Dear Culture Lab family,
It was our conscious effort in 2017 to provide a safe space for liberal ideas and a platform for marginalized voices. With the crowds that have thronged our Viva Vikhroli campus and the feedback we have received online and from our attendees, we can confidently say that it’s been an incredible year.
This newsletter is our effort to capture all that happened at our Culture Lab in 2017. We must admit it’s been really difficult. To truly experience our programming you need to come here and see it live, but we’ve used the best media tools at our disposal to give you a sense of all that took place.
Our centerpiece in 2017 was a deeply moving pop-up – Museum of Memories: Remembering Partition. Twelve exhibitions, multiple collaborators, and some of the best minds from India spoke about the Partition of the Indian Subcontinent into Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. We have created a cool after movie to give you a jhalak into all that transpired. Watch it here.
Our Remembering Partition event makes an appearance in the other pieces in this newsletter too. We have a compilation of the top 7 blogs on our website. This includes features by the incredible RJ of Radio Nasha, Rohini Ramnathan talking about Partition songs in Bollywood. It also has personal stories of women journalists who are risking their lives across India to bring us the news. Read them here.
We also have a compilation of the top online addas we hosted as a build up to our events. Conversations at the Culture Lab are now no longer restricted to the physical realm. Check out Put Chutney and Sofia Ashraf talking about dissenting through YouTube videos. Or Paromita Vohra and Bishakha Datta talking about digital feminism. Read them here.
It was also the year of our first live streams. As we look back, we are overwhelmed by the beautiful minds we hosted at the Lab. From Mona Eltahawy, the revolutionary Egyptian-American feminist to economist and legendary Indian journalist P. Sainath. Check them out.
We also have our year in photos – Lab head Parmesh on the TED stage, Barkha Dutt and our team at We the Women conference, survivors of the Partition narrating their brave stories, the Yalgaar troupe singing their heart out – they have made us a little teary eyed. Check them out here.
Finally, we don’t just look back at the Culture Lab. Looking forward - our 2018 looks bigger and better already. Five incredible events over three days await you in January as we celebrate queer culture as part of Pride month with our ‘LGBTQ Now!' events. You can already start RSVPing by clicking here.
We sincerely hope you can come and visit us in 2018. This journey would be incomplete without you. So come back more often, engage with us more often and help us change the world in our own little way.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all.
Kevin + Culture Lab Team