Ask anyone who visits Bengaluru even for a day and they will tell you that the one thing they take away from their visit is memories of huge, overarching trees on every street. Bengaluru, famous for itsÂ avenues and boulevards has suddenly had a rude awakening. Thousands of trees are being felled annually to make way for flyovers, wider roads and the metro and Bangaloreans are dealing with this loss in a way they know best – gathering to celebrate! Bengaluru’s annual Neralu Festival, is a fest that celebrates trees and the abundance it gives us.
So, if you are already planning your family weekend, make sure you head to Neralu with your kids to enjoy and also teach your kids the beauty and importance of trees.
Here is a handy guide!
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When: Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19
Where: National Gallery of Modern Art, Palace Road, Manikyavelu Mansion, as well as few other outdoor locations such as the Cubbon Park Metro Station
How Did Neralu Come To Be?
A few tree lovers (Mallikarjun Javali, Jahnavi Pai, Uma Bharat and Arpana Basappa) happened to meet at a workshop and shared their love for the city and her greenery. It was then that they decided toÂ do their bit to increase awareness about trees. They initially set up an app for smartphones that could be downloaded and used as a tree guide in Lalbagh and Cubbon park. However, this was not very successful. Later, under the shade of a peepal tree, over a warm cup of coffee, they decided to have a festival to celebrate trees and that was how Neralu was born!
What To Expect?
The Neralu Festival, organised by the people of Bengaluru is a one-of-a-kind festival for trees. The event brings together tree lovers, environmentalists, ecologists, photographers, homemakers and of course kids from different parts of the city. The festival has a scheduled line-up of curated walks followed by talks from renownedÂ speakers. If talks aren’t your family’s thing, then walk around and look at at the art installations,Â listen to folk stories or gaze at the beautiful sunset over Cubbon Park.
Where Do I Register For Walks?
The tree walk is scheduled for 18th February from 7:30 am onwards. Prior registration for walks is a must. You can register for the walks and workshopsÂ online. Once you register, you can check their map to pick a walk closest to you. Storytelling, cultural performances, and other all-day activities are also part of the two-dayÂ fest. Find the complete schedule here.
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