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Khirkee Festival

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Khirkee Festival is a four-day festival of the arts taking place from 14 – 17 December 2017. Organised by Khoj International Artists’ Association, the festival is a celebration of the cultural multiplicity of Khirkee, bringing to the foreground a variety of narratives about and from the neighbourhood through exhibitions, interventions, music, theatre, sports, bazaars and food.

Khirkee Festival will activate the spaces of Khoj Studios, the Sai Baba Mandir Road and Jamun Wala Park.

At Khoj Studios, there will be an exhibition comprising of interactive installations, videos, workshops, and conversations that showcase the four long-term community-based projects that Khoj has supported: Khirkee Storytelling Project by Swati Janu; Khirkee Voice/Khirkee Awaaz by Malini Kochupillai and Mahavir Singh Bisht; Khirkee Dialogues and Kisse Connection by Aagaaz Theatre Trust; and the Young Artists of Khirkee project by the children of the neighbourhood, facilitated by Aru Bose.

Simultaneously, Khoj Studios will host an open studio exhibition of the first Khirkee Residency, where artists Tito Aderemi-Ibitola (Nigeria), Aziz Hazara (Afghanistan), and Rajyashri Goody (India) will be showing the works they have produced in their four-week residency in response to the neighbourhood of Khirkee.

The cultural diversity of the neighbourhood is perhaps best experienced through food. The Khoj terrace will host a food mela and bazaar, which will see home cooks and small eateries from Khirkee offering samplings of Afghani, Somali, Cameroonian, and Bihari cuisines, among others.

Public performances in the Jamun Wala Park will take place over the weekend. The Survivors Crew, a local group of B-boys, will be performing along with the Khirkee Ensemble, an international five-member band. Young members of the community will be putting on two short plays, Duniya Sabki and Kitaabein, made in collaboration with members of the Aagaaz Theatre Trust. There will also be screenings of short music videos and films that were created as part of the Khirkee Storytelling Project.

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