The Celebration

OUR CITY..  OUR CELEBRATIONS..

The Festival

The Festival, whose Finale is on the 24th February, will comprise of several events, infusing selected Urban Zones with vibrant activities, engagement & interaction. It will include Musical evenings - Food streets - Alfresco dinning - Street plays and video loops to understand Urban Culture of our Cities. Then there will be the Exhibiting - The Journey of Chandigarh, that  will enable people to experience and understand the present day Chandigarh through the lens of its past. This will also serve as a crucial backdrop to the brainstorming at the academic conference. Both citizens and professionals will be able to connect with a photo documentation of the city showcased as part of the Exibition. New Urban Models will be experienced through creation of City Scale Sculptures involving alternate Shopping Streets and Interactive zones in Public Spaces

These are the primary components of the festival -

THE CITY UNIFIER:

A city wide celebration would be held in February 2019 around the theme of “COMMUNITY AND URBAN SPACES” as a means to connect the cross section of citizens, with an understanding of the city space as crucial to community interaction and bonding, and also towards taking an ownership of these spaces.

A series of pre event workshops and activities shall be undertaken with schools, institutes, resident welfare organization, citizens’ forums and unorganized sectors by teams of volunteers, to create an understanding of this concept and generate participation and involvement through executable ideas, creative expression and discussion. Certain idea competitions to improve city spaces shall also be floated as part of the pre-event activities. Small neighbourhood level initiatives would also be encouraged and promoted with the help of newspapers, radio and social media.
The result of the above would form the major part of the final three days of the festival choreographed and displayed in certain urban spaces of the city. The efforts of neighborhood community activities would also be visible in all participating neighbourhoods in the final three days.

 

THE INTELLECTUAL CORE:

An academic conference and an exhibition would form the intellectual core of the festival.
THE Conference would focus on generating a think tank of future development goals for Chandigarh and adjoining areas. Academic conversations related to Chandigarh so far have focused on its modernist history…its creation, legacy and impact and recent conversations have tended to focus on heritage and conservation. While these are of necessary integral value, there has been a lack of discourse on the GROWTH, EVOLUTION, SUSTENANCE and FUTURE of the city.

 

The conference and discussions would be held in two phases.

 

PHASE I: FEBRUARY 2019
This conference will focus at the ground realities and factors that are at play in the city today!
How do various stakeholders envision the city and what are the dynamics of its governance, with presence of three governments and an elected MC? How does the urban agglomeration of Panchkula, Chandigarh, and Mohali, inclusive of the adjoining smaller townships actually work?

The entire process has been conceived as participatory. So far meetings have been held with representatives of resident welfare associations, Industries, health, education, transportation, commerce and services. The aim is to organize a set of independent discussions with representatives of individual stakeholders, looking for ideas and solutions, refining and articulating them during the month of January, and including the results in a panel discussion during the February event.

PHASE II: OCTOBER 2019
This international conference will focus on the larger conversation of Chandigarh’s legacy and history as a framework to think about its future, through a series of thematic papers, tie panel discussions and workshops.
The following issues would be analyzed:
How Chandigarh’s urban planning concepts can be updated, in context to its current social, economic, ecological realities, while at the same time staying rooted in its heritage?How can Chandigarh continue to serve as a benchmark of the future of the Indian city? How can we take the idea of Chandigarh forward to envision new and relevant urban idioms?

THE EXHIBITION:

The exhibition aims to put together the journey of Chandigarh city from concept to present, to enable everyone in an understanding of present day Chandigarh through the lens of its past. This would derive from numerous architectural and urban design studies undertaken in the past as well as its design planning process, besides its socio economic evolution. It would also serve as crucial backdrop to the brainstorming at the academic conference.

 

Chandigarh Urban Festival is a two month long cultural and education extravaganza which comprises a series of workshops, discussions and events throughout the Chandigarh Urban Complex, involving educational institutes, Resident Welfare Associations RWAs, religious and social groups, and other organized and unorganized bodies (from sectors like health, transport, trade, banking, media, small scale industry, defense etc.) and stake holders and people from all sections of the society. At a thematic level all citizen activities and celebrations aim to create an understanding of the city as a community space; encourage urban interaction and bonding; and generate belongingness and participation from the cross section of citizens through an environment of happiness, inclusiveness, togetherness and festivities. Besides increasing the livability index of the city, the festival would provide a boost to tourism, trade, commerce, architecture and knowledge exchange in the city and can even become an identity of our city.

All activities of the festival will culminate on 3-4-5 March, 2018 with a curated event full of displays and performances in certain urban spaces of the city, where citizens would be able to revel in a vibrant   and enriching environment, thereby giving everyone an experience they would want to repeat and recreate.The efforts of neighborhood community activities would also be visible in all participating neighbourhoods in these final three days.

 

The academic aspect of the event intends to generate a think tank of future development goals for this important urban centrethat can contribute towards a sustainable future.  The phase –I conference, to be held in conjunction with the festival, will focus at the ground realities and factors that are at play in Chandigarh today and involve multiple stakeholder discussions on issues and ideas. The phase –II conference in October will involve international participation and focus on the larger issue of Chandigarh’s legacy and history as a framework to think about its future, through a series of thematic papers, tie panel discussions and workshops. A research exhibition to bring out the background of current urban issues faced by Chandigarh shall be curated and a few architectural competitions to support the theme would also be conducted. UN Habitat has also committed active participation as knowledge partners in the endeavor.

Chandigarh owes its existence to Le Corbusier. It is our responsibility that the vision of the master architect realizes its full potential and is not lost in the urban pressures of present times. Through this festival we intend to not only cherish the contributions of LC but also ingrain it in the collective memory of the city particularly the younger generation.