3-day performance art fest begins tomorrow

Cultural Correspondent | Published: 18:28, Jul 24,2018


Artist Mahbubur Rahman, second from left, speaks at the press conference at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Tuesday.

A three-day performance art festival glorifying culture and heritage of the capital city Dhaka will begin tomorrow.

Fifteen artists will perform daylong shows in each of the days during the festival at different venues including Dhaka University area, Sadarghat River Port and other areas in Old Dhaka, Kamlapur Railway Station and Sangsad Bhaban.

An experimental art form, performance art, is a performance presented to an audience within a fine art context usually in interdisciplinary way.

The performance art festival has been organised as part of the promotional programme ahead of the 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale, scheduled to begin in September 1 at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, said the academy’s director general Liaquat Ali Lucky at a press conference held on Tuesday at BSA’s conference room.

Artist Mahbubur Rahman, academy’s secretary Jahangir Hossain Chowdhury, among others were present at the conference.

‘We are giving importance to the promotional activities for engaging more people with the upcoming art biennale and the performance art festival will help generate public awareness on it, Liaquat said.

‘We are planning to organise the greatest art show in the country through the upcoming edition of the biennale in which artists from 66 countries will participate,’ said Liaquat adding that delegates from four more countries would attend in the biennale.

All the participants of the performance art festival will take part in the Asian Art Biennale along with 12 selected artists from other Asian countries, Liaquat said.

‘There will be a children corner in the biennale where local and foreign artists will help understand the children on different aspects of art,’ the DG said.

Liaquat also said that the academy gave advertisements at the reputed foreign art magazines like the Art in America and the Art Review Asia on 18th edition of Asian Art Biennale.

One of the participating artists of the performance art festival, Mahbubur Rahman said they came up with the idea of performance art festival in different areas of the capital to make the people aware of the upcoming biennale.

‘Our intention is to take art to the mass people through the open stage performances,’ Mahbub added.

Following the formal opening of the performance art festival tomorrow morning at the Music and Dance of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, artists will perform at Dhaka University area.

Performance arts will be presented in Old Dhaka and Sadarghat River Port on Friday.

On Saturday, the artists will perform at Kamlapur Railway Station in the morning and Sangsad Bhaban after the lunch.

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