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India Walks

We invite you to a unique journey down the river Hooghly from Murshidabad to Kolkata…

Silk River Walk in India – 6 to 17th December 2017


Participate in a unique 12-day International Residency that has been created especially for the Silk River project
Join a group of contemporary artists, historians, writers and musicians from UK and India, where you will:

  • Engage with local artisans and communities along the way,
  • Participate in curated events comprising of talks, workshops and film screenings,
  • Exchange skills with each other,
  • Have the opportunity to create an artistic response, either individually or collectively.

Traversing the journey together from Azimganj, Murshidabad to Botanic Gardens, Kolkata, on boat, foot and by train, participants will not only find inspiration in the shared heritage and history, but also discover the unique stories that each place offers, providing a rare opportunity to explore and engage with the Silk River artists and participants.

Silk River Walk

We invite you to join us for a twelve–day performative walk along the river Hooghly as the culmination of Silk River. This ambitious project explores the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River.

A team of UK artists and communities led by Kinetika’s director, Ali Pretty have been collaborating with Think Arts Director, Ruchira Das and independent film maker, Korak Ghosh working with communities along the Hooghly to devise a series of tailored walking events that will reveal the stories of those who live and work on the river and the connections they have with parallel communities living alongside the Thames Estuary in the UK.

Each community has created a 6m hand-painted silk scroll that is a visual narrative of their walk. Every day a core group will welcome 2 new scrolls to be carried by participants from Murshidabad to Batanagar where there will be a finale moment as we walk all 20 back into central Kolkata.

The journey will be full of surprises – every day will reveal more stories.

To book and for more details contact:


Outline Programme

Silk River Walk India – 6 to 17 December 2017


Price: £1200 – Includes all accommodation, food, transport and local entertainment.

  • Deposit £400 by 30th August 30.
  • Full payment by 30th September.

Flights are not included and guests must book their own – Best flight options are with Jet Airways or Emirates.  Arrival date should be the morning of 5th Dec and the team will then assist you to get the train from Kolkata to Azimganj.  Accommodation is included from the evening of the 5th Dec up to and including the evening of 16th Dec. No accommodation is provided on evening of 17th Dec as this is the last day of the trip.

Please note that Non Resident Indians need a visa.

Participants must have their own comprehensive travel insurance.

Limited bursaries are available on application to Indian Artists, who should apply here: APPLICATION FOR BURSARY

Place numbers available are:

  • 25 Places for international participants
  • 25 Bursaries for Resident Indian artists.

To book and for more details: contact

Details are subject to change.

Wide view of walk areas  – click to enlarge

Walk areas covered in Kolkata – click to enlarge

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