Subways are typically built so that pedestrians can cross over from one side of the road to the other, without having to risk their lives by meandering their way through traffic. Subways in Namma Bengaluru are another matter altogether. Some of them are used as public toilets and reek of urine. They get waterlogged after a heavy downpour. And being dimly-lit, many people avoid then for their lack of safety. Well, the Bangalore Underground Project looked to changed that.
Last year, Bangalore Rising and BBMP came together to clean six subways near Cubbon Park and KR Circle. And the effort did not stop at cleaning. The maintainence of the subways was handed over Bangalore Rising, through the Namma Bengaluru Nanna Koduge (NBNK) programme. On August 17th 2014, the six subways played host to the first ever edition of the Bangalore Underground Festival – a day-long free public event where citizens utilised the space to showcase a variety of art, ranging from music performances to mural painting to photo exhibitions and more.
Date: Sunday, July 12th
Venue: Cubbon Park
(near Century Club)
Time: 7 am to 5 pm
And now, the reclaimed KR Circle pedestrian underpasses (subways) have been working well for a year. To celebrate the occasion, Bangalore Rising is organising the second edition of the Bengaluru Underground Festival on July 12th.
It promises to be a fun day with music, dance, food, art, running, heritage walks, theatre and much much more, you can be rest assured, it will be a day of fun, a true celebration on Bengaluru’s citizen spirit!
If you, or anyone you know, wants to perform or exhibit at the festival, you need to send in your request through this form. The last date to send in submssions is July 8th.
For more information on the event, do follow them on Facebook: Bengaluru Underground.
Also read: Bangalore Underground Festival 2014 – A hidden pathway through which one could walk around KR Circle without crossing roads. Some history, some music, some food for the soul – this was what Bangalore Underground Festival was all about. Also check out some videos and pictures from last year’s event.