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What a journey of new experiences it has been these 9 days for us at the Project Mumbai Office. Starting from January 20, Mumbai’s cultural map has been vibrant with the exciting Kalaghoda Arts Festival (KGAF) and Mumbai Festival taking place in south mumbai. Project Mumbai, your favourite city NGO, once again added an extra dimension to the festival while keeping pace with it. This year for the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival and Mumbai Festival we are proud to say that Project Mumbai was not only the Sustainability Partner for the KGAF and Mumbai Festival but also the Accessibility and Inclusivity partners. 


Shishir Joshi, the founder of Project Mumbai shares, “Our goal was to promote inclusivity through both words and actions. Visitors to the festival were encouraged to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by others and leave with a sense of pride and partnership, rather than sympathy.”


The mega arts festival in Mumbai came to an end with a blast and it was amazing to see how many people were amazed to know that volunteering as a practice was so very well rooted in our city. The festival gave a huge platform to Project Mumbai, which saw its QR Code being displayed across the festival. Seeing more than 500+ people signing up as volunteers for various social causes was heartwarming. Click on each tab and dive into our memories of the various initiatives held during the 9-day festival. 


As a part of our sustainability effort, Project Mumbai collected all the plastic waste from the KGAF and Mumbai Festival. In efforts to make the event plastic-free, we managed to collect around 5000 tonnes of plastic waste throughout the 9-day festival. This plastic is now being sent to the recycling unit and will be transformed into benches, compasses and t-shirts.

Last year, we showcased the FutureTree, a creation made from recycled plastic to raise awareness about the impact of plastic waste on the environment. This year Project Mumbai installed a massive recycled plastic installation called “The Circle of Life,” which had a giant Octopus made out of plastic waste, fondly referred to as “Mr. Octo” by visitors.

Through the installation, we aimed to spread awareness of marine plastic pollution. The end of the 9-day Arts Festival came to a close with a mega start of the year beach clean up at Juhu. The event hosted by Project Mumbai was joined by the UN representative to India Shombi Sharp, UN Chief of Staff in India Radhika Batra, grammy winner Ricky Kej and Wizcraft founder Sabbas Joseph,  Project Mumbai CEO and founder Shishir Joshi along with the Tata Power team Jyoti Bansal and Ms Nair hosted the event.


This year, Project Mumbai was not only the sustainability partner of KGAF and Mumbai Festival but also the Accessibility/Inclusivity partner. We focused on making Mumbai more friendly for the differently-abled, both for those with physical and neurodiverse challenges. Our efforts included live artwork by differently-abled artists at cooperage grounds and cross maidan, live musical performances, a lecture demo on understanding the lives of the visually impaired, and an inclusive walk co-hosted with Khaki Tours. The Heritage walk offered the specially-abled individuals the opportunity to walk the heritage path, guided by sign-language experts. We also provided wheelchairs for those who require mobility support. 

Mumbai Zoo and NGO Project Mumbai partnered for an exclusive heritage walk for the differently-abled. The zoo usually closed, was opened on a Wednesday to accommodate the walk. Special needs volunteers, experts, and sign language professionals were present. The first of the inclusive initiatives kicked off on Wednesday 24th, with Mumbai Zoo (Veermata Jeejabai Udyan, Byculla) partnering with NGO Project Mumbai and for the first time, opening its doors for an exclusive heritage walk for the differently abled. This walk was a part of the Mumbai festival celebrations.

Project Mumbai launched SAMAVESH, an initiative to make Mumbai more friendly for differently-abled people. Antarchakshu, a lecture demo session by XRCVC, raised awareness about visually impaired individuals. Project Mumbai’s heritage walk, supported by Khakhi Tours, was organized on Jan 28th. Sign language experts were there along with the guides to ensure sensitization.  Udaan, a popular music group of 12 differently abled artists, performed on Jan 23 at Cooperage Grounds. Project Mumbai also showcased paintings by 6 artists at Cross Maidan, two every alternate day.


The Project Mumbai Kiosk at the Mumbai Festival at MMRDA Ground and Kala Ghoda Arts Festival at Cross Maidan had quite a few games with our volunteering champs sporting T-shirts made from recycled plastic. All of this at the KalaGhoda Arts Festival and Mumbai Festival with #ProjectMumbai


During the 9 days of the festival we also conducted a volunteering bench painting initiative at CSMVS children’s museum and at the cooperage ground. Around 13 benches were creatively painted and now they will be placed in various public spaces around the city. 

The festival gave a huge platform to Project Mumbai, which saw its QR Code being displayed across the festival. It was heartwarming to see more than 500+ people signing up as volunteers for various social causes. Together Mumbai Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega.