Your Delhi Diary: Here’s what’s on this week


Relax. Cooling off on the water pipe as mum clears the ticks

Here’s run-down of a dozen or so events happening in and around Delhi over the next week or so.  There’s a French Mela, a poetry festival, a film festival and the chance to eat some super food at Grub Fest.  Find out more about what’s going on inside.

Festivals, fairs and celebrations in the merry month of March

If you enjoyed Holi and want to find some more festivals, fairs and celebrations to partake in somewhere in the subcontinent, then take a look at what else is happening in the merry month of March at this link.

Anuradhapura and Varanasi: A Tale of Two at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts until the 31st March

A project initiated in 2015 to explore the shared histories within the sub-continent. Six artists from Indian and five from Sri Lanka embark on a journey to understand the politics of cities, religions and the stories that Anuradhapura and Varansai tell.  More here.

Francoaphone week and Mela at Alliance De Francaise from 16th – 18th March

French speakers and Francophiles from around the world  come together to become real “Citoyens du monde” for the Francophonie Festival.   There’s film festivals, theatre, live music acts and, of course, the much awaited Francophone Mela!  More on the website.

Hundred Pipers Play for a cause – The Dire Straits Experience on 17th March

The Dire Straits Experience’, performing live for the first time in India, support the 100 Pipers ‘Play for a Cause’ initiative that provides sustainable drinking water to villagers in Rajasthan. Featrures original Dire Straits band mates Chris White, Chris Whitten and Terence Reis (lead vocals and guitar).  More information at Book My Show.

Indie Art Week until the 19 March, South Delhi

This week long festival brings together artists, actors and musicians in Chattaphur for a week-long celebration of independent artists.  What to know what’s what and how you can get tickets, then head on over to Facebook.

Poetry Festival at the India International Centre from 17 March – 19 March

A celebration of poetry and literature, this 3 day festival founded in 2012 promotes Hindi and Urdu literature.   Readings, discussions and awards, returning to the India International Centre in 2017.   For more information and to register, visit the website.

Experimental Calligraphy, anti SOCIAL on the 18th March

Ever wanted to write words that look beautiful?  Unleash yourself and see what you can create with this calligraphy class at anti-social.  Find out more on Facebook.

Grub Fest: Get Eating from 17th – 19th March

The end of spring sees another excuse to celebrate with your taste buds.  The good people at Grub Fest bring us another food festival.  Yum.  Find out more at this link.

Learn to grow Microgreens on the 19th March

If you want to find your green fingers or improve the quality of your conversation with edible plants, then this workshop could be for you.  But wait a minute, what are Microgreens?  Microgreens are nutrient-packed, flavor-rich mini versions of commonly eaten greens used by gourmet chefs as edible jewellery.  Now you know, you can decide whether to go.  For more information head over to this link.

TED Mist at DilliHaat, Janakpuri, on 19 March

Talks, discussion and debate with speakers including Tanvie Hans, who is bringing the beautiful game to in India after a sparkling career at Tottenham Hotspur Women’s FC, and Fatima Lodhi, a social activist from Pakistan, whose fighting colourism amidst a society obsessed with fair skin.  More information about this event on Facebook.

Classical music fusion at the Indian International Centre on the 19 March

Ragaffaire, an Indo-Canadian fusion band presenting a repertoire of semi-classical songs and fusion music. Sitar, flute, tabla, guitar and bass guitar come together at Amaltas, at the Indian Habitat Centre.

World Press Photo Awards 2016 from 22 March until 3rd April

An  exhibition of prize winning photographs from the World Press Photo Contest 2016. An annual contest on photojournalism and documentary photography  by the World Press Photo Foundation.  For more information visit the India International Centre website.

Wondering what else is on?

If you want to know what else is on, check out this Namaste New Delhi link that points you in the direction of online event and entertainment sites that make a business out of presenting, promoting and advertising different activities in and around Delhi.

Future dates for you diary

Habitat International Film Festival (HIFF 2017) will begin on the 24 March

If films from right around the world shown over 10 days at India’s premier cultural venue sounds like your India of fun, then you’ll love what’s going on at the India International Centre.  If you want to know more, then check out this link.  

Jahan e Khusrau, 24th – 26th March

The Parrot of India, Amir Khusrau, Sufi musician, scholar and poet, spiritual disciple of  Nizamuddin Auliya, and the father of the qawwali, is an iconic figure in the cultural history of the subcontinent.  His work will be celebrated over three days.   More information on Facebook.   Contact the organisors on Facebook for ticket information.

Dessertarian Festival will be sweet from the 24th – 26th March

If you love sweet things and can’t get enough of after dinner treats at any time of the day or night, then Dessertarian Festival could be a dangerous place for you to go.  So much sweetness to select from.  Here’s where to start.

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