EXTENSION KHIRKEE - A Street Art Festival
The artists will be active from the 10th till the 31st of March 2012 and the murals will be open indefinitely 31st March onwards.
On the 31st of March we will open the festival at 2:00 PM by distributing maps at the festival hub : S-9 , Khirkee Extension ( opposite Khoj ).
A performance by the Slumgods with live painting is scheduled to occur at the Prithviraj Park, Khirkee - 4:00 PM onwards.
For all press and media enquiries call Aastha on 9811316350.
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‘extension khirkee’ is a Street art festival that brings together creative practitioners from diverse backgrounds of visual art, architecture, media and hip hop.
Khirkee extension is a densely populated urban village. The community that inhabits the area is a mixed one consisting of predominantly low-income labourers, middle class families, students and migrant populations, apart from the old families of the village.
Sustained interventions supported by Khoj International Artists Association (an experimental art studio) since 2004 have encouraged community participation over time and has built a certain level of trust in a dynamic neighbourhood.
This festival is a practise based open ended engagement in the ongoing engagement between art and public within the neighbourhood of Khirkee extension.
What started out as some friends ( Matteo, Mattia, Anpu, Amitabh and Aastha ^) deciding to work together has organically developed to include other artists and enthusiasts interested in exploring the walls within Khirkee.
The burgeoning Hip Hop subculture in Delhi has found a strong voice in Khirkee with an impetus from Tiny Drops, founded by He Ra and his friends. Tiny Drops is a Hip Hop ‘open culture centre’ in Khirkee that has created an engaging youth hub by introducing new forms of self expression and positive thinking.
Still in its infancy the street art culture in Delhi has opened immense possibilities for culture practitioners and this formed the initial framework within which other graffiti artists (ZINE, DAKU, YANTR, He Ra, SAMSAM) were included.
The idea and the scale of the festival keeps spreading, with friends and their friends expressing an interest in participating, with young photographers, filmmakers and artists from the neighbourhood also joining in.
Past Formal Events :
A public talk was given at the FICA reading room, on - Saturday the 24th @ 5:00 PM in which the works in progress were presented .