About Event

Sabarmati Festival 2018, is an internation class cultural extravaganza, fuelled with a vision to create moments of joy for each and every participant, belonging to any and every walk of life.

The festival becomes a showcase of events ranging across varied segments like Handicraft, Art, Craft, Music, Leterature, Theatre, Dance, Cinema, Spirituality, Culinary Arts, Herigate, Awards etc. The events is a culmination of contributions from artists, citizens, institures and academia all of which results into a living documents of cultural diversity.

  • start time
    17-21 January, 2018

  • address
    Riverfront Event Center and other places
    of Ahmedabad


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Theme Note

  • Ahmedabad, like any other human habitat, at the heart of it, is an expression of human imagination. But what sets this city apart, is the fact that for close to 6 centuries, the city has provided dwelling to a wide variety of population which has in turn made it into a melting pot of rich cultures.

  • Culture is how a certain section of people decide to behave collectively. This is exhibited in the form of their economic, artistic and emotional expressions. These expressions are what we see as art, architecture and heritage around us. Ahmedabad is one of the few cities which has architecture for 10th century as well as modern works from masters of 20th century.

  • Apart from being a melting pot of cultures, the city of Ahmedabad, across categories of human expression, be it painting, architecture, economic activity, music, theatre, literature - is a unique mix of ancient merging with modernity and all along has been maintaining a noteworthy economic progress.

  • The city is a wonderful example of how diversity leads to the beauty of human expressions; and how organically it has today become a cosmopolitan for various cultures and communities to live and thrive. This diversity is the root from where all forms of art emanates.

  • Since ages, the river Sabarmati is a silent witness to all that has been happening with the city and its population.

  • This leads us to imagine an event, on the banks of the Sabarmati, which would become a grand celebration of human diversity and togetherness.

  • 'Sabarmati Festival' is a celebration of all that this city has shared, expressed and cultivated over eons.

  • A festival that is absolutely international in its scale and vision and yet at the heart, it celebrates and showcases 'the spirit of ahmedabad’.

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Festival Introduction

  • Sabarmati Festival 2018, is an international class cultural extravaganza, fuelled with a vision to create moments of joy for each and every participant, belonging to any and every walk of life. The festival becomes a showcase of events ranging across varied segments like Handicraft, Art, Craft, Music, Literature, Theatre, Dance, Cinema, Spirituality, Culinary Arts, Heritage, Awards etc. The event is a culmination of contributions from artists, citizens, institutes and academia all of which results into a living document of cultural diversity.

    • Dates : Week three of Jan 2018

    • Venue : Riverfront Event Centre

    • Entry is Open for all.

  • Small is Beautiful

    • Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love. ~ Mother Teresa
    • With the theme 'Small is Beautiful', the festival aims to express that each one is a significant element in the fabric of the society and that every single contribution is important to make this world beautiful than before.

    • A society is a living commune, made by relentless contributions of every generation. In the journey of evolution, the seemingly tiniest of intervention leads to unparalleled outcomes. Endeavour of a non-descript teacher and nobility of a doctor, courage of a citizen and compassion of a home maker, commitment of a constable and perseverance of a student, honesty of a shopkeeper and service of a rickshaw driver - these and many such small moments from daily life makes the society what it is.

    • Sabarmati Festival 2018 is a tribute to the faceless citizen of the nation, whose smallest of contributions makes this country beautiful. The festival's second edition shall be an attempt to admire, appreciate and acknowledge these series of small acts performed by millions of un-noticed individuals in the course of history of the state of Gujarat.

    • The festival also aims to encourage volunteerism among the youth and involve them with the theme in an experiential manner.

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The Intent

  • To be the most spectacular cultural event that has ever happened in Ahmedabad.

  • To instil a deep sense of pride among the citizens of city for their geographical identity.

  • To provide an inclusive cultural platform for youth to showcase their talent to the city.

  • To create opportunities of cultural entertainment through which the citizens can discover their roots and come face-to-face with their rich heritage

  • (Ahmedabad is always known for its mega business events) To create a beautiful and grand festival that finds a place among the top art & culture festivals of the world.

  • Enhance tourism in Ahmedabad through this festival and AIM to make it cultural showcase of International level.

  • To recognise and acknowledge individuals and institutes for their efforts to add value to the cultural fabric of the city.

  • To create moments for citizens from various strata to know and interact with each other.

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Expanse of Activities

With the aim to celebrate diversity, culture and inclusiveness, a huge repertoire of events and activities are planned during the event as well as before the event.
  • Music concerts from folk as well as bollywood segments

  • As pre-event activities competitions are planned in several institutes across categories like Drawing, Dance, Literature, Music, Dance

  • At more than 15 venues from various parts of the city, different shows shall happen during Sabarmati festival

  • About 40 workshops are being worked out to give unique learning opportunities to youth as well as seeking elders.

  • In order to utilise the power of Theatre and drama approximately 100 street plays/ theatre programs are being undertaken

  • Dance programs ranging from Gujarati Folk to bollywood to international styles shall be performed during the festival.

