BCP – Urban Space Event

The Bangalore City Group aims to raise awareness about Arts and Culture in the City of Bangalore. The Group wants to initiate programmes for the City, as a meeting point for art and culture and as a neutral platform that would bring about awareness among the people, of the importance of cultural infrastructure of a city, of the histories and importance of various places in the city that have otherwise remained silent and veiled. These could be in the form of learning about public open spaces, places of historic importance, cultural institutions (like open days at Ranga Shankara, Art colleges etc.), city markets, campuses, neighborhoods etc.

The group argues that issues of public spaces (as meeting points; for leisure activities), art infrastructure (in terms of museums, theaters, community centers, festivals), educational infrastructure (in terms of colleges and universities) and a unique identity of a city (e.g. in terms of heritage, local specific activities) have a special importance for the cities’ future since they among others determine the attractiveness of a city to its citizens – those who are already here and those who might wish to migrate here.

Urban issues appear to be gaining increasing importance in India today, with rapid urbanization, critical infrastructure, challenges of governance and rampant speculation. Incidentally, most concerns are focused at the physicality of the city, leaving the non-physical to their fate. Memories are being erased, history is diluting, public art gets a lip service, urban aesthetics gets redefined and theatre gets confined. With this realization, Max Mueller Bhavan intends to create a over arching platform to bring together various players from the fields of urban planning, art, design, architecture, theatre, music, history, conservation, ecology and such others towards a concerted effort to culminate in a strong movement to identify, define, sustain and perpetuate the city, namely the Bangalore City Project.

The most appropriate stage to enact all these concerns is urban space, a phenomena which served as the core quality of all city centres. Accordingly, the idea of a project on Public Spaces in Bangalore City took roots during the World Information City event in 2006. The last two years have seen the maturing of the idea, couple of seminars and exhibitions, partnering with like minded groups and individuals and such pre-launch activities. BCP is launching the Urban Space Events in collaboration with UDBHAVA commencing with the site specific event at Gavipuram.

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