The first week of the Biodiversity By The Bay arts festival ended on a high note, with Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announcing on Sunday that he was scrapping the Colaba-Banda-Seepz Metro car shed in Aarey Milk Colony. Safeguarding the Aarey forest, often called the green lungs of the city, is one of the key reasons why the Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic, in association with DeadAnt, has put together this three week extravaganza of music, design and comedy under the Biodiversity By The Bay banner.
The good news capped off what was an already amazing week, thanks to virtual live performances by artists including Nikhil Dsouza, Parekh and Singh, Anushka Manchanda, Tejas, Dee MC, BLOT!, and Poetik Justis. Despite a few technical glitches (we forgot to offer a sacrifice to the internet gods), we had a lot of fun with the artists putting up strong performances across the board. If you missed any of the sets, or just want to revisit them one more time, we’ve put them all together in one place below.
This week, we’ve moved on to the design part of the festival, with daily artistic interventions by visual artists including Shilo Shiv Suleman, Priyanka Paul, Pia Alize Hazarika, Aaquib Wani, Aaron Pinto, Smish Design, Mehek, Osheen Siva, Shweta Malhotra and Vinu Joseph. The artists will each launch a new work which responds to Mumbai’s ecosystem. We’ll wrap up with a week full of comedy with performances by Kunal Rao, Prashasti Singh, Daniel Fernandes, Anu Menon, and The Internet Said So.
The Biodiversity By The Bay festival is part of our campaign to use digital and social action to help protect what makes Mumbai special. Key demands and call to actions for the campaign include protection of the Lesser Flamingo, declaring certain wetlands and mangroves as well as the Aarey forest as no development protected areas, supporting and sustaining the livelihoods of Koli communities in the city, and acknowledging the need to protect Mumbai’s marine ecosystems.
You can sign the petition to protect our legacy of biodiversity in Mumbai and have you voice heard here. For more details on this and other campaign by the Ministry of Mumbai’s Magic, visit their website here.