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The Art Pavilion

Edition 1:
February 13-16, 2020

The first edition of the Goa Open Arts festival took place at the Don Joao Heritage Lawns in Nagoa from 13-16 February 2020. Over four days, Goa's creative talent was on display bringing together an incredible mix of art, music, poetry, dance, food, drinks, friends, family and more. The festival saw 2500 visitors enjoy the art exhibition, engage in interactive and live art sessions, partake in learning workshops, grab a tasty treat and sit back and relax under the evening stars while tapping their feet to the specially curated music performances. The spirit of Goa was alive in the vibrant atmosphere and great enthusiasm was expressed in anticipating the second edition of the Goa Open Arts festival!

Glimpses of the festival

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Printmaking in Goa

Ten artists came together to present 'Susegade' through the medium of print

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Fado Concert

Sonia Shirsat paid tribute to the Queen of Fado, Amalia Rodrigues

Nikhil Chopra, Be Like Water

Be Like Water

Nikhil Chopra's durational performance premiered at the festival

Edible Archives

Edible Archives

Anumitra and Shalini's installation engaged visitors' tastebuds to evoke emotions

Dhiraj Pednekar creating his artowrk Bor

Live Art

Dhiraj Pednekar working on site to create his art work Born from Ashes II

Theatre Workshop

Creative Workshops

Artists conducted workshops for children from Government schools


"Almost every participating artist was present to talk about their work. Thus, instead of being guided by curatorial preoccupations, visitors experienced a constellation of conversations."

Vivek Menezes, LiveMint

Coming next

While the on-going situation with the Corona Virus pandemic has created uncertainty regarding the timing of the next Goa Open Arts festival, the event definitely intends to be back with a second edition as soon as it is possible. In the meanwhile, following up on the successful engagement with the creative community in Goa, we will continue to use this platform to initiate programmes and opportunities for Goa based artists.

Support the initiative

Going beyond the festival, Goa Open Arts is a platform to support creative practices in many other ways. You can support this initiative in your own way - from making a one-off donation to becoming a patron, a friend or a collaborator.

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