What: The first edition of the day-long Emerge Music and Art Festival, slated to take place in Delhi and Bangalore, features headlining acts like Grammy-Award nominated Alt- J, BRIT Award winner Rudimental (DJ set), and hang-drum player Daniel Waples featuring The Petebox.
Urban Sunset by DejaReve
New Delhi’s eclectic Fusion band Advaita and Bangalore Rock-outfit Parvaaz will also take part in the event. Apart from the music, the festival also features installations, live art events and sculptures. Art and design portal Cupick will be co-curating the art at the event.
An installation by Shilo Shiv Suleman
How: The artistic showcase features works by American illustrator and writer Allison Weeks Thomas, whose mixed media art has a fairy-tale charm and innocence. Look out for Shilo Shiv Suleman’s project, The Fearless Collective, which brings together artists from across India with the message that women shouldn’t be afraid.
Untitled by Dangercat (aka Sonali Zohra)
Suleman will be designing the main stage as well as creating installations in both cities. Also, watch out for London-based designer and illustrator Alex Griffiths, who will display his whimsical and witty drawings. In all, there will be 25-30 artworks spread across the venue.
A sketch by Allison Thomas
Where: Justin Alva, co-curator from Cupick, states that the artworks emphasise on the theme of peace, love, harmony and freedom of expression. “We want to stay as close as we can to the theme while throwing in bits of fantasy, pop culture and a few social messages.
An artwork by Alex Griffiths
Artworks from Indian and international artists will be on display, including works by Dangercat, Malvika Asher and Allison Weeks Thomas.” The artists have dabbled in various mediums.
For instance, Dangercat uses pen and paper to lay the groundwork before moving onto digital media while Griffiths sticks to his favourite medium of pen and paper and Thomas opts for mixed media.
“Much thought has gone into making the venue aesthetic by adding strong visual elements. For a start-up that’s been around for four months, it’s a strong validation for our platform. It is hard work but it pays off when you see thousands of people enjoying the music and atmosphere,” sums up Alva.
From: February 28 to March 1
At: Bhartiya City, Bangalore (February 28) and Huda grounds, Delhi (March 1).
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