We got you to sit up and take notice, didn’t we?
It’s the start of a brand new year and with that comes a whole range of new events, festivals, plays, programmes, concerts and parties to look forward to. We all know that Vh1 Supersonic is making it’s way to Pune from the 10th to 12th of February for a fiery edition and even better ticket prices.
The sheer number of events taking place this year are so vast that we couldn’t even move past the first few months! Even with SulaFest gearing up for their 10th edition in Nashik from 3rd to 5th of Feb (tickets), it’s a jam-packed schedule of events over the next few months.
But here are those mid-sized festivals that have something special planned ensuring your 2017 gets off to a fire-pumping start!
1. Jaipur Lit Fest
Calling all book lovers, literature enthusiastic and aspiring poets! Celebrated writers and thinkers from across the globe; embrace your passion for the written word as a true art form, and engage in intriguing debates, discussions and dialogue as the Jaipur Lit Fest is back for its 10th year! Not only is this five-day festival the largest free literature fest in the world, but it has given local writers and readers a grand platform to share their mutual love for this incredible art form.
Date: January 19th to 23rd
Place: Diggi Palace Hotel, Jaipur, Rajastan
2. Nariyal Paani 2017
Head on over to Alibaug for a camping adventure like no other. With a range of stellar musicians as well as live original music ranging from folk, jazz and reggae, to electro-pop, hip-hop and beatboxing; Nariyal Paani promises to be a fascinating experience blending adventure and music for an awesome time on the beach.
Date: January 21st to 22nd
Book tickets here.
Infused with visual art, adventure and royal hospitality, Taalbelia is a 4-day round-the-clock residential music festival that witnesses genres change with the direction of the sun. From authentic Shekhawati delicacies to royal stables; dirt bikes to jam sessions; Taalbelia has it all! This boutique festival is a magical journey that elaborately celebrates music, culture and art in the most gorgeous venue there is!
Date: January 26th to 29th
Book tickets here .
4. GOAT Festival
Named after the London-based GOAT Music company, GOAT festival is a boutique event that brings together two of the most fascinating art forms for an awesome three-day extravaganza. This quirky festival features music and art from around the world; bringing the festivities to the shores of Goa every year. The multi-genre fest also includes local talent, ensuring Indian musicians get the exposure they need.
Date: January 27th to 29th
Place: Ashvem and Morjim beach, Goa.
Book your tickets here.
5. Udaipur World Music Festival
Back for its second edition, the Udaipur World Music Festival has opened the eyes of Rajastani people to global music, talent, culture and performers. It has given music lovers of the city insight and exposure to a whole new world of music like never before. Thanks to the organizers of this festival, the local people have witnessed artists and ensembles from over 12 countries including Ghana, Spain, Venezuela, Italy and France. Connecting the world through music, the festival is all set for another amazing edition.
Date: February 10th to 12th
Place: Udaipur, Rajasthan
Click here for more information.
6. Mahindra Blues Festival
I’ve got the blues, baby! Leave it to the artists to drive those blues away. Whether it’s the therapeutically healing sound of the artists you crave or just an evening of soulful music to escape your troubles, Asia’s biggest blues festival is back to rock Mehboob studio. The Mahindra Blues Festival has been bringing together some of the best blues musicians from around the world for the past 6 years. In addition to giving Indian blues bands a chance to showcase their talent alongside International artists on the big stage; MBF has also won the 2014 ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’ award presented by the Blues Foundation of America. You don’t really need another reason, do you?
Date: February 11th to 12th
Place: Mehboob studio, Bandra(w).
Book your tickets here.
7. Desert Festival Jaisalmer
Looks like Rajasthan is getting 2017 off to a flying start! The desert of Rajasthan is all set to come alive with colour, enthusiasm and happiness as the annual Jaisalmer Desert Festival is all set to grace the gorgeous Golden Desert City of Jaisalmer this February. This cultural festival features camel races, turban tying competitions, best moustache competitions as well as folk musical performance under the moonlight and culturally rich experiences. Not many people know this, but the cultural festival emerged due to an ancient legend. In the year 1196, Lord Krishna’s prophecy came true, leading to celebrations throughout the kingdom. These celebrations soon developed into a festival that is now celebrated every year.
Date: February 8th to 10th
Place: Sam Sand Dunes 42 K.M. from Jaisalmer
Get more information here.
8. International Yoga Festival
The international yoga festival is going back to the birthplace of Yoga for an authentic and peaceful exercise experience. Learn and practice with the masters of Traditional Yoga as well as Internationally well known yoga schools at this week-long festival. It features over 60 hours of yoga classes and includes different styles of yoga including Kundalini Yoga, Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga and Kriya Yoga.
Place: Parmarth Niketan, Swargashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
Date: March 1st to 7th
Find out more here.
9. Holi Moo Festival
March is all set to bring the heat and we’re not just talking about the weather. If it’s name is any indication, then this festival is going to be pumping! The Holi Moo Festival will take place in New Delhi on 13th March, 2017. The festival will feature multiple stages, scrumptious food and really interesting beverage points that will keep you hydrated in the summer heat. After being termed “The second best place in the world to celebrate Holi” by The Wall Street Journal, we don’t think you need any more validation. Tickets will be out by Jan-end and will be available online.
Place: Asiad Tower (Jhankar Lawns), centrally located at the Asiad Village, next to Hauz Khas and Shahpur Jat.
Date: March 13th
Read more here.
10. Banff Mountain Film And Book Festival World Tour
Book and film lovers have another reason to celebrate! The festival features nine epic days of mountain stories that includes profound journeys, unexpected adventures, and ground-breaking expeditions told by authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe. What’s awesome is that the organizers hold a world tour every year ensuring that they spread the love for prose and movies to different parts of the world. Don’t miss the Indian dates!
Place: Surat, India
Date: March, 2017
Learn more here.