Neralu, the Bengaluru Tree Festival is back with its second edition on Feb 7, 8 & 14 in a new format. Neralu 2015 will celebrate trees in different localities and public spaces, from the traditional tree platforms or Kattes, to our neighbourhood parks and streets that are part of our lives. Events are in collaboration with various institutions, networks and community groups.
The festival begins on 7th February, 2015 at Doddamavalli Katte near Lalbagh; a platform where Peepul, Neem and Banni trees stand tall along with snake stones and the people who revere them. Local communities have been using this space for years, and Neralu’s focus is to draw attention to the old-world charm that flourishes in many parts of Bangalore. Workshops, talks, audio walks, performances and art installations will be hosted at NGMA (National Gallery of Modern Art) on 7th and 8th with some eminent personalities including Malavika Sarukkai, Mala Kumar, Nagesh Hegde, Suresh Moona, Dr. TV Ramachandra & Vijay Thiruvady.
Walks come right to your neighbourhood on 8th February, which will introduce the public to trees through cultural and ecological narratives, and a unique photo walk where participants will record tree-stories in various localities of Bangalore. A mini-Neralu event will also take place at MN Krishna Rao Park, Basavanagudi on 8th February, with activities that will bring together people of all age groups to enjoy their Sunday morning in the wonderful company of trees.
The following weekend, on Saturday, 14th February, the festivities will move to Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park, with a host of art activities and cultural performances by MD Pallavi, and Shabnam Virmani and Vipul Rekhi of The Kabir Project, to bring a grand closure to the Neralu tree celebrations.
The schedule has something for everyone, and it is here – www.neralu.in/schedule. Workshops and Walks reequire prior registration, and one can register here – www.neralu.in/register
Neralu is entirely crowd-funded by citizens, and the festival is open to all. Our hope is that by making the process participatory in every way, we will be able to strike a chord with people by communicating some of the issues concerning trees, and rekindle their connect with nature.
We look forward to seeing you at the festival with your family and friends.