The annual Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival is back from February 9 to 11. Hosted by the Oxford Bookstore bookstore, it is Kolkata’s first literary festival and reflects the city’s engagement with the literary world. The fest explores literature as part of our tangible and intangible heritage. Celebrate books, music, art, film, and more with the finest creative minds at events that unfold at the city’s magnificent heritage sites. Check their website here for the schedule. All events are free unless otherwise mentioned.
Many people from China moved to Kolkata during the British Raj era. The Chinese community established residences and businesses such as dentistry, leather tanneries, shoemaking, restaurants, and beauty salons. Tiretta Bazaar, located in central Kolkata, was then known as the Old China Market, and today, this area is India's only Chinatown. Though most folks have left, the area has held on to a few Chinese temples, provision stores, and restaurants. On Chinese New Year, which falls on February 10, the community hosts several events like dragon dances and food festivals. Hit up Tiretta Bazaar and watch the joy unfold. You can find more details in our story about Chinatown here. This is the year of the dragon, under the Chinese lunar calendar. Also check out the Kolkata street food tram restaurant near the popular tourist destination Eco Park in New Town.
Kolkata has the oldest operating electric tram in Asia, running since 1902 and the only tram network still operating in India. Horse-drawn trams were introduced in Kolkata in 1873 and electric locomotive trams began running from 1882. The Kolkata Heritage Tram Tour is a unique way of discovering the city. The tour includes visits to several heritage buildings such as Tipu Sultan Masjid, the Thoburn Memorial Methodist Church established in 1873, Mother Teresa's home, and more. Check here for dates and details.
Bertold Brecht's 126th birth anniversary falls on February 10. To celebrate, the Academy of Fine Arts is hosting the play "Bechara B.B." Kolkata Centre for Creativity, in collaboration with Chetana & Tritiyo Sutra, present this mesmerising production that delves into the essence of Brecht's life, ideas, and philosophy. The multidisciplinary art creation has traditional and contemporary forms converge on the stage. Book your seats here.
Where: Academy of Fine Arts
When: February 10, 6:30pm