Children Make A Beeline For The Biennale
Ticket-free Mondays and extended timings make exhibition more accessible | By Yentha
On Jan 01, 2015

Kochi: Schools across Kerala have Biennale on their minds. Every school tour has made a beeline for the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) 2014 rather than visits to amusement parks and shopping malls. Two-and-a-half weeks after the festival was thrown open to the public, the KMB has registered an impressive footfall totalling 75,000 at its seven Fort Kochi venues.

Thrissur-based KMWP School usually takes children to amusement parks for their year-end trip, but this time around the destination is the Biennale. As many as 180 students from classes 1 to 7 of that institution came to see the exhibits at the 108-day biennale.

“It is super,” a group of students in the team said in the typical young lingo. Japanese Ryota Kuwakubo’s shadow-throwing train titled ‘LOST #12’, Pors & Rao’s ‘Teddy Universe’ and Kolkata-born Susanta Mandal’s playful bubble work ‘Where have all the stories gone?’ are
usually the hit pieces with children.

“The biennale gives our people the chance to enjoy, appreciate and interact with art,” said Kerala High Court Judge V K Mohanan, who visited with his family.

Apart from extending visitor timings up to 6.30 pm owing to popular demand, the biennale will also give people will get free entry on Mondays starting in January and for the course of the entire biennale. While tickets for the eight venues cost Rs.100 in all, entry for school children up to 15 years is only Rs 50.

Poornima Winny came with her family while on a holiday from Dubai. “We were not able to come to the first biennale though we are native to Fort Kochi,” she said at the main Aspinwall House venue today. “Some of the art is very high-brow, but it is nice to see such an event here.”

Kochi Biennale Foundation trustee Hormis Tharakan said the foundation is keen to make the biennale inclusive of all people. “We don’t want
ticket costs to stand in the way of people taking part in this festival of art,” said the former Kerala DGP and RAW chief. “Apart from the art, there are several seminars, films and other programmes that everybody to should participate in.”

KMB is slowly becoming an integral part of the cultural conscious of the state. Apart from literary, film and cultural personalities and tourists, the exhibition has become a ‘must visit’ for families taking a Christmas break and school children.
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