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How Durga Puja became one of the world’s largest unofficial public arts festivals

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Pintu, a member of artist Anirban Das’s team, took a paintbrush and drew a slow, careful, deliberate line. It stood out in black on white – in fact, the entire lane, situated in a prominent part of North Kolkata, stood out in black and white, painted from the mouth all the way down to the marquee, known as a pandal, at the far end. The whole lane – all the house facades along it, even the lamp posts – had been painted to give it the appearance of a page from a comic book. Inscriptions painted on old, yellowed certificates hung from nearby balconies. Das and his team had turned the lane into a massive art installation, inspired by Bengali poet Sukumar Ray’s Abol Tabol, a book of nonsense verse similar to Carroll’s Jabberwocky. The occasion? Eastern India’s biggest festival, Durga Puja.

Das had worked on the pandal for months. Planning started back in April 2023, but he had been booked to do the pandal far, far before that – the previous November, in fact; right after the previous year’s puja had ended. This is the norm for artists in Kolkata who work on Durga Puja pandals – the massive, temporary structures that house idols of Ma Durga, the warrior-mother goddess, for the duration of the festival.

Read more: https://www.architecturaldigest.in/story/how-durga-puja-became-one-of-the-worlds-largest-unofficial-public-arts-festivals-asian-paints-kolkata-anirban-das/

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Along the Way: Mass Arts Center festival winners announced

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Arts festival winners announced

Three Norton High School students won People’s Choice Awards at the Mass Arts Center’s Spring Art Festival on June 1 and 2 for their artwork in the exhibit titled “The Future Is Now.” Taking the top People’s Choice prize was Julia Ng for her painting “Island Road.” Cailyn Buchanan won second prize with her painting “Autumn Colors,” and Emma Biron won third place with her painting “Curiosity through a Glass Tank.” Buchanan’s drawing “Carrion Crow” took the Curator’s Award as best in show. Students received gift certificates to Jerry’s Artarama, an art supply store in Providence, for their artwork. All 21 pieces of student art by 14 artists are on display at the Morini Gallery (inside the Mass Arts Center, 888 South Main St., Mansfield) through June 22.

Read more: https://www.thesunchronicle.com/communities/along-the-way-mass-arts-center-festival-winners-announced/article_5a67a23d-a8e7-532a-aab4-f7e1ad27c11b.html

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Camberwell Arts Festival celebrates 30th birthday

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The longest running visual arts festival in the UK is celebrating turning 30 this summer.

Taking place between June 8 to 16, Camberwell Arts Festival will celebrate three decades of showcasing the vibrant talent of artists and makers from the area.

The week promises an eclectic mix of open studios, arts markets, exhibitions and workshops designed to inspire, entertain and engage audiences of all ages.

Read more: https://londonnewsonline.co.uk/lifestyle/whats-on/camberwell-arts-festival-celebrates-30th-birthday/

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9 Twin Cities summer art festivals to check out

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Eagan Art Festival

Now in its 30th year, this festival features 85 artists, artist demonstrations, a kids’ scavenger hunt, a balloon artist, and the kid-friendly rock group the Bazillions. The Women’s Drum Center performs June 23 at 1 p.m. (9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 23. Balloon artist June 22 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Bazillions June 22 2-4 p.m., 1501 Central Pkwy., Eagan, free, eaganartfestival.org)

Read more: https://www.startribune.com/9-twin-cities-summer-art-festivals-to-check-out/600367347/

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