Come February, Bengaluru’s trees burst into spectacular bloom. NERALU, a citizen-led tree festival, is being organised on 18th and 19th February 2017. Neralu, which means ‘shade’ in Kannada, is being planned to coincide with the blooming season in the city, and will bring together citizens to celebrate the garden city’s glorious natural heritage. The festival will feature a multitude of visual and experiential activities, for people of all ages.

Bound by a common love for trees, we have naturalists, ecologists, artists, technologists, storytellers, homemakers, photographers, and many more citizens from all walks of life, working together to organise Neralu. Schools have also been invited to participate in Neralu in the month prior to the festival, by engaging students in exciting projects that help them explore the world of trees.

This year, Neralu’s events will reach out to more neighbourhoods of our lovely city. We kick off on Saturday, 18th February, on a festive note, at one of Bengaluru’s newer landmarks, the Cubbon Park Metro Station, and the corner of Cubbon Park abutting it. On Sunday, 19th February, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) plays host, with talks, workshops, performances and all-day activities lined up. Neralu’s tree walks come right to your neighbourhood! Workshops and Walks require prior registration, and you can register here:

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 bond with nature. We look forward to seeing you at the festival with your family and friends.

Dates and Venue: Cubbon Park & Cubbon Park Metro Station (18th Feb) + NGMA (19th Feb)

Detailed schedule and timing: