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10 best music, crafts, literature and film festivals to attend in 2020

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Magnetic Fields Festival
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Magnetic Fields Festival

Does the rest of the year hang heavy? As you wait for 2020 to begin, you can head to any of these 10 music, crafts, literature and film festivals — from Kohima to Goa to Pune.

Where: Alsisar Mahal, Rajasthan

When: December 13-15

Why you should go: It is a festival of contemporary music best known for showcasing underground and experimental music. This year’s lineup includes DJs Deena Abdelwahed and Daniel Avery. Plus you get to stay in a tent, or palace, depending on your budget.

Tickets: Rs 13,350* onwards (*Lowest price available)

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​Goa Arts & Literature Festival
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​Goa Arts & Literature Festival

Where: The International Centre Goa

When: December 5-7

Why you should go: Mridula Garg, Ivo de Figueiredo, Mamang Dai and Priyamvada Gopal will be some of the writers at the 10th edition of the festival that was conceived by Vivek Menezes and Damodar Mauzo.

Tickets: Entry is free

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​NH7 Weekender
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​NH7 Weekender

Where: Mahalaxmi Lawns, Pune

When: November 29-December 1

Why you should go: One of the most popular indie music festivals, this year’s lineup includes eight-piece jazz band Kokoroko, Irish rock band Kodaline and Swedish death metal band Opeth.

Tickets: Rs 3,000 and upwards

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​International Film Festival of India (IFFI)
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​International Film Festival of India (IFFI)

Where: Panaji, Goa

When: November 20-28

Why you should go: It is possibly India’s biggest celebration of international cinema. This year’s edition includes a retrospective of filmmaker Ken Loach and 50 films by 50 women filmmakers.

Tickets: Delegate passes are Rs 1,000 but you need to register.

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​U2: The Joshua Tree Tour
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​U2: The Joshua Tree Tour

Where: DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai

When: December 15, 4 pm

Why you should go: It is the first concert in India of the legendary rock band, helmed by Bono. Go if you are a lifelong fan or a neo convert.

Tickets: Rs 3,000-25,000

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​Echoes of Earth
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​Echoes of Earth

Where: Bengaluru

When: December 7-8

Why you should go: Positioned as the country’s “greenest music festival”, this relatively new event will feature over 40 Indian and international acts over two days.

Tickets: Rs 2,360

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​Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav
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​Sawai Gandharva Bhimsen Mahotsav

Where: Mukund Nagar, Pune

When: December 11-15

Why you should go: The festival of Hindustani classical music will this year feature Begum Parveen Sultana and Amjad Ali, among others. The late Bhimsen Joshