This Diwali, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) spreads joy amongst kids with ‘Winter Fiesta’ online

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Bruce Guthrie
Bruce Guthrie, Head of Theatre & Film for The National Centre for the Performing Arts

Scheduled to be held from 16th to20th November, the five-day-long festival offers a variety of workshops for kids across the age group of 3 to 20 years

Mumbai, November 2020: In the current environment, when kids are compelled to stay indoors and there has been an increased demand for ways to keep them safely engaged, this Diwali, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is delighted to bring creativity into your homes with Winter Fiesta. This year, a virtual version will be accessible to both kids & parents across India as it is slated to reach out to a much larger universe with a lineup of unique art and culture experiences.

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Indeed, staying true to one of the key objectives of bringing people together, the workshops are slated to be held from November 16-20, 2020. In order to register, you can visit www.bookmyshow.com or www.ncpamumbai.com or write an email at [email protected]

Commenting on Winter Fiesta, Bruce Guthrie, Head of Theatre and Films, The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) said, “Going virtual is the need of the hour. Today everyone is consuming information and entertainment virtually and kids are no exception to this. It has been NCPA’s constant endeavor to curate world-class arts and cultural experiences for the younger generation and hence, we decided to introduce Winter Fiesta in a virtual format given the current situation. The five-day-long festival will act as a catalyst in providing both, the kids and youth, a unique and vibrant opportunity to learn, play, and be active while staying at home’’

Aimed at broadening creative minds, this festival will empower both the youth and kids by inspiring their imaginations through exciting workshops held by renowned experts. These workshops will focus on enhancing self-expression in an informal and non-competitive environment. From magic to classical music, to dance, to creative writing, to physical theatre, there is something for children belonging to every age group. At the end of the workshop, all the participants will receive an official certificate of participation from NCPA, signed by both workshop experts and NCPA Genre heads.

Winter Fiesta Schedule:

Workshop TitleAge GroupDateTime
Happy Feet by Mahafreenn Irani3 to 5 years16th November – 20th November10:00 AM to 10:45 AM
Dance Dynamic by Mahafreenn Irani6 to 8 years16th November – 20th November11:00 AM to 12:00 noon
Feet in the Sand! by Sakshi Singh6 to 8 years16th November – 20th November10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Hocus Pocus Magic workshop by Kruti Parekh 6 to 8 years16th November – 20th November12:00 noon to 1:00 pm  
9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
12 to 15 years16th November – 20th November4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
How Our Country Got Its Name by Oindrila Purohit & Veena Manoj of Grooming Babies Global Pvt. Ltd6 to 8 years16th November – 20th November3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
WeKids YouTubers by Shantanu Joshi 6 to 8 years16th November – 20th November2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Being Beethoven! by Musicians of the Symphony Orchestra of India 6 to 8 years16th November – 20th November4:00 PM to 4:45 PM
9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November5:30 PM to 6:15 PM
Dance Theatre by Sumeet Nagdev  12 to 15 years16th November – 20th November2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Creative Writing by Shabnam Minwalla 9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
Laugh Out Loud – Stand Up Comedy Workshop – Juniorsby Rima Medhi for Creatiwitty.inc. Laugh Out Loud – Stand Up Comedy Workshop – Seniors Laugh Out Loud by Rima Medhi for Creatiwitty.inc.9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November2:30 PM to 4:00 PM
12 to 15 years16th November – 20th November4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Jazz Funk with Ashley Lobo’s The Danceworx conducted by Ragini from Ashley Lobo’s The Danceworx 12 to 15 years16th November – 20th November4:00 PM to 5:15 PM
Hip Hop with Ashley Lobo’s The Danceworxconducted by Naren Lalwani from Ashley Lobo’s The Danceworx9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November5:30 PM to 6:45 PM
The Puppetariansby Sangya Ojha9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
India Roots by Oindrila Purohit & Veena Manoj from Grooming Babies Global Pvt. Ltd9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November12 noon to 1:00 PM
Duet with the Camera by Swapnokalpa Dasgupta along with Senior Photojournalist, Mukesh Parpiani9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November12 noon to 1:00 PM
Dance with Ash – Discover your inner dancer conducted by Ash Mukherjee9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bharatanatyam by Rama Vaidyanathan along with Dakshina Vaidyanathan and Sannidhi Vaidyanathan 9 to 11 years16th November – 20th November5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Talk Like TED by Rima Medhi for Creatiwitty.inc.16 to 20 years16th November – 20th November11.00 AM to 12:30 PM
Playing Shakespeare: Voice, Text and Physicality by Michael Corbidge, Lucy Cullingford & Cathleen McCarron from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC)16 to 20 years19th November – 20th November2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Bruce Guthrie, Head of Theatre & Film for The National Centre for the Performing Arts is an award-winning theatre director, who has directed productions all over the world. His directing credits include Sea Wall (Add Art Festival, NCPA Mumbai); Constellations (NCPA, Mumbai); RENT (St James Theatre & UK tour); Man To Man by Manfred Karge (Wilton’s Music Hall, UK tour, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Wales Millennium Centre & Edinburgh Festival); The Merchant Of Venice, Othello & Twelfth Night for Singapore Repertory Theatre (Fort Canning Park, Singapore).

Guthrie is a member of The Guildford School of Acting’s Advisory Board and has been Artistic Director of the National Youth Theatre of Wales. Some of the concerts and events he has helmed have been part of HRH The Prince of Wales 70th Birthday Celebration, and The Welsh Guards Centenary Celebration in 2015 for the Welsh Guards Charity.

With a BA Honours in Acting at Guildford School of Acting, Guthrie’s training as a director includes stints at The National Theatre Studio and with Howard Davies, Sir Richard Eyre, Deborah Warner & Associate director for Sam Mendes. He has also directed and taught for several leading conservatoires, drama schools, and festivals including LAMDA; Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama; Mountview Academy of Performing Arts; The Royal Academy of Music; Drama School Mumbai; La Salle, Singapore; National Student Drama Festival.

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