The cultural capital of the country has a lot to offer, right from kitschy events that have become a staple, to the latest trends that define the spirit of Mumbai – it just caters to every artistic whim one can think of. To that end, we’ve compiled a list of some awe-inspiring events that you gotta mark on your calendars.
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Kala Ghoda Festival 2020
This 9-day festival, celebrated in the beginning of every year, is now synonymous with the city of Mumbai. Celebrating a variety of art forms like music, dance, theatre, drama, art, photography, etc., it hosts a number of seminars, lectures and workshops along with literary discussions and even book launches. The film section pays tribute to famous contributors in their field. Mainly being an art festival, it showcases artists from across the country with their wares and gives us an important lesson on the vast range of products that are made in our country.
When is it happening: 1-9th Feb, 2020, in Kala Ghoda, South Mumbai
Famous for: Art displays, cultural workshops, display by local artisans
Comic Con 2020
Pop culture aficionados have a reason to celebrate every winter now, thanks to this haven that they call home for a full weekend. The very first Comic Con was held in Delhi in 2011 and since then, there’s no looking back. What really gets things going (yes, apart from the awesome merch that’s on display) is the cosplay, and boy is it fantastic!
So, pop culture fanatics, get a chance to bring all your favourite characters back to life and make friends for life.
When is it happening: Around November-December 2020, but watch this space for updates.
Famous for: Pop culture, art, entertainment, comics
India Art Festival 2020
Art lovers, you've get the perfect chance to explore Indian art that brings together different works from artists across the country and will exhibit work from collections across galleries, dealers and designers. Established in 2011, this art fair is one of the major contemporary art events in the city's that's going to showcase both emerging and upcoming talent.
When is it happening: 09 to 12 January 2020 at Nehru Centre, Mumbai
Famous for: Contemporary art
Pet Fed 2020
Pet Fed is India's largest pet festival that's perfect for all you pet lovers. The festival's got a stellar line up of fun events from pet fashion shows, stage shows, adoption camps, a police dog show, cat show, product stalls, stage shows and more all in one place. If you're a pet parent or an aspiring pet parent, we suggest you check them out.
When is it happening: 11 Jan 2020 at JVPD, Mumbai
Famous for: All things pet related
For all you techies, tech enthusiasts and those with a curious mind who love all things science and technology, we've got one for you. Now considered to be the largest science and technology festival in Asia, Techfest is a space where you can interact with professionals in the field, attend workshops, lectures and events along with fellow technophiles.
When is it happening: 3-5th January at IIT Bombay
Famous for: Science and technology lectures, workshops and events
Spoken Fest 2020
For all you budding poets, writers and lovers of spoken word and slam poetry, Spoken Fest 2020 is your call to spend 2 days experiencing the best of this art form. From up and coming, emerging artists to experienced storytellers who've honed their craft over years, this fest brings it all together at one venue. The line-up includes Amol Parashar, Jasmine Khurana, Rupesh Tillu, Megha Rao, Rudy Francisco and Shane Koyczan.
When is it happening: 11th - 12th January at JioWorld Garden, BKC
Famous for: Spoken word and slam poetry
Mahindra Blues Festival 2020
Music lovers, the Mahindra Blues Fest is back, and this time they are celebrating their 10th year! For all you Blues lovers, they're bringing back legendary Blues musician and guitarist Buddy Guy, Keb Mo, Larkin Poe and the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band to the fantastic Mehboob Studios in Bandra over 2 days of music in a festive space.
When is it happening: Feb 8th - 9th
Famous for: Live music in a happening festive vibe, plus food and drinks with a biergarten atmosphere
If you're all about exploring new ideas, this one-day event brings together over 20 speakers within one space from different disciplines. Watch speakers explore an array of genres and the line-up of speakers includes speakers from fields of arts, sports, politics and more.
When is it happening: February 23
Famous for: Conversations and talks with speakers across genres
Mumbai Pride 2020
All through the month of February, Queer Azadi is organising Pride Month. They've got a line-up of events through February 1st, that continue all through the month. From pride walks to workshops, theatre, parties, fitness, storytelling sessions and more, it's a month-long celebration of inclusivity across every field.
When is it happening: February 1 - February 28
Famous for: LGBTQ events across the city at multiple venues, plus Pride Walk