The annual Bengaluru Habba showcases the best of India's emerging dance, art, music and film artists. The entire city of Bengaluru (as it's now known) becomes a venue, with parks, temples, malls and other public places being converted into performance areas where festival-goers can take in the cultural fare and enjoy interactive sessions. All events are free and aim to reinstate Bangalore as the cultural capital of India, and there is always some magnificent folk art to be purchased for friends and family back home. The festival was started in 2003 by the Artist Foundation for Arts, and has hosted over 10,000 artists from around the state, the country and overseas. Many museums, galleries and artistic institutions celebrate the festival by hosting events and offering special deals, and the city bursts with concerts, plays, dancing extravaganzas and craft markets. Buskers perform on many street corners and Bengaluru seems constantly filled with music. Much of the festivities are sponsored by businesses, constituting an impressive marriage of industry and the arts.
Venue: Various around Bengaluru
Date: 13 to 22 January 2012