Alternative Weekends: 7 events in Bangalore on Sep 26/27/28 you shouldn’t miss

There are plenty of events in in Bangalore to check out this weekend, like the Bangalore Literature Festival, Cycle Day, Kitsch Mandi, and more!

Local craft fair or the new indie-band playing at the art café? Exhibition or shopping deals? What to eat? Where to go? Been there, done that, and looking for something refreshing to do?

Here’s our guide to Alternative Weekends: from organic melas to workshops, interesting and thought-provoking talks. Hop on the bus and may we find inspiration and discover sustainable living together!

1. Documentary: 7 Billion Others


“7 Billion Others” is a project launched in 2003 (and still ongoing) by Yann Arthus-Bertrand (who also directed “Home“) with over 6,000 video interviews in 84 countries. The directional principle is simple: listen to better understand and make sure that the experiences of some enrich the others. Thus, from the Brazilian fisherman to the Chinese shopkeeper, German artist to the Indian farmer, all answered the same questions about their fears, their dreams and their sacrifices, their hardships, their hopes, their vision of love, etc. These living portraits of humanity, always shocking and sometimes funny, allow us to discover what brings us together, unites and differentiates us, and invites us to reflect and act.

When: 28th September
Where: Alliance Française de Bangalore, P.B 108, Thimmiah Road, Vasantnagar
Time: 11 AM

Visit the facebook page here.

2. Sampoorn Santhe


Enjoy Sampoorn Santhe filled with all that you need under one roof, with 100 plus stalls and exhibiting the best crafts & exclusive textile from all over India, not to mention the exotic, mouth – watering organic foods. And you can take your kids along as there is plenty to engage them as well!

When: 26th-30th September
Where: Maratha Hostel grounds, Bull Temple Road, Basavangudi
Time: 10:30 AM- 8 PM

Visit the facebook event page here.

3. Kitsch Mandi


Enjoy this Sunday by visiting the vibrant flea market with a section of folk inspired stalls, art workshops and displays for children and adults
Live urban folk music by Sean Roldan and friends from Chennai, folk fusion jam duo Nimisha and Shankar  and Duo – Akhil and Shravan. It is perfect mix of shopping, great music and interactions with great fun people. And you can bring your kids as well, for free!

When: 28th September
Where: Pebble, Princess academy gate, Palace ground, near Mekhri Circle
Time: 1 PM – 11:30 PM

Visit the facebook event page here.

4. Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF 2014)


The 3rd edition of the Bangalore Literature Festival celebrates the creative spirit of Bangalore and commemorates the literary diversity it offers, bringing it in conversation with the best minds in the world of literature within and outside India. This BLF will have a Hyde Park style Speakers’ Corner, stand-up comedy, book-nooks, BLF’s bookshop (by Oxford Bookstore), author signing sessions, book launches, and an interactive literary installation at the venue. Music lovers will be treated to concerts by carnatic vocalist Bombay Jayashri and Hindustani vicalist Shubha Mudgal. And since books are incomplete without good food, there will be enough food stalls serving street food, and local and international cuisine.

When: 26th -28th September
Where: Velankani Tech Park, E City Ph 1 Main Road, E City Phase 1, next to Crowne Plaza Hotel, Electronic City
Time: All day
Contact: 080 3003 0303

5. Urban Lens Film Festival 2014


In the second edition of Urban Lens film festival, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS) brings you 35 non-fiction films from India, South Africa, Peru, Chile, Colombia and Canada. Each film that is part of this festival will explore different facets of what the city produces – whether political, social, economic or cultural.

When: 26th- 28th September
Where: Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), No.197/36, 2nd Main Road, Sadashivanagar, Sadashiva Nagar
Time: All day
Contact: 806 760 6666

Click here for the event schedule. Click here for the Facebook event page.

6. Cycle Day – Bangalore

cycle day poster

The Cycle Day marquee event is back in Indiranagar, this coming Sunday, on a street close to the rechristened Dr.Karim Khan road. Celebrate and share your love for cycling!

When: 28th September
Where: 9th A Main, between 100ft Road and 1st A Cross, Indiranagar
Time: 6:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Visit their Facebook page here, and the event page here.

7. Green Connect at India’s largest Medicinal Plant Conservatory

green connect


ArtyPlantz is offering a one day program at the beautifully landscaped garden of Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions. It has 1,500+ native, medicinal species of plants. Do you know of a flower which when squeezed can give you sometimes up to a litre of tasty water? How about learning to blow soap bubbles off a stalk of a leaf? Want to play nadaswaram using parts of plants? Want to learn to make medicines using plants? Bet you would be thrilled to do all this through exciting fun-filled games like a treasure hunt. There are only 20 seats for the event, on a first-come-first served basis. Register here.

When: 27th September
Where: No.74/2, Jarakabande Kaval, Post Attur, Via Yelahanka.
Time: 9 AM to 4:30 PM


There are tons of activities like dandiya/garba nights, exhibitions and workshops for the festive season. You can attend those according to what suits your taste!


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