Gandharva Loka in Christchurch will have a small stall at the Irish National Feis 2010 this coming Labour Weekend. The Feis (festival), a 60th anniversary celebration, is to be held at the Horticultural Hall in Hagley Park, Christchurch, on the 23rd and 24th of October. Some of the entertainment includes Irish dance and music competitions and shows. There will also be a bodhrán workshop using bodhráns supplied by Gandharva Loka. See you there…!
Sunday September the 26th, 2010, is an important date for the vegetarians and vegans of Christchurch. It is a day set aside, in the burgeoning southern spring (ahhh spring: a little more sunshine and a golden carpet of daffodils in our beautiful Hagley Park – bring it on!), for the annual Vegetarian Expo – and Gandharva Loka will be there!
And you don’t have to be a vegetarian (or a musician) to attend…
Come and celebrate World Vegetarian and World Animal Days at Christchurch’s Vegetarian Food And Lifestyle Expo. Christchurch is New Zealand’s vegetarian capital with more on offer for vegetarians and vegans than anywhere else in the country. Over 10,000 vegetarians live here and the Vegetarian Expo is our Big Day Out where all are welcome to come and share a vegetarian day with us.
Ujjwala is the sister of Gandharva Loka’s co-manager Prasasta. This is the second year that Gandharva Loka has had a stall at the WOMAD New Zealand world music festival and Ujjwala went along to help out. She had the following to say about her experiences.
I am yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like music – and this was certainly reflected by the eclectic crowds of people who visited our Gandharva Loka stall at WOMAD 2010 in New Plymouth, New Zealand.
There were drummers, a new wave of ukulele players, children buying mouth harps and, of course, the odd group of unaccompanied kids – wide eyed, vocal, curious – seeing possibilities and dipping their toes into the music pool for the first time perhaps. Young and old, music appeals to all ages and types – ‘the universal language of humanity’, as the spiritual Master and musician Sri Chinmoy has said of music.
March 2010 will see Gandharva Loka heading to WOMAD New Zealand in New Plymouth to set up a stall at the Global Village.
We attended last year for the first time and had such an amazing experience. We cannot wait to do it again! WOMAD stands for World of Music, Arts and Dance. The international WOMAD Festivals bring together artists from all over the globe and the central aim of the WOMAD festival is to celebrate the world’s many forms of music, art and dance. WOMAD Festivals are family-oriented, diverse and interactive musical events; sometimes offering as many as seven stages within the festival site.
This from the WOMAD web site: