Free Mondays to KMB ’14
Dated: December 20, 2014
Kochi, Dec 19: The Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) is going to banish the Monday blues.
Starting January and set to last for the course of the exhibition till end-March, people will get free entry to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 on the day.
So far, over 15,000 people — from celebrities to gallery owners, curators, academics, students and families — have trudged the seven Fort Kochi venues of KMB ’14 — in less than one week after the art and cultural show opened its doors to visitors, but the free day is expected to make it easier on the pockets of local people, and prompt them to visit.
We have been keen to make the biennale — the first and the present ones — belong to the people, because it happens with the support of people from all walks of life,” said KBF President Bose Krishnamachari, director of KMB ’14.
Free Mondays just reiterate the stand that ‘it’s our biennale’. This is not just an art exhibition; we have put together a carefully curator programme of seminars and films, that we want everybody to participate in,” said Bose.
The 108-day biennale features 94 artists from 30 countries. Every evening, starting from 6 pm, there are documentary, short, and feature films in a 100-day festival segment called Artists’ Cinema, chosen by some key personalities from the film circuit. There are also scholarly discussions on politics, art, and history, among other things, in a Let’s Talk series that will be held periodically.
A week before the biennale started, tickets to the exhibition, costing Rs. 100, were distributed in residences around Fort Kochi and Mattancherry. Students up to the age of 15 have a subsidised rate of Rs 50. Check-ins will be monitored on the free Mondays too, to keep a tab on the numbers of visitors.