Art and culture are about to explode onto Kochi at a season that is already filled with color and light. Biennales have been taking place for well over a hundred years, starting in Venice and spreading throughout the world.
Just as the lost port of Muziris had been a regional gateway for the world the Kochi Muziris Biennale, the first of its type in India, has the goal of reviving the vibrancy of Kochi as a meeting point of culture and trade. Spanning the calendar period of 12/12/12 and 13/03/13, the three month long exhibition is expected to draw high international visitation in what has been designed as a cultural strategy of self-renewal.
The Muziris Heritage Project is renovating and revitalizing jetties and canals that had fallen into disuse. Heritage buildings all over Fort Kochi and Ernakulam have been restored for use as venues for the event. This work was in preparation for the dozens of international artists who are exhibiting multi-media works that blur the line between street art and gallery space.
The murals that have been blooming across Mattancherry and Fort Kochi are a highlight to both the local community members and the expected flood of visitors. I know I’ll be looking forward to the excitement of the next three months.