The Focus Festival: Mumbai Gets It’s Own Photography Festival

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Focus Festival

Festivals are the new Malls. There is one coming up around every second corner, every other week; these festivals though quintessentially different from each other, are quite alike. Different in terms of the art avenues and themes they explore and alike with respect to their setting and vibe. Theatre, jazz, blues, literature, dance, and now photography! Mumbai is all set to get its own photography festival, unimaginatively titled FOCUS! Here’s the low-down on the details of the festival.

Dates:
March 13 – March 27, 2013

Theme: The City
In its first year, Focus has chosen a theme that is generic, widely explored, and one that connects with all with ease. While Mumbai has been the muse of many photographers and many exhibitions showcasing the same have been held in the past, it would be nice to see different takes on this bubbling metropolis all at once.

Venue:
From Thursday, March 14 onward, Cheval Bar & Restaurant will be the center of the Focus festival. You can read photography books, meet like minded photo-lovers, find out more about the events programme and pick up festival merchandise.
Address: Cheval Bar & Restaurant, 2nd Floor, 145 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Above Khyber, Opp. Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai.

Exhibitions/Workshops/Talks:
Here are some events that will be held as part of the festival.All events are free to the public and open to all. Do check if you need to RSVP before attending.

Thursday, March 14 to Wednesday, March 27, 12 – 7pm: Free Open Library. Photography books and magazines provided by Pro-Helvetia Swiss Arts Council and Photo Corner at our FOCUS Hub.
Venue address: Cheval Bar & Restaurant, 2nd Floor, 145 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Above Khyber, Opp. Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

Thursday March 14 to Saturday, March 23, 3 – 7pm: Portfolio reviews with experts in photo based work. Registration details to be announced soon.
Venue address: Cheval Bar & Restaurant, 2nd Floor, 145 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Above Khyber, Opp. Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

Thursday, March 14, 7 – 8.30pm: Punctum Magazine event at Bombay Electric. Video screenings and readings followed by a discussion with photographers Sooni Taraporevala and Fabien Charuau, Punctum contributor and art critic Deepanjana Pal and FOCUS co-founder Matthieu Foss.
Venue address: 1 Reay House, Best Marg, Colaba, Mumbai

Thursday, March 14, 6.30 – 9.30pm: Art Night Thursday – Late night gallery openings. Visit gallery exhibitions which are part of FOCUS at Art Musings, Chemould Prescott Road, Galerie Max Mueller – Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, The Guild, The Hermès Mumbai store, Project 88, Sakshi Gallery and Studio X.

Friday, March 15, 6 – 8pm: PARSIS. Sooni Taraporevala in conversation with Mira Nair.
Register: M – 9930136486 / 9930134152 | E – register@avidlearning.in.
Venue address: Chemould Prescott Road. Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G T Marg, Fort, 022 2200 0211 / 12

Saturday, March 16, 2 – 4pm: Photography Then and Now. Activity based workshop for children between 8-12 years accompanied by adults (mandatory), covering basics of photography, pin-hole cameras and a bit of Mumbai history. The workshop will be led by Jess Cator. Entrance is on a first come, first serve basis so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Venue address: Galerie Max Mueller, Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, Ground floor, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.

Sunday, March 17, 11am – 1pm: The World Through Your Lens. A basic level digital photography workshop will give you an overview on focal length, megapixel, aperture, shutter, ISO, basic lighting, composition and more. The workshop will be led by Himanshu Seth. 25 spaces available.
Register: M – 9930136486 / 9930134152 | E – register@avidlearning.in.
Venue address: ICIA Gallery, Rampart Row, Kala Ghoda.

Tuesday, March 19 6pm, IQ Talk, Session 2. Roundtable discussion around the theme of Photography and the City with Marhu Jain, editor of IQ, Mahin Singh, photographer, Jehru Mulla who is associated with Sophia College and guest speaker award-winning photographer and IQ contributor Raghu Rai. RSVP required.
Venue address: Cheval Bar & Restaurant, 2nd Floor, 145 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Above Khyber, Opp. Rhythm House, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai

Friday, March 22, 5.30 – 7.30pm: Book launch: ‘A Certain Grace: The Sidi, Indians of African Descent’ by Ketaki Sheth.
Venue: Jnanapravaha Mumbai. Presentations by Ketaki Sheth (artist), Beheroze Shroff (film maker) and Devika Daulet-Singh (publisher). Venue address: Jnanapravaha Mumbai, Queens Mansion, 3rd Floor, G. Talwatkar Marg, Fort, Mumbai.

Saturday, March 23, 2 – 4pm: Photography Then and Now (workshop in Hindi). Activity based workshop for children between 8-12 years accompanied by adults (mandatory), covering basics of photography, pin-hole cameras and a bit of Mumbai history. The workshop will be led by Jess Cator. 20 spaces available (10 pairs – adult and child). Entrance is on a first come, first serve basis.
Venue address: Galerie Max Mueller, Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai, Ground floor, K Dubash Marg, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai.

Tuesday, March 26, 5.30 – 7.30pm: Talk. BlueFROG and Project88 present Chirodeep Chaudhuri in a Q&A with Sooni Taraporevala on the subject of his new book ‘A Village in Bengal’.
Venue address: BlueFROG, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai.

Photography Competitions:
Café Zoe in Lower Parel will be hosting an online Instagram / Twitter photography competition titled ‘Urban Remnants Recaptured’. The theme for the contest is ‘Industrial Spaces’ and Mumbaikars can capture these hidden spaces in the city on camera. Ten of the best photographs that recapture these picturesque wonders will win the opportunity to be framed up on the walls of Café Zoe.

 Youth Incorporated Magazine will host a facebook photography competition.

 The Mumbai Art Map will be running an online cover design competition for its fourth issue.

For further queries, visit The Focus Festival, Mumbai website.

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Sometimes I wish I was Shandler – quirky like Sheldon and sarcastic + funny like Chandler. But then, I am me. The girl who needs her life to be a collage of small joys, brain-tickling conversations and as impulsive as it is cautious.