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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

Featured Video
Remembering Partition - The After Movie
To celebrate India’s 70th year of Independence, we turned our focus to the making of two nations – India and Pakistan. Over three days, our Museum of Memories: Remembering Partition event had close to 2000 footfalls! We are so grateful to everyone who came to attend the event, as well as those who gave their time and expertise to collaborate with us. We’ve tried to capture some of the moments in this slick video.

Check it out here.
Looking forward to 2018
LGBTQ Now! - Pride Month at Culture Lab
We are hosting three events that showcase LGBTQ youth culture as a part of QAM (Queer Azaadi Mumbai). We will host film, theatre, dance, fashion, installations and conversations that explore how the youth are pushing the boundaries of activism and configuring new ways of expressing and celebrating queerness.

RSVP for the events here
Best of 2017
Top 7 blogs of the year
We published book extracts, opinion pieces, personal stories and listicles this year! Our top seven includes pieces by Radio Nasha RJ Rohini Ramnathan, prolific filmmaker and journalist Minnie Vaid, film author, and journalist Aseem Chhabra and historian Aanchal Malhotra among others. There’s enough reading material to take you into the New Year.

Check them all out here
Best of 2017
Top 5 online addas of the year
We decided to experiment with taking the same quality of conversations we host at the Lab to the online world. Our base has been Twitter and it has worked really well. 

Read the conversations here
Best of 2017
Top 3 live streams of the year
It was fulfilling to see thousands tune into the conversations we hosted at the Lab. Whether that was watching the stalwarts of Indian cinema talk about the Partition, or Sainath telling people to start talking about rural India, or some of the world’s leading feminists discussing everything feminism – we are glad we could expand our auditorium online.

Watch them here
Best of 2017
Best moments of the year in pics
In this Instagram-led generation, pictures tell the best stories. Here are the best moments from our archives which have both on and off stage moments. Hope you enjoy them.  

Click here to see the pictures
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