Buoyed by the success of its inaugural month-long, multi-city India Heritage Walk Festival (IHWF), Sahapedia, the online encyclopedia of Indian arts and culture, will launch the second edition of the event next year on a grander scale by forging collaborations with more regional partners, expanding its footprints across new locations.
Sahapedia (sahapedia.org) had organized IHWF 2018 in February in collaboration with YES Culture to encourage citizens to explore the tangible and intangible heritage of their cities and towns.
A major selling point of the festival was its focused approach to highlight diversity and distinction that was reflected in the subject areas, locations or walks with specific target groups. In its first edition, it covered 20 cities and towns around the country, featured walks to historical monuments and shrines, well-known landscapes, places known for art, culture, cuisine and flourishing trade. There was also an online film festival of documentaries based on cultural themes and lecture series curated by Baithaks and Instameets as part of nearly 70 events.
‘The idea is to grow each year and build a strong network of individuals and institutions to promote Indian heritage. This we intend to achieve by focusing on collaborations with more regional partners, government bodies and cultural practitioners across multiple domains and geographical locations to bring in the diversity,’ said Vaibhav Chauhan, Festival Director (IHWF) and Secretary, Sahapedia.