Festival Diaries 1 – Season 8
This was long overdue. And yes we have kept you waiting long enough. But as they say, better late than never, here we are. It fills us with immense pride and no small amount of anxiety as we put together the 8th season of the celebration that is The Repertwahr Festival. With the Repertwahr blog, we hope to start a dialogue with you and provide you with the inside scoop on the festival, the team behind it and the performances that are in store for you this season.
Started in the year 2009, The Repertwahr Festival has set its own benchmarks, year after year. From its humble beginnings, the festival has grown up to be the most marquee festival on the city’s cultural calendar. Every year, we bring together some of India’s biggest and the best performing artists under one roof to make it a week-long celebration of art unlike any other.
Repertwahr Festival was born out of a zeal to change the way art is perceived in the city. A team of like-minded friends came together and put up a 5-day Theatre Festival in Lucknow, hoping against hope to that the city is going to appreciate their efforts. The very first day was heartbreaking as a total of 50 people turned up to watch our very first show. But before we could lose our faith, the word spread about the festival and our 3rd show became houseful. The rest, as they say, is history.
We haven’t looked back since. Over the course of last 7 years, Repertwahr Festival has grown to become one of the biggest theatre & music festivals in India. Last year we hosted more than 150 artists from all over the country to perform in front of our appreciative audience. Till date, Repertwahr has hosted 78 super successful shows featuring some of India’s biggest, brightest talents on stage.
The soulful evenings turn social before and after every performance. The team works really hard to make the audience experience as seamless, festive and artistic as we possibly can. The fest mirrors the tireless efforts of the team right from the entrance of the location, the decor, the ambience and the lineup of artists on stage.
In 2014, Repertwahr first dabbled in music as a performance genre. It debuted with a single Manganiyar troupe presenting their folksy tunes while the audience waited for the theatre show to start. Now, 20 amazing shows later, Repertwahr’s music stage commands a following of its own.
This year we have made our audience wait longer than usual. But we have put that time to good use. The festival this year is going to be the biggest that Lucknow has ever seen. And we have a surprise in store for you! Let’s just say that we have ‘the best medicine’ in store for you. 😉
The performance line-up is all set and we are currently working on the travel plans of the artists. Know what that means? The dates are final too!
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