Abhivyakti – The City Arts Project is an initiative of the UNM Foundation of the Mehta family of the Torrent Group. After completing four successful editions in Ahmedabad, Abhivyakti will organise its first performance at Alembic Art District, in Vadodara on September 30 and October 1, 2023.
Till date the festival has witnessed participation from over 250 artists who were provided a platform by the UNM Foundation through this initiative. Around 1 lakh people have already enjoyed the performances in Ahmedabad and Surat. Under its plans to take Abhivyakti outside the City of Ahmedabad the UNM Foundation has already organised a two-day festival in Surat in February 2023 under the banner of Abhivyakti Surat.
Abhivyakti Vadodara is bringing three of its most sought-after and successful performances from the Edition-4 of Ahmedabad. The audience entry to the festival is free and open to all on a first come-first serve basis.
The acts to be performed over the two days include, Dang’s Oral Folklore: The Tale of Kanasari by PS Chari, a notable performing artist, director and educator, doing theatre for 35 years. Chari will bring forth a local tribe story from the Kukna community of the dang district to the stage. Titled “Kanasari”, the production narrates the story of a woman who fights for fertility and life in a world where everything is perishable. The heart wrenching and eye-opening tale envisages to capture the audience, through emotional performances by the artists.
Taking inspiration from his journey of exploring the folk music of different states and nationalities, Hardik Dave will be presenting a unique production titled “Shabad Parikrama.” Starting from Gujarat, the production will give the audience a glimpse of music from all across the nation. The performance promises to present an interesting blend of instruments like piano, percussion, chello, uddu and kartal. Audience can rest assured to go on a journey of all the territorial music during the performance.
The Tapi Project, a beloved band from Surat will perform songs about letting go, of erasing conventions and conditioning, getting in touch with self and becoming infinite. The experience in its true sense will be an invitation for the audience to hear, see, touch, and feel beyond the senses.
Abhivyakti envisions making art an integral part of the social fabric, by enabling access for audiences without constraint of location, thresholds (physical and individual) and social or economic strata by free entry.
The mission is to identify and support budding talent. And then provide the appropriate platform for these artists of all genres to present their craft to the city and its populace.
Abhivyakti encompasses many myriad art forms ranging from dance, music, painting, photography, installations and theatre. Abhivyakti aims at bringing international quality art to the people, absolutely free.