Your Delhi Diary: What’s on this week


Fountains on Rajpath in February

There’s a tango festival, a book launch about the lives of women taxi drivers in Delhi, a celebration of the capital with Words in the Garden and a whole lot more happening over the next seven days or so.  Come inside and take a look.

Festival of Letters until the 26th February at Satahitya Akademi

Sahitya Akademi’s Annual Literary Festival, Festival of Letters 2017, sees writers, poets, scholars and critics of 24 languages come together for a week long gathering.  To find out more head to Facebook.

3rd Delhi International Tango Festival from 23rd – 26th February

Organised by the New Delhi Tango School, at the Eros Hotel.  Maestros Dana Jazmin Frigoli and Adrian Romeo Ferreyra from Argentina will be in attendance.  More on Facebook and take a look at the website

Book Launch – Lady Driver: Stories of women behind the wheel on 23rd February

Lady Driver brings together the unique stories, struggles and setbacks of 12 women drivers trained to be taxi drivers in Delhi.

Womennovator Summit 17, University of Chicago Centre on 24th February

A big opportunity for innovators, educators, hackers, designers, artisans and anyone passionate about exploring new marketing options and showcasing their passion.  Find out more at this link.

 Shopping Mela – Basant Bizaar until the 27th February

A celebration of spring time with crafts, cultural events and cuisine. Daskar, started by six women in 1981, supports artisans preserve traditional skills. Near Andheria Modh.  Google maps will guide you in.

Storytelling for kids – An enchanting tale from a far away land

When Ma and Pa’s sons vanish, they begin to cry. Along comes a brave little girl, who promises to make them smile again? Will Ma and Pa lose their sons forever? Who is this girl? Find out more on Facebook,

Art Exhibition at the Indian Habitat Centre: Pilgrimage until 26th February

Gaynor O’Flynn, an artist from the UK, presents Pilgrimage, an exhibition of her extensive personal pilgrimages in the Himalayan range.  Find out more at this link

Shopping Mela – Hunar Haat, Baba Kjarak Singh Marg until the 26th February

Over 130 stalls showcasing the arts and crafts of minority communities and cuisines of 13 regions.  Dal Bati Churma from Rajasthan, Litti Chokha from Bihar and kebabs from Lucknow. The Haat is not hot, but the food is.

Women Writers Festival at Sri Aurobindo Centre on 24th-25th February.

Women in the workplace – how women must think and what women must do to inspire more women to pursue meaningful careers.  At Sri Aurobindo Centre for Arts and Communication.  For more head to Facebook.

Words in the Garden on the 24th and 25th February

A Celebration of Literature, Arts and Ideas. The festival explores and celebrates Delhi through words, ideas, expressions, discussions, dialogues, readings, exhibitions and performances.  At the India International Centre for more information its Facebook.

Shopping: German Springfest on the 25th and 26th February

A two day festival to welcome in spring. Lifestyle products, designer home ware, high end women’s fashion, children goodies, stuff for the garden and much more.  Food, live bands and DJ’s to keep you entertained too.  Facebook for more.

Shopping mela: DCWA International Bazaar on 26th February

Taking place on the front lawns of the Ashok Hotel, the DCWA International Bazaar promises shopping from a range of international stores, games, children’s rides, cakes,  drinks and international food.  For more visit the DCWA website.

Walk with nature – Conservation Education Centre

To escape the hustle and bustle of the city, check out the nature walks offered by  CEC this February. On the 26th February there’s a Butterfly Gardening Workshop.  Learn more about the CEC at this post.

 Art Workshop – Gond Diaries: book now for March 4th and 5th

Bhajju Shyam, a master of Gond Art and the man behind famous “The London Jungle Book” teaches at the Craft Centre for two days. Find out more about the course and booking on Facebook.

International Association of Women in Radio and Television, Asia Film Festival from the 2nd – 4th March

IAWRT Asian Women’s Film Festival  showcases works by women directors of Asian origin ranging from animation, non-fiction, short/feature fiction, experimental and student films.  Find out more at this website and look at the schedule here

Book now to travel on the world’s oldest steam train on the 11 March and 8th April

After spending five years in the maintenance shed the world record breaking Fairy Queen is back on the tracks and picking up passengers in Delhi.  If you want a ticket move quick: there’s only a few available.  Find out more at this link.

Wondering what’s going on at Delhi’s International Culture Centres.

There will be plays, music, film and much more on at Delhi’s International Film Centres.  Find out what’s what, at this link.  If you have any more free time, take somthing international in.

And finally, remember…..

Mughal Gardens are open until early March – Mughal Gardens is open to the public 

Impressive isn’t the word when it comes to the gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan (the President’s House). It’s not open to the public all the time, but when the President issues his invite Dilliwalahs come in there droves.  For more information click on this link.


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