What's Happening: 5 Things To Do In Kolkata This Weekend

If you're in Kolkata this weekend, make sure not to overlook some of the exciting events happening in the city
The city with Howrah Bridge in the background
The city with Howrah Bridge in the backgroundmitra kountik/Shutterstock

This weekend, discover the vibrant city of Kolkata where history, art, and literature converge to create an indomitable spirit. If you're in the city this weekend, don't miss out on some of the events taking place, from stand-up comedy to acting workshops, Kafka exhibitions and heritage walks.

Laugh Out Loud

Hailing from Kanpur, Harsh Gujral is widely recognised as a prominent and accomplished comedian. He has showcased his talent across the globe, including countries like Australia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and more. More info here.

What: Jo Bolta Hai Wohi Hota Hai Ft. Harsh Gujral

When: June 2 to 14

Where: GD Birla Sabhaghar, 29 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge, Near Birla Mandir, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India

Harsh Gujral will be in the city this weekend
Harsh Gujral will be in the city this weekend@realharshgujral/Instagram

Act It Out

Sign up for an exclusive acting workshop led by the legendary Anjan Dutt. This comprehensive workshop offers a rare opportunity to delve into the fundamentals and intricacies of acting. Participants will explore everything from the essential role of an actor and character development to the subtle differences between authentic acting and mere performance. More details here.

What: An Acting Workshop by Anjan Dutt

When: May 29 to June 3, 11am to 5pm

Where: Kolkata Centre for Creativity, Dipak Road, Eastern Metropolitan Byp Rd, Anandapur, Adarsha Nagar, Kolkata, West Bengal 700107

Close Encounters With Kafka

To mark Franz Kafka's memorial year 2024, the Goethe-Institut is organising the poster exhibition KOMPLETT KAFKA in cooperation with the artist Nicolas Mahler and the Literaturhaus Stuttgart. You also have the opportunity to immerse yourself virtually in the mysterious world of Kafka's novels. The exhibition will be inaugurated at 6:30 pm on 30th May. Prof. Rosy Singh from Jawaharlal Nehru University and Prof. Romit Roy from Viswa-Bharati University will talk about Kafka, his life, and his literature. More details here.


When: May 30, 6.30pm

Where: Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Park Mansions, Gate 4, 57A, Park Street, 700 016 Kolkata

Explore The Esplanade Area

An old photo of the Esplanade area
An old photo of the Esplanade area Kolkata Explorers - Kolkata Walking, Heritage, City Tours/Facebook

The capital of West Bengal entices with its colonial-era architecture, lively markets, and a cultural landscape that has nurtured Nobel laureates and literary giants. From the iconic Howrah Bridge to the intellectual haven of College Street, every corner of Kolkata tells a story, inviting travelers to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of the capital. Explore the various facets of Kolkata on this guided walk. This will be an insightful journey that showcases the many layers of this vibrant old city. Following the walk, you will enjoy breakfast at the heritage YMCA building. More details here.

What: Walks Around Esplanade East

When: June 2, 9am to 11:30am

Where: Starting point is at Esplanade Mansion

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