  • To recognise and acknowledge individuals and institutes for their efforts to add value to the cultural fabric of the city.

  • Handpicked food options will be made available at the festival. To provide unique opportunity to citizens to consume diversity through culinary arts.

  • Special focus of Spirituality & Speaking Circuit to sensitise the youth about the deep traditional peace keeping lifestyles of our culture.

  • Litterateurs and reading enthusiasts of the city will get opportunity to meeting and interacting with great minds from the Gujarati as well as National literature scene.

  • Special zones will be created so that traditional craftsmen and artisans can showcase their skills and products.

  • Special fashion design competition to be organised to create platform for young and upcoming designers of the city.

  • To let common citizen of the city engage with world class arts through thoughtfully curated art exhibits that are planned at the Riverfront.

  • Meticulous arrangement of logistics and transport services so that every corner of city gets access to the festival.

  • Best management practices deployed to ensure Hygiene, Safety and Security of the city.

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Depth of Impact

The SABARMATI FESTIVAL aims to achieve which is never earlier envisioned by any team.
  • Biggest cultural extravaganza for the city and the state of Gujarat.

  • To become a platform for youth to engage in constructive cultural activities.

  • To boost the cultural landscape of the city and to add to the National and International Tourist attraction.

  • Will create new employment opportunities and will directly and indirectly add to the economic produce of the city.

  • Dedicated communications and media team shall ensure national as well as international visibility; which in turn would add to the brand value of city of Ahmedabad.

  • Will influence the tourism both in short term as well as long term.

  • Will sensitise the youth about their heritage and will bring them closer to their identity.

  • Will give Ahmedabad a space among select few cities across the globe known for their city festivals.

Cultural events have a deeper and subtler impact. To sum it up, inside the grand and glorious demeanours, the Sabarmati Festival is an initiative towards citizen’s joy and wellbeing.
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Key Points

Major points in the set up of the Festival.
  • Festival will be spread across more than 15 venues

  • Festival will have more than 20 pre events

  • Close to 250 institutes shall take part in festival

  • Several programs of Dance, Drama ,music ,Cinema & other aspects of culture

  • Street plays will be performed as part of the festival to engage to youth

  • Cultural activities spread across 14 segments

  • AS never-before celebration to experience the Sabarmati Riverfront.

  • Workshops shall take place where citizens can learn and expand their horizons.

  • First time ever Contemporary Art will be showcased at public venues

  • Competitions across a dozen categories to channelize the creative energies of youth.

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Summary

The SABARMATI FESTIVAL is by all means unprecedented with characteristics such as,
  • International visibility

  • Biggest cultural extravaganza that the country has witnessed in the recent history

  • More than half a million youth engaged

  • Close to 10 million people touched through thousands of varying engagements.

  • A big boost to the cultural landscape of the state.

  • Among the most visited events in the country.

  • In terms of spread, variety and participation Sabarmati Festival is among the top cultural festivals of the world.

  • Will give Ahmedabad a space among select few cities across the globe known for their city festivals.

Cultural events have a deeper and subtler impact. To sum it up, inside the grand and glorious demeanours, the Sabarmati Festival is an initiative towards citizen’s joy and wellbeing.

Team

Event schedule

Anokhu Amdavad

Jan 17 2018, 6:30 PM Onwards

THEATER

Sur Gulabi Mausam

Jan 18 2018, 6:30 PM Onwards

MUSIC

Sanklan: Mega Dance Show

Jan 19 2018, 6:30 PM Onwards

DANCE

Dayro

Jan 20 2018, 6:30 PM Onwards

MUSIC

Halo ne Aapna Malak ma

Jan 21 2018, 6:00 PM Onwards

MUSIC

Sabarmati Festival 2016

  • The festival created a record by giving stage to more than 10000 artists.
  • Including Pre-Events and Main Events the festival achieved a footfall of approx 11 lakh people.
  • First time ever more than 150000 people viewed Visual art by masters of Ahmedabad, never before such a huge art exhibit has happened in city.
  • Close to 60 workshops took place which were attended by scores of enthusiasts.
  • Around 400 Street Plays were performed across the city for the festival.
  • Through various mediums of digital. print and outdoor communication the festival reached more than 10 million (1 cr) people.
  • Strategic use of Digital Media created a reach of over a million impressions.
  • 40 unique events from varied genres were performed as part of the Festival.
  • Internationally , Nationally and Regionally renowned artists performed at the festival.
  • Popular artistes of Gujarat along with young rising stars of Gujarati popular culture etc performed to packed audiences.
  • Art installations created by veteran artists and art institutes were used to decorate the event.
  • All the popular food joints of city took part to provide the festival visitors with sumptuous 'amdavadi taste' at fair prices.

contact information

  • CRAFTROOTS
    Ground Floor, Vir House,
    Opp. Castrol Institute of Motoring,
    Bodakdev,
    Ahmedabad

  • Office Hours
    10:00 am to 6:00 pm