Surf Excel, TOI launch children’s film festival

Mumbai: Surf Excel, in association with The Times of India, is organizing a five-day long children’s festival in Mumbai, starting 25 June at the Prince of Wales Museum.

The Surf Excel Children’s Festival has collaborated with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF-India), Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI), Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), CSMVS (formerly Prince of Wales Museum), Arunodaya (An initiative of Tata BP Solar), R N Podar School, Clean Air Island, Indo-Japanese Association (Mumbai) and more.

They will be conducting workshops at the festival to give a 360-degree learning experience for children and their parents.

The days of festival have been assigned themes – Get Stains for a Greener Tomorrow, Express Yourself through Stains, Build a Better World, Get dirty–Explore your World and Colour your Future.

Over a period of five days children will get an opportunity to learn across varied forums, and will be exposed to a unique mixture of workshops conducted by established professionals in different fields. These workshops aim at teaching children teamwork, expression, confidence and responsibility. They also present children with an excellent platform for them to showcase their creativity through exciting activities such as 3D painting, clay modelling and mask making.

Some of the distinctive workshops include pot painting and vermiculture by Clean Air Island, a storytelling and self-expression session by Sachin Datt from IDC-IIT Mumbai, a film making workshop by Sanskaar Desai, film screening by Children’s Film Society of India, a Paper making and recycling workshop by World Wildlife Fund.

HUL general manager Sudhanshu Vats said, "Experiential learning paves the way for overall development and when children go out and play they experience life, make friends, share and learn from each other. Children’s festival was conceptualized keeping this in mind."

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