Foodies of Brussels and lovers of the Indian culture: this weekend is your weekend!
In fact, parc du Cinquantenaire will host the third edition of the Indian Food Festival (12-13 August), in Collaboration with the Embassy of India in Belgium & DY Patil International School, Antwerp. In the past years the event has been quite successful, since it gathered a lot of people from the Indian community in Brussels, together with supporters and lovers of this culture. This year the festival will honor a special occasion for India, since it marks the 70th year of independence of the country. For this reason, the festival’s theme will be “Freedom@70”.
The event’s objectives are several: it wants to celebrate the Indian’s culture and festivals, spreading its traditions and history; it aims to support the integration of Indians in the Belgian community and it wants to develop a platform through which it will explain the rich Indian heritage. Last but not least, the festival aims at supporting a village in a rural area of India: the organizers will collect the money and invest it in basic facilities. For these reasons, the festival will provide many activities: it will serve Indian food and it will perform art forms and music from different regions of the country. The idea is to show the intricacy of India’s culture and history while, at the same time, remember that the country should stay unite and stick together despite dissimilarities.
The founder of the organization Indian Confluence, Mr. Sreeman, guaranteed that: “The Indian Food Festival will be rich of workshops and cultural entertainment, to have a better understanding of the background and to learn and exercise the information just acquired. The workshops will offer small peaks of everyday life: for example, they will teach how to make a turban, or how to cook a “mom’s recipe” ”. He also added that “children will be able to learn how to make traditional kites and a workshop will give some info and support to women playing cricket”.
Among the cultural shows, there will be a class of “Kalarippayattu”, an ancient Indian martial art from the southern state of Kerala, an insight on Bollywood dances an movies, yoga classes and many dances from all over India. If you are looking for something more modern or lively, check out the info for the flash mob or for the jam sessions.
Enjoy the delicious dishes, vibrance and beautiful colours of India together with your friends and family.