Director: Bryan, Kundan
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Summary: Around a tree - An urban tree festival
poetry readings, film screenings, song evenings;
art workshops and performances for children
all over the city
1 Shanthi Road
The Urban Tree Festival (26 June'10 to 04 July'10) was held in Bangalore as a collaboration of Maraa and 1Shantinagar Road. A brainchild of two organizations, Maraa and 1 Shanthi Road, this participatory festival involved local artist, academic and activist groups, art and media forums as well as families and communities of children. While Maraa is a media collaborative, 1 Shanthi Road provides a platform to independent artists. They have joined forces to create a unique festival that saw ordinary citizens, artists and activists pitching in with ideas and initiatives to generate greater awareness about the plight of urban trees.
The program for the festival includes a traveling poster exhibition, public art installations and video art screening. Around a Tree' began on June 26 with the inauguration of the mobile poster gallery. Apart from the art installation and film screening, a series of talks have also been organized on the evening of July 27 at 1Shanthi Road on historic perspectives of greening of the greater Bangalore region, indigenous tree species of this region and the conflict between trees and traffic decisions in the modern metropolis.
Representatives of environment group Hasiru Usiru presented the talks. On the evening of July 3, Cubbon Park Bandstand witnessed a performance of Kabir's soul-stirring rhymes on the natural world. The festival was wrapped up with a musical jamming session by several city bands at Jaaga (Rhenius St, Langford Gardens).