An initiative taken up by Karmyo, Good Graffiti Fest aims to raise awareness about social good among youth through art.
Art has a way of inspiring people, and is often considered the best medium to convey a social message.
Good Graffiti Fest aims to do just that. The festival was started in 2016 by Karmyo, an early-stage social startup, with the objective of bringing youth of the city together and inspiring them to give back to the community.
Urban Haat in Navi Mumbai will see the second edition of the festival take place on February 18 and 19.
“The first edition of the Good Graffiti Fest took place last February. It was a very informal setting; we invited 25 artists from different fields who painted live at the festival. Even without a big team or a lot of publicity, we had a footfall of over 1,000. When we saw how inspiring those two days had been, we decided to organise the festival this year at a bigger scale,” says Anshumaan Bansal, co-founder of the festival.
This year, the theme of the festival is: Impact starts with I. Through various artistic pursuits, the fest will inspire the attendees to give back to society in different ways. Volunteers of several NGOs will be present at the venue to interact with people and guide them about getting involved with different causes.
“The fest has many events like graffiti artwork, painting exhibitions, live art demonstrations, kids’ art competition, workshops, storytelling, motivational talks and music spread over the weekend,” informs Anshumaan.
One of the highlights of the festival is a series of motivational lectures by 12 social entrepreneurs like Bani Das of Kranti, Shveta Raina of Talerang, Ashish Shrivastava of Shiksharth and Suhani of Saral Designs to name a few.
The fest is platform for upcoming artists to showcase their talent and to inspire people to become socially responsible.
“It’s an interesting amalgamation of creativity & inspiration! We, at Karmyo, are looking to gradually build a global community of socially responsible citizens. We envision creating a mobile platform, where users would be offered different opportunities to give back, like fundraisers, volunteering and social events,” says Deepika Goyal, co-founder of the festival.
The festival is open to all. To raise funds for the logistics and other requirements of the festival, Karmyo is currently running a crowdfunding campaign. The profits gained from the campaign and the festival will be donated to NGO Shiksharth that works in the field of education in tribal areas of Chhattisgarh.