The Indo-German Urban Mela, a unique blend of technology, science,culture and entertainment – has reached its laststop over in Pune and will be open for public from Friday, January 11th until Sunday, January 20th, 2013 from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm at the Deccan College Ground, Yerawada.
The official inaugural ceremony however, will be on Saturday January 12th, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the presence of Mr. Hans-Joachim Otto, Parliamentary State Secretary from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, Mr. Michael Siebert, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany and noted Bollywood actress and celebrity Ms. Bipasha Basu.
The Indo-German Urban Mela is part of the celebration titled “Germany and India 2011-2012:Infinite Opportunities” that commemorates 60 years of Indo-German diplomatic ties. Following the grand success in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Delhi – in the recent months, it is all set to engage and entertain visitors from all over Pune for the next ten days. This tour is a set of cutting-edge, multi-purpose pavilions, which are designed by renowned German installation artist and designer, Markus Heinsdorff, with a thematic focus on “StadtRäume – CitySpaces”. It attracts visitors of all ages, examining the impact of rapid urbanization and challenges posed by the pace of change in Indian and German cities today. Issues like mobility, energy, sustainable urban development, architecture, cultural space, education and urban art are prominently featured through a prism of fields such as business, science, education, technology and performing and visual arts. It creates a unique “city-space” in the heart of the city, promising to entertain, challenge and engage
the residents of the city it travels to.
Partner organisations and institutions of the project, such as Bajaj Allianz, BASF, Bosch, Deutsche Bank, Siemens, and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, among others, will offer a comprehensive and engaging bouquet of information through interactive features, games, models and experiments displaying interactive solutions related to the thematic focus of the exposition. Apart from these exhibitions, visitors can also feast on traditional German and Indian delicacies and beverages at the Beergarden, which will be managed by the Vivanta by Taj Blue Diamond hotel.
Following are some of the activities that the visitors at the Indo-German Urban Mela in Pune can
look forward to (For details please refer to the Programme Brochure):
- Performance by Midival Punditz on the Opening Day to experience the new sound of the
- Performances by renowned artists like – Indian Ocean, Raghu Dixit, Ma Faiza, Agnee,Shaa’ir and Func, Ronu Majumdar and Amaan Ali Khan, etc.
- A series of workshops in Hip Hop, Music, Dance, Art & Craft, Theatre and Graffiti.
- Theater Performance by GRIPS titled Nayee Bahar and Project Aditi.
- Graffiti Art – Paint the town red at the Urban Mela! The workshop, conducted by Joyston Vaz, will be spread over three days. Participants will work together on a graffiti wall and learn that there’s more to graffiti than just a can of paint!
- Drum Circle by Taal Inc. an everyday percussion workshop-cum-performance at the square.
- A closing performance by Karsh Kale to bid adieu to the Urban Mela in Pune.
In addition to these activities and programmes, there will also be guided tours by the installation artist Markus Heinsdorff.
Speaking at the press briefing announcing the Indo-German Urban Mela in Pune, Michael Siebert,Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany, said, “Our Indo-German Urban Mela is the interactive and colourful highlight of our year-long programme “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities”. We are proud to present it in Pune, a city known for its longstanding ties with Germany. I invite you to walk through our high-tech pavilions which combine elements of Indian and German design with state-of-the-art textile technology. You will find an enticing variety of presentations and activities, all centred around the motto “StadtRäume – CitySpaces” – a 360 degrees view of what India and Germany can do together to make our cities of tomorrow more liveable and sustainable. Indulge yourself in the mix of science and technology, education, business, culture and design, all having their part in making our cities better places to live in, to commute, to work and to enjoy ourselves.”
Commenting on the burgeoning trade and commerce between Germany and India that the Indo-German Urban Mela proposes to foster Tapan Singhel, Representative Asia-Pacific Committee of German Business (APA) and Managing Director & CEO, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance said, “We are pleased to be so closely involved with this magnificent event that has already seen terrific success in other parts of India. “Germany and India 2011-2012: Infinite Opportunities” offers a platform for open and direct exchange among equal partners. Shaping sustainable economic growth and a strategic partnership between both countries is central to APA’s work. This is one of the many reasons why APA has become one of the project initiators and is now responsible for coordinating the participation of German business in this project. Pune being home to over 300 German companies already, serves as a perfect backdrop for the grand-finale of this tour, providing infinite opportunities that are yet to be explored between the two countries. It has been an honour for Bajaj Allianz to be a part of this event in all the cities, and especially now in our headquarters -Pune, where we will be showcasing our offerings.”
Adding to the many bilateral initiatives within the education and research sphere between Germany and India, Anandi Iyer, Special Advisor “Germany and India 2011-2012”, Federal Ministry of Education and Research said, “As part of the Indo-German Urban Mela, we want to showcase the state-of-art and innovative technology for sustainable cities from German industry, academia and research. We aim to attract interns and students to Germany through this partnership.We also hope that with all the avenues and opportunities in education and research presented at the Urban Mela, many larger mergers between the two countries are possible.”
Speaking about the diversity that the Indo-German Urban Mela offers, Dr. Folco Naether, Director,Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune, said, “We shall offer a wide variety of activities that are basically distributed into three slots: In the morning and early afternoon we offer workshops as well as games for school children and students who want to experience German the fun way.In the afternoons our hands-on workshops cover a variety of activities ranging from graffiti, dance,and music to storytelling and theatre. Or, you can participate in talks about environmental and urban issues; and in the evening – in a party mood we present some of the India’s foremost bands like Indian Ocean, Karsh Kale Collectiv, and the Raghu Dixit Project and DJ sets by Ma Faiza from Pune or Ipek from Berlin. ”
Entry to the Indo-German Urban Mela is free. Visitors travelling to the Urban Mela with their vehicles can park for free at the Hoze Parking lot in Samgamwadi, Pune and enjoy the free shuttle to-and-fro the event venue, powered by Volkswagen Group India.
About the Indo-German Urban Mela
The concept behind the Indo-German Urban Mela combines design elements from both countries with state-of-the-art textile technology, thereby creating a symbiosis of art, architecture and technology.
Some Facts & Figures of the Indo-German Urban Mela:
- The “Indo German-Urban Mela” aims at showcasing the potential of Indo-German cooperation in various fields of urban development especially in mobility, energy, sustainable urban development,architecture, cultural space, education and urban art.
- The set of pavilions consists of six differently shaped modules. They will be arranged and adapted to the local conditions to create a unique temporary festival venue.
- The pavilions will host interactive presentations by various German corporations and organisations on topics and solutions related to “StadtRäume – CitySpaces”.
- In addition, a comprehensive programme, including cultural performances and conferences, will be held at the venue. The Beergarden will be a food and beverage area allowing the visitors to get a taste of special delicacies from the German kitchen.
- The Indo-German Urban Mela has attracted approximately 4,00,000 (4 lakhs) visitors during its first four stopovers.