The Cave of Silken Web. Watch the trailer here:

Where: Workbench Projects, Ulsoor Metro Station

When: October 9, 7pm onwards

Contact: +91 9980088611

Find the event on Facebook here.

Participate in a Circus-Themed Garage Sale

"Take a circus away," they exhort you. We're sure you will. Bring the higgledy-piggledy odds and ends of your own personal circus - your possessions - to this garage sale. They organisers welcome books, pens, hats, shoes, clothes, jewellery, weights, and cakes. Just make sure they're in buyable condition. You can also drop off your contributions at the Maraa office.

Where: 12th Main Road, Indiranagar, opposite The Humming Tree

When: October 10, 5pm

Contact: +91 9880755875 or 9880159484; email

Watch a Play Staged in a BMTC Bus

As part of their ongoing efforts to reclaim and reuse public spaces, Maraa invites everyone to watch The BMTC, a play staged in an actual BMTC bus. The play is presented by sixth- and seventh-graders, and lets you see the city through the eyes of its drivers and conductors.

Where: Cubbon Park

When: October 10-11, 6.15pm

Help Display a Circus on a Wall

Thara Thomas, a local mural artist, helps you and other participants put together a wall that reflects the city as circus.

Where: Ulsoor Metro Station

When: October 10-11, 11am-7pm

Contact: +91 9980088611

Follow Maraa on Facebook here for more updates on October Jam.

Featured image via Maraa.