An open forum for new conversations and initiatives in the creative arts.

We are the OPEN ARTS INITIATIVE, a group of creative professionals living in Goa. Our aim with the Goa Open Arts festival is to galvanise the creative talent pool that resides in Goa. In addition to the significant native population of Goa’s artists, makers and performers, a large number of designers, writers, artists, musicians, chefs and whatnot have come from all over the country and the world to make Goa their home. The festival is a platform where we can all come together and create something new.  

While the Goa Open Arts festival is planned to be a recurring annual event, the OPEN ARTS INITIATIVE is a permanent entity that intends to engage with Goa’s creative community throughout the year. This may be in the form of workshops, residencies, mentoring events, school interactions and plenty more. With a large resource pool of talent, there are many ways in which we think we can contribute towards making Goa a vibrant hub of creativity.

The Festival Team


Diptej Vernekar

An artist and member of the Goa Arts Collective, his work has received prestigious awards and has been exhibited in several shows and festivals including the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa


Gopika Chowfla

Designer and visual artist with years of experience in the area of visual communication and graphic design and has been active in the arts, having displayed her work at shows and festivals including at Sensorium and Serendipity Art Festivals in Goa.

Gurpreet Sidhu

Designer and design entrepreneur, who has established and managed the very successful store People Tree in Delhi and Goa. The store supports fair trade in the crafts and provides a retail platform to many creative practitioners.

Prashant Panjiar

Noted photographer and curator with experience in spearheading and organising 3 editions of the Delhi Photo Festival besides curating the photography section at the Serendipity Arts Festival Goa and the Sensorium festival at Sunaparanta, Goa.

Sitara Chowfla

Curator and arts manager with 7 years experience of working with arts organisations in India and internationally. As a curator, she has extensive experience working with art residencies, exhibitions, festivals and creating public programs.