March 2023: Events and Festivals You Can't Miss!

Get ready for an exciting March full of art, music, and culture with this lineup of art festivals happening in India next month. From celebrating the evolution of cultural spaces to exploring the endangered folk arts of India, there's something for everyone. These festivals are not to be missed by anyone interested in art and culture. So mark your calendars and get ready to immerse yourself in a vibrant and diverse world of creativity.

 

1. Govandi Arts Festival in Bombay

Mark your calendars for the Govandi Arts Festival in Bombay, a three-day event set to take place from March 3-5, 2023, as part of the ‘India/UK Together, a Season of Culture’. This festival is a collaboration between Community Design Agency (India), Streets Reimagined (UK), and Lamplighter Arts CIC (UK), who share the goal of using arts to inspire placemaking and promote cultural diversity. This festival is not to be missed as it promises to bring together diverse communities and provide a platform for artistic expression. 

  

Govandi Arts Festival in Bombay: Must-See Event for Art Lovers

  

2. Museum Biennale in Gujarat 

Design Factory India, in collaboration with the Government of Gujarat, presents D Stories, an upcoming festival that celebrates the evolution of cultural spaces and creating destinations in India. This three-day event is scheduled to take place from March 3 to 5, and is expected to be inaugurated by the Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat. The festival aims to bring together individuals and universities from cultural verticals to share their stories and experiences on relevant topics in one place. Its ultimate goal is to promote unity and facilitate the exchange of ideas among cultural enthusiasts. 

 

Museum Biennale in Gujarat: Events in March

  

3. India Folk Project in Gurugram

The India Folk Project in Gurugram is an exciting festival for all music-enthusiasts. Taking place from March 4-5, the festival promises an immersive journey through the folkverse, showcasing some of India's most beloved folk musicians. Visitors can expect to experience a celebration of the rich culture and heritage of India through music, dance, and art. This is an opportunity to engage with and appreciate the diverse folk traditions of India, and it's not to be missed for anyone interested in Indian culture.

 

India Folk Project in Gurugram

  

4. Nabanna Folk Art & Craft Festival in Bengal

If you're interested in exploring the cultural heritage of West Bengal, then the Basanta Utsav festival in Shantiniketan is a must-visit event in March. Shantiniketan is a peaceful town in West Bengal that is renowned for its emphasis on fine arts education, owing to the presence of Vishwa Bharati University, established by the celebrated Rabindranath Tagore. On the day of Holi, students from the university organize various cultural programs that exhibit the diverse cultural heritage of Bengal, including singing and dancing that blend traditional and modern elements. This festival, also known as the Nabanna Folk Art and Craft Fair is spread over 10 days (March 3-13). Visitors can anticipate demonstrations of the craft-making, direct interaction with artisans, and exposure to traditional, innovative, and environmentally-conscious initiatives.

 

Nabanna Folk Art and Craft Festival in Bengal
Source: Festivals from India

 

5. Khusrao-Kabir 

If you're a poetry enthusiast visiting living in or visiting Delhi, don't miss the Khusrau-Kabir concert organized by Banyan Tree on March 16th at 6:30 pm. This one-of-a-kind event celebrates the legacy of two great geniuses whose works continue to inspire us even today. Well-known Indian singers will bring to life the rich poetry of Khusrau and Kabir on the same stage with their musical expertise. The use of contemporary classical and semi-classical instruments will connect the ancient works with the 21st century, making it a must-visit festival for all music lovers.

 

Khusrao-Kabir: Musical Event in Delhi


 

Don't forget, March is the month of Holi, one of the most vibrant and colourful festivals of India! Across the country, various cities will host distinctive cultural events celebrating this occasion with dance, music, culture, and tradition. You can discover many Holi parties and events promoting traditional arts and crafts on platforms such as EventBrite, Insider, and Bookmyshow.

Hope you have a lovely, bright and colourful March!

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