Five young artists, five city landmarks, five works of art. In the run-up to the 6th Mumbai Festival, five artists will create on-the-site installations at Haji Ali Dargah, Crawford Market, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), Leopold Café and Bandra Bandstand from 3-9 January.

Mumbai as captured by photographer Cyrus Dastur.

While the artists work on interpreting the sites, next to them will be educators—Marie Fernandes, Jeroo Mulla, Ruby Maloni, Usha Raman and Varsha Shirgaonkar—giving lectures on understanding art in the context of social discourse. The artworks will also be on display at The Viewing Room gallery at Colaba from 5-14 February.

“Creating a platform for young artists to display their talent is part of the festival’s agenda and hence this unique art in the city project," says Alan Tweedie, CEO of the festival.

The Mumbai Festival was started in 2005 to foster a sense of community. And engaging the common man with art has been one way in which the festival has tried to build a community spirit. However, till last year, the festival focused only on south Mumbai locations. But the organizers intend to change this. “This time we’re going to take Mumbai Festival to several suburban locations. And the suburb for which we have many activities planned is Borivali," says Tweedie.

Mumbai as captured by photographer Cyrus Dastur.

While Tweedie is reluctant to divulge more information about the events lined up for the main festival to be held in February, he adds that Canada, Australia and Bangladesh will contribute to the festival with their art forms and culture.

[En]counters: Talking Sites in the City of Extremes will be on from 3-9 January at Haji Ali Dargah, Crawford Market, CST station, Leopold Café and Bandra Bandstand.

If the World could Speak! will be held on 8 and 9 January from 9.30am-5.30pm at Convocation Hall, Mumbai University, Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Marg, Fort.

The 6th Mumbai Festival will be on from 11-21 February at several locations in Mumbai.