MUMBAI:This yearâ€™s Trafalgar Square Festival, which runs from 2 – 19 August, takes its inspiration from the Mayor of Londonâ€™s India Now season and will finish in style with a specially commissioned four-day Bollywood-inspired aerial and visual spectacle.
Visitors to the finale (16 – 19 August) will be transported to the streets of Mumbai as they witness film poster painters – Sushant Sandal, Suresh Sandal, Satyayya Devsani, Alam Choudhary and Santosh More, create a giant Bollywood film poster at the foot of Nelsonâ€™s column. This 15 metre-wide and 12 metre-high poster will evolve over four days and be jointly designed by French aerial troupe â€˜Les Passagersâ€™, who, whilst suspended on abseiling equipment, will paint the poster and perform a spectacular vertical Bollywood dance extravaganza at the same time.
The annual Trafalgar Square Festival, which is organised by the Mayor of London, features three weeks of outdoor dance, theatre and spectacle, designed to illustrate the creative connections between
The Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said, “Throughout the summer,
Les Passagers director Philippe Riou said, “India Now gives us the opportunity to create a very exciting project based on a new artistic collaboration between
India Now will see over 200 cultural organisations contribute to the season, including a selection of Londonâ€™s most well known museums and galleries such as the British Museum and VandA. Over 1,500 events will take place during India Now, with well over one million Londoners expected to participate in the season.
Other Trafalgar Square Festival highlights include Dreaming Now, an entrancing dance extravaganza combining ballet with Bharatanatyam from Akademi South Asian Dance