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Indian Walk Program Unveiled!

Indian Walk Program Unveiled!

On July 20, 2017, Posted by , With No Comments

We invite you to
The Silk River Walk in India.
Dec 6 – 17 2017

A unique journey down the river Hooghly from Murshidabad to Kolkata.

Come for the day or participate in a unique 12-day International Residency

Join a group of contemporary artists, historians, writers and musicians from UK and India for the Silk River India Walk, where you will engage with the local artisans and community members along the way, participate in curated events comprising of talks, workshops and film screenings, share practice, 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 artists and participants from the Silk River project.

This bespoke residency is open to participants living in either UK or India. For further details, fees and information on how to apply, please send us an email:

Silk River Walk India – 6-17 December 2017

  • 6 December: International Place-making Seminar Azimganj
  • 7 December: Silk River walks begins: Azimganj to Hazarduari
  • 8 December: International artists exchange workshop on board boat from Murshidabad to Krishnanagar
  • 9 December: Krishnanagar visit to sculptors studios and local artists and former Indigo Estate
  • 10 December: Boat to Chandannagar, exchange with lighting artists
  • 11 December: Visit Chandannagar Strand boat to Barrackpore
  • 12 December: Visit to Gandhi Ghat and Museum and Serampore Block Printing studios, hosted by Future Hope
  • 13 December: Boat to Kolkata, visits to Kumartuli, Jorasanko and Marble Palace
  • 14 December: Tour of Burrabazaar and Howrah
  • 15 December: Visit to Kidderpore docks and tour of Batanagar
  • 16 December: Cross river to Botanic Gardens and tour
  • 17 December: Finale at Kolkata

Details are subject to change.

Wide view of walk areas  – click to enlarge

Walk areas covered in Kolkata – click to enlarge

“Silk River involves organisations in UK and West Bengal who work in heritage, culture, craft, tourism and education. We are delighted that this exciting project is part of the UK India Year of Culture, which seeks to showcase innovative and creative work from both countries, building deeper connections between communities.”
Says Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India

“Silk River transposes Kinetika’s walking, talking and making model to an international context for the first time — a tool for re-imagining the relationship between India and the UK and changing our perception of our place in the world. Bringing 32 years of experience working between Kolkata and London I am excited to collaborate with a team of talented artists and producers from both countries to create new artworks on Bengali silk and connecting thousands of people through what promises to be an extraordinary journey. Come walk with us.” Says Ali Pretty, Artistic Director Kinetika

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