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A 2 day residential composite arts festival, featuring music, theater, films exhibitions, workshops and more
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    21st n 22nd Feb 2015

    Composite Arts Festival

    Music, Magic, Art, Dance, Theater, Exhibition, Stand-Up and more...

    Traditional to modern. Experimental to post modern

    Pavan Das Baul, Parvati Baul, Nathoo Solanki & Chugge Khan, EPR and the Forest Man of India

    Workshops, Films Installations

    Delicious food and drinks

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    Venue: A beautiful organic farm

    200 Kms from Kolkata. Stay in Cottages, Tents or get Day-Pass
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    For guest packages call/email us

    Participate as artiste, volunteer or guest

    Experience togetherness
    Exchange ideas
    Explore nature

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    Unwind

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    Enjoy

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    Engage

R2F 2015 Feb 21/22 See you soon!!

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Eco-friendly
Route2Festival promotes sustainability and peaceful co-existence of humans and nature. Want to know more? Write to us at route2festival@gmail.com
Collective experience
Route2Festival aims to bring like-minded people together to share 48 hours of inspiration, love and life.
Experimental Format
Route2Festival will showcase a thoughtful mix of urban and rural, music and arts. For more information check out our Artiste section below
Non-profit
Route2Festival is a group of volunteers who aim to initiate an inclusive platform. Support us in making this festival accessible for students and blue-sky thinkers. Want to know more? Please drop a mail to route2festival@gmail.com

Our festival venue is a rural-development oriented, community-based, private composite-farm, called B.A.B.L.I (http://babli.org/), located about 165 Km away from Kolkata (c.190 Km by the Highway route), 13 Km to the west of the famous Indian University town, Shantiniketan (Railhead: Bolpur-Shantiniketan), B.A.B.L.I is bordered by a serene, non-touristy Bengal village on one side, and the Ilambazar Reserve Forest on the other. You can sample some of the farm produce that Babli grows, subject to their seasonal availability. To know more, please visit Babli's official site. http://babli.org/

Within the festival campus we have two kinds of accommodation.

  1. 1. Cottages (attached bath, toilet) for two or three persons. Cottages will come with bedding and blankets.
  2. 2. Tents (common toilet, no shower) for two, three or four persons. Tents will have basic flooring. Bedding & blankets could be supplied at a minimum cost.

Guests can also bring their own provisions. As the season will be relatively cold, hot water (in buckets) will be available against a nominal charge. Those who are interested to bring and set up their own tents will need to pitch them on their own in our designated camp area. Guests can also be accommodated outside the festival campus within walking distance. Drop back from venue will be arranged post 10 pm. Day guests are also welcome. For more details click on the Packages tab.

For residential packages, 3 meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner are included with your package. In the meals, there will be both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. In addition there will be snacks & drink stalls in the festival premise. All snacks and drinks can be purchased at the festival venue for a nominal price. As the venue is not well connected with the nearest town, access to outside food is not a very convenient option unless one has one's own car. We are organizing delicious vegetarian and non-vegetarian snacks to be available at the venue during festival hours.

There are two primary ways of reaching B.A.B.L.I . If you are coming from Kolkata, you can take any train going to Bolpur/Shantiniketan from the Howrah or Saldah railway station. From Bolpur station, you can avail of the festival transport to reach B.A.B.L.I . Transport from Bolpur station to B.A.B.L.I may or may not be included in the package depending on which category of package you hold. Please check the Packages section for more details. Second option is to drive down from Kolkata to B.A.B.L.I . We would be glad to provide you assistance with arranging vehicles etc. If you need help, please write to us at route2festival@gmail.com. If you plan to drive your own vehicle from Kolkata to B.A.B.L.I , detailed driving direction can be found at http://babli.org/location. For guests who are coming from other parts of the country, consider getting off at Bardhaman Junction station and arranging for a transport from there to B.A.B.L.I . Please write to us for assistance.

Would you like to participate?
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO PARTICIPATE IN R2F EITHER AS AN ARTISTE OR AS A VOLUNTEER, PLEASE CLICK ON THE "CONTACT US" TAB ON THE HEADER AND WRITE TO US USING THE CONTACT US FORM. BEFORE YOU CONTACT US, PLEASE GO THROUGH THE FOLLOWING SECTION CAREFULLY
Our Core Team
We are a network of dreamers and doers who wanted to put together this unique experience for like-minded folks like you. Come immerse yourself in this one-of-a kind blissful experience and share your stories and talents with us.

Aaditto Shen

Spirit

Artist/sculptor practice, art historian by education, accomplished teacher, event organizer, ruthless worker, sustainable community developer.

Tomali Kakkad

Passion

A champion all rounder, Tomali’s professional resume includes anything and everything related to media and performing arts and nearly everything in between. She is the language of the team.

Kaushik Bhaduri

Energy

A geek by profession, magician/mentalist by DNA, Kaushik is traveler, a lover and wanderer by passion. He tries to peddle freedom and free thinking to all sailors

Katharina Eichhorn

Charisma

An intercultural communicator & teacher by profession, performer (dancer) by passion, musician by soul. Kathy is a pathological organizer and the designated dreamer for our festival.

Kanishka Sarkar

Life

A musician by passion and profession, pathological traveler, compulsive wonderer and dreamer. Kanishka holds 25 years of on and off stage national and international experience in professional music/performance and event mangement.

Angshuman Ukil

Impetus

An audio engineer by education and profession. A serious amateur visual artist, photographer. A nature loving trekker, biker and a self proclaimed nomad

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What R2F is NOT
As a festival organized by artists, musicians, performer & environmentalists route2festival is a get together of creative minds and adventurous souls keen to explore the different and the unknown. The route of the festival is through an exchange of traditional and new ideas in an atmosphere that promotes peaceful coexistence of humans and nature.
The aim is to create a platform for cultural practice that is rarely seen, representing diversity in various forms of arts. We will showcase uncommon traditional sounds, alternative set-ups of well-known artists as well as newcomer’s ideas in music, film, installation, etc.
We are a non-toxic, child friendly community. Enjoy a festival with healthy food, peaceful energy, games, laughter & love. We do not support and encourage usage of drugs in any form.
We care for sustainability. The festival is designed to reduce waste, use bio-degradable/recyclable material and avoid littering. Please help us by using the garbage facilities and avoiding water/ electricity wastage.
R2F Line-Up 2015
CLICK EACH TILE BELOW TO SEE A REPRESENTATIVE LIST OF ARTISTES SET TO PERFORM IN R2F 2015. THIS LIST IS NOT COMPREHENSIVE; IT IS EVOLVING AS NEW BANDS AND PERFORMERS ARE SIGNING UP PERIODICALLY. PLUS WE DO HAVE SOME SURPRISES UP OUR SLEEVES FOR YOU! YES, PLEASANT ONES, SO PLEASE DO CHECK BACK OFTEN!

Music

Take Route2: Folk, Indie, Electro, Acoustic, DJs….You’ll experience alternative set ups from renowned artists, the Indian Indie scene and inspiring newcomers in a rarely seen fusion…

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Cinema

Discover films that you won’t find in conventional cinema halls: A carefully curated selection of rarely seen Documentaries, Fiction and Short movies…

Games/Magic-Mentalism

Play rare yet traditional Indian board games like Pasha, Chaturanga. Are you interested in close up magic or wondering what mentalism is? Our festival magician/amuse-mentalist will blow your mind

Art/Photography

Our festival venue will turn into an organically evolving exhibition space: Lands Art, Live installations, Photography, all assembled in natural surroundings at the discretion of artists…

Dance/Theater

Performers will bring new moves and words on stage… The focus is on non-conformist narratives or non-narratives, the experience will be interactive

Workshops & Exhibitions

Take part in a varied selection of workshops and talks from a live potter's wheel to handmade paper-making and environment action

The Experience at R2F
Allow us to remind you of a few do's and don'ts at R2F. It is only to ensure that you and everyone else can have a safe yet enjoyable time at the event.
  • Open mind

    Keep your guard down, be ready to experience myriad colorful mix of art forms and ideas

  • Not a Resort

    The venue was never meant to be a resort, it's a rural action organic farm. So please set your expectations right

  • Healthy food

    We will provide healthy food as well as drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) at the festival side. Please do not bring any food/alcohol/drugs.

  • Eco-friendly

    You are encouraged not to bring any plastic bottles/packs. The festival premise will have designated garbage stands. Please use them and help us keep the festival clean.

  • We are one

    We count on each and everybody who participates. You are as much a part of it as we are, so please help in keeping the spirit of the festival intact.

  • Be Peaceful

    We are non-aggressive artists. We want everyone to have a peaceful happy time. So please be respectful of other people

Packages have been available from 1st Jan 2015
  • To get packages for r2f write to route2festival@gmail.com or call +91 8697184941.
  • Details below are on a per person per day basis.
  • You can get all passes for one day or both the days.
  • We have limited accommodation, once they are gone, they are gone for the year, and so you are requested to act early

1 Day Pass

  1. Non-Residential Day pass available
  2. Unlimited access to all music and performance
  3. Food/Drinks/SnacksYou buy inside
  4. Entry at 11:30 AM
  5. Exit Midnight
  6. Free Clean Drinking Water
  7. Order Lunch/Dinner Min 2 Days in advance
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Nature

  1. Unlimited access to all music and performance
  2. Stay on premise in 2 person Tents
  3. No Shower Shared Bathrooms
  4. Breakfast lunch dinner included
  5. Snacks drinks you buy inside
  6. Transportation to/from railway station for nominal charge
  7. Transportation Assistance
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Spirit

  1. Unlimited access to all Music and performance
  2. Stay in 2 or 4 person cottages
  3. Attached Shower bathroom
  4. Breakfast lunch dinner included
  5. Transportation to/from railway station included
  6. Drinks and Snacks you buy inside
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Breath

  1. Unlimited access to all Music and performance
  2. Stay in guest house between 5 to 10 mins walk from venue.
  3. Breakfast lunch dinner included
  4. Drinks and snacks you buy inside
  5. Transportation to/from railway station included
  6. Car drop from venue to guest house post 10 PM
Mail/Call us

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