New Delhi: The summers bring a sense of restlessness, brought on by the rising mercury levels. The desire to get out the humdrum routine of work, along with the sight of friends and colleagues planning their summer holidays, prompts one to pack bags and set off for a holiday to some far-off destination. However, often certain work commitments may not permit one to take a long vacation and head off to the mountains or the beaches whenever one wishes to. But that doesn’t have to mean that you cannot still have a good time in the city and explore what it has to offer in terms of art and culture.
The National Capital, in particular, has a lot to offer in terms of cultural and performing arts events all through the year, be it theatre, music, or cinema. Here, then, are a few exciting options you can try to make the most of these summers.
Summer Theatre Festival
The National School of Drama’s Summer Theatre Festival is an annual event that showcases plays by some of the most acclaimed playwrights in the country. The festival, this year, will be held from May 25 to June 18, 2018, in the city and will feature more than 10 plays. The Summer Theatre Festival will be held at Abhimanch Auditorium and Kamani Auditorium in the National Capital.
13th Habitat Film Festival
The festival will host a handpicked selection of 60 award-winning feature films and documentaries from more than 20 languages of India. Commenced from 19th of May, the festival is being held at India Habitat Centre and capture the churning felt across industries with reference to stories, receptive engagement with technology and inventive production choices. It will also feature an Om Puri Tribute Retrospective and a K.A. Abbas Exhibition.
Navrasa Duende World Classic Movie Festival
A leading production house known for its unique global art and cultural events, Navrasa Duende will host the second edition of its successful movie festival from June 22 to 24, 2018 at Siri Fort Auditorium in New Delhi. Featuring an appealing line-up from classics from world cinema, the festival will also include retrospectives on such acclaimed filmmakers as Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa, Andrei Tarkovsky, and many others that cinema lovers wouldn’t want to miss.
Popular Theatre Festival
The Popular Theatre Festival will showcase several plays with various contemporary themes and issues relevant to our modern societies. The festival, beginning from the second week of May 2018 in New Delhi, will be on till mid-June, 2018, and the plays will be performed at the well-known Sri Ram Centre of Performing Arts.
The musical comedy, will be reimagined in a Broadway-style for the Indian stage with breath-taking sets and dazzling choreography. The love story of Aladdin and Jasmine and a celebration of his friendship with Genie will come to life with 350 costumes and 14 locations depicted on stage by 50 performers. Starting from the first weekend of July, the musical will be performed at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium.