CHANDIGARH URBAN FESTIVAL 2018
Chandigarh Urban Festival -2018; OUR CITY OUR CELEBRATION was launched in February 2018 and the finale was celebrated on 25th march. The UT Administrator, H.E, Sh. VPS Badnore gave tremendous support to the idea when it was at the initial stage and the Chandigarh administration facilitated the event with enthusiasm and provided all logistic support needed to bring together the city in bonding and celebration for the event. The event was conducted in partnership with Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), National Institute Of Urban Affairs (NIUA) and UN Habitat.
The finale celebration on 25th March was a resounding success and the Exhibition cum Conference- “Carving a sustainable future: Chandigarh Region”, on March 27th, too went off immaculately.
EVENTS ON MARCH 25:
Whereas the Cyclothon provided an invigorating environment at the start of the day, the highlights of the finale were the Carnival and the Sky Lantern activities that followed. The Carnival appropriately called The Open Hand March, was flagged off by the UT Administrator, H.E, Sh. VPS Badnore himself and what followed were some spectacular and colourful performances, that included a mix of folk, classical and popular. The cultural diversity of citizens including a group of specially-abled was the cynosure of all eyes. After a multitude of performances at the Tourism Centre that included a classical instrumental, an international award winning, powerhouse kathak performance and many regional dances, the Sky Lantern activity conducted at the People’s Plaza left everyone spell bound. Families, student groups and everyone present were collectively hooked into the beauty of the moment and many were seen squealing with delight, clapping and cheering as their sky lanterns went up into the night sky.
EVENTS ON MARCH 27:
EXHIBITION: An open photography competition titled ‘Urban Scapes of Chandigarh’ and Idea competitions for students of architecture …
- Re-imagining Sukhna lake- sustainable solutions.
- Sector: 17- Formalizing the Informal (identifying ways of integrating hawkers into the mainstream), were launched prior to the event.
The colleges that participated were: IKG PTU campus, Maharaja Agrasen University, GD Goenka University, Gurgaon and HINDU College, Sonepat. The best entries of above competitions were exhibited at the venue of the conference for everyone to see.
CONFERENCE: Carving a sustainable future: Chandigarh Region. IKG PTU campus Khunimajra in collaboration with ACT! Chandigarh hosted this conference at the Government Museum and Art gallery sector- 10 , Chandigarh. The most illustrious architect of the Chandigarh Region, Ar SD Sharma was the chief guest at the occasion and Ar Kapil Setia, the Chief Architect of UT, Chandigarh was the guest of honour.
The keynote speeches were given by Prof. Samir Mathur on the topic Improvement in Urban infrastructure; Prof. KT Ravindran on the topic Programming Urban space and by Prof. Jagan Shah, director NIUA on the topic Effective methodologies for community participation towards sustainable urban development; whereas Ar. Kapil Setia spoke on the topic ‘Appraisal of ground realities of urban development in Chandigarh’ and Ar. Deepika Gandhi spoke on the ‘Urban Spaces of Chandigarh’ to bring about the local perspective.
The conference was attended by students of various architecture colleges like Thapar Polytechnic, G.D Goenka, Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh College of Architecture, Chitkara school of Planning and Architecture, Maharaja Agrasen University, Panjab Technical University and Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana besides many concerned citizens of the Chandigarh Region.
LIST OF ACHIEVEMENTS:
- What started as a citizen’s movement, with wide ranging and all-encompassing goals, intending to establish a new citizen centric urban equation with Chandigarh as an example of the rest of the country, found support and partnership from Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (AMRUT), National Institute of Urban Affairs ( NIUA), and the UN Habitat.
- This ground breaking initiative towards connecting citizens with the city. • In use of shared spaces •In celebrating the city with pride •In discussing sustainable solution for its future, successfully conducted events at all three platforms.
- CUF could channelize the energy of the youth in a big way towards creating happiness and positivity; to bind the diverse citizenry; as also in various idea and talent competitions.
- Chandigarh is a celebrated city owing to its Corbusian legacy, as well as its close connection with the Indian nation state. It is only appropriate that CUF 18 could bring the spotlight on some of its highly symbolic though forgotten people spaces, as they were designed and intended by the Great Master Le Corbusier himself, for this one of a kind people’s event. As we know that the Ceremonial Street or the People’s Axis (beginning from the Matka Chowk to Sec- 1) and also the People’s Plaza in the Capitol Complex, were both put to a meaningful and beautiful use during the finale.
- The Carnival and the Sky Lantern Event have the potential to become the identity for the city of Chandigarh and can even become a prime attraction for tourists in the times to come.