- Celebrate Bandra
Celebrate Bandra is an initiative of the Celebrate Bandra Trust and Fountainhead Promotions & Events Pvt. Ltd.It is a two-week-long celebration where people from Bandra and all the nooks & corners of Mumbai come together in celebration.
It all began when several individuals and organizations realized how rich and textured Bandra life was, and how worthy it was of salutation. And that is why in November 2003, all of Bandra came together in a unique celebration of culture, colour, vibrancy and entertainment.
Spearheaded by several Resident's Associations (Bandra West Residents Association, Bandra Bandstand Residents Trust Federation of H/W Ward Citizens Trust & Bandra Reclamation Area Volunteers Organization) and Fountainhead Promotions and Events Pvt. Ltd., Celebrate Bandra 2003 served as a model example of the suburb's many talents and inherent cultural harmony.
2003, its was held in 2005and will now continue to be held in or around November of every alternate year.
And so it continues in 2007, with the festival taking off on the 17th of November
Held on the Saturday of the closing weekend, the Food Festival is a huge food court with varied cuisines from all over
Indiaand the world. It usually commences in the evening and stretches into the night. Participants range from individuals to restaurants and fast food chains. Various food related competitions such as Bake-Offsare also held for individuals. The Bandra Gymkhana has been the venue to the Food Festival both in 2003 and in 2005.
Pali Haat is one of the festivities of Celebrate Bandra, organized by The Pali Hill Residents Association (PHRA) and located along a 1km(0.621 miles) stretch of road on Pali Hill.There are various individual stalls selling food & beverages, carnival type games, tattoo painters, stationary, clothing & textiles, home decor, accessories etc. At the heart of it all is a Stage with performers(musical and/or dance) and a dance floor. The stage is also used as a catwalk for a fashion show and also for a pageant called "The Pali King and Queen".
"Fine Arts": Arts & Craft, Battle of the Bands, Dancing etc."Culinary" : Bake-Offs, Cook-Offs etc."Sports" : Badminton (Singles/Doubles/Mixed Doubles), Tennis (Singles/Doubles/Mixed Doubles), Throw Ball (Ladies) etc.
Past sponsors include: Orange
HDFC Bank Eureka Forbes
Since most of the sponsorship was provided by Orange, its was known as Orange Celebrate Bandra in
2005. In 2006Orange was renamed as Hutch.
* [http://www.celebratebandra.net/ Official site]
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