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ComplexCity v2.0: Connecting Experiences

February 2019

 

What is ComplexCity?

ComplexCity is our celebration of the city in all its diversity. It is an invitation to every urban inhabitant to share their experiences of the city with one another. Each one of us here has played a role in shaping the city, helping it achieve its current form. The city is not static either, reinventing itself daily to reveal new shocks and surprises, quirks and eccentricities. That is why it is so important for us to make this journey together, to listen to and participate in past, present and potential urban narratives (be it through conversations, visual art, performances or other formats), so that we may traverse these spaces better and make them more liveable for generations after.

The festival draws from YUVA’s three and a half decade experience of working with people across age groups and backgrounds in urban areas. By encouraging more interaction and engagement between different urban inhabitants—from members of indigenous communities to newly-arrived working professionals, marginalised populations to middle-class citizens, people of different age groups, interests, etc—ComplexCity visions the co-creation of democratic, participatory and inclusive urban spaces.   

Scheduled for February 2019, ComplexCity aims to further the dialogue on urban values, history, culture, socio-economic realities, and much more, which we began with the first edition of the festival last year, which saw the participation of over 1,500 individuals across the city. In its second edition, ComplexCity returns with the promise of more engagement across the events planned. We will together explore a range of urban narratives, especially those that often run the risk of being unheard, helping understand and appreciate new perspectives.

 

When and where is it taking place?

ComplexCity will be held at different spaces across Mumbai and Navi Mumbai, from 13–24 February 2019. The line-up of events include:

        Equipolis: A conference focused on urban practice

        Living Mumbai: A film festival with stories that relate to the world of the urban

   Bolti Bombay: Photography, street play and debate competitions that promote critical thinking on urban issues among the youth

        Making Mumbai: A youth convention to showcase youth action across city spaces

        Culture Kaun: Cultural programmes presenting indigenous traditions, performances, etc

        City walks: Exploring urban localities through the eyes of its everyday inhabitants

 

 Who is it for?

ComplexCity is for every inhabitant of the city. Join in the celebrations and participate in the different events, curated to suit differing interests across backgrounds and age groups. There’s something for everyone! Show up, listen to and share your experiences of the city with each other and us.

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The Daily Schedule of Events

Date

Schedule

Venue/Meeting point (for walks)

Time

6–10  Feb ‘19

Bolti Bombay

Photo exhibition

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival: Jehangir Art Gallery, Terrace Area

11am–7pm

13 Feb ‘19

Bolti Bombay

Debate (Final)

Jai Hind College

10.30am–3pm

Bolti Bombay

Street play (Final

K. C. College

4pm–7.30pm

16 Feb ‘19

City walk

Ambujwadi (Malad West)

Bella Casa, Malad

7.30am–11.30am

Culture Kaun

Expressions across the city

Sai Baba Park

Evershine Nagar

5.30pm–8pm

Living Mumbai

Film festival

Lallubhai Compound, Mankhurd

2pm–4pm

Living Mumbai

Film festival

Belapur (Tata Nagar), Navi Mumbai

7pm–9pm

17 Feb ‘19

City walk

Aarey Colony

Veterinary College entrance, Goregaon

9.30am–1pm

Making Mumbai

Youth convention

Don Bosco, Borivali

10 am onwards

18 Feb ‘19

Living Mumbai

Film festival

Near Chhota Sion Hospital, Dharavi

2pm–5.30pm

19 Feb ‘19

Living Mumbai

Film festival

MMRDA Colony Vashi Naka, Chembur

2pm–4pm

20 Feb ‘19

Living Mumbai

Film festival

Juhu Koliwada, Santacruz

7pm–9pm

Living Mumbai

Film festival

Kranti Nagar, Kandivali

7pm–9pm

21 Feb ‘19

Living Mumbai

Film festival

Qtube Café (Bandra)

6.30pm–8.30pm

22 Feb ‘19

Equipolis

Conference

YMCA, Colaba

11am–4pm

Culture Kaun

Local folk performances

Parmar Industrial Estate, Bail Bazaar, Kurla West

6pm–8pm

Living Mumbai

Film festival

Tata Serein, Thane

6.30pm–8.30pm

Living Mumbai

Film festival

Bhim Nagar, Parel

7pm–9pm

23 Feb ‘19

 

City walk

Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Borivali East entrance

7.30am–12.30pm

City walk

Kharghar

Jesus and Mary High school entrance

7.30am–12.30pm

Culture Kaun

NSPA in collaboration with YUVA, supported by Quantum Mutual Fund

Bombay Stock Exchange International Convention Hall, Rotunda building

7pm–9pm

Living Mumbai

Film festival

Chinchpada, Borivali

7pm–9pm

Living Mumbai

Film festival

Ambujwadi, Malvani

7pm–9pm

24 Feb ‘19

Closing event

Dhuru Hall, Dadar West

5pm–9pm

 

 Events in more detail

Culture Kaun, cultural events and city walks: We are organising a series of cultural expressions across the ComplexCity festival, showcasing unique local urban traditions, music and dance performances, poetry recitations and more. The aim is to expose people to existing narratives of the city they may have not explored before. Throughout the week, city walks will also be organised in different localities of the city, led by local experts who will help explore new areas and talk about life in these urban neighbourhoods.

The city walks are up on Book My Show now. Links pasted below:

1.       If the mangroves could talk: A walk in Ambujwadi.

https://in.bookmyshow.com/activities/if-the-mangroves-could-talk-a-walk-in-ambujwadi/ET00095676

2.       A walk through Aarey’s transforming landscape

https://in.bookmyshow.com/activities/a-walk-through-aareys-transforming-landscape/ET00095679

3.       A journey through Kharghar’s  developmental history

https://in.bookmyshow.com/activities/a-journey-through-kharghar-s-developmental-history/ET00095682

4.       Walk through Adivasipaada of Sanjay Gandhi National Park

https://in.bookmyshow.com/activities/walk-through-adivasipaadas-of-sgnp/ET00095685

Equipolis, the seminar: The material and immaterial realities of Indian cities are founded on urban conditions that can be general and specific, formal and informal, small and large at the same time. This complexity requires those engaging with the ‘urban’ to understand the conditions that are seemingly chaotic and at some times illogical. Practice in the urban is linked to complex interlinkages between various actors—communities, administrators, planners, policy makers, service users, researchers, academia and diverse stakeholder interests. The conference will explore their interplay and focus on cities as sites of resistance.

Living Mumbai, the film festival: Acrossten community locations, YUVA will be hosting film festivals for the community members. The films to be showcased in the different urban localities will focus on themes that the communities are familiar with. Post film screenings, discussions with the community members will take place to contextualise the screened films with lived realities experienced in the urban. A film screening will also take place at Bandra, focused on urban realities.

Making Mumbai, youth convention: The third instalment of Making Mumbai aims to support and take forward the campaigns the youth have been leading over the year, and discuss upcoming youth initiatives as well. This will be a day dedicated to the youth from across the city, so that they can ideate and plan for working with one another towards sustainable and inclusive urban spaces. We will also showcase some observations from our recently concluded City Caravan, a course on co-creating inclusive cities with youth.

Bolti Bombay, competitions event: We are planning a series of competitions during ComplexCity to encourage people’s participation in urban dialogue, developing it as a fun yet enriching experience for all. The photography competition and the first round of the street play competition will be held prior to ComplexCity. Top entries from the photography competition will also be exhibited at Kala Ghoda Arts Festival from 6-10 February 2019. At the competitions event on 13 February, we plan to host an inter-college debate competition and the final round of the street-play competition, and display the photographs received. All competitions will be judged by eminent personalities in the field, and participants and winners can look forward to understanding their city better through their efforts and endeavours.

  

 *We will keep updating this page with more details. Keep watching this space for more. 

To read more about ComplexCity 2018 click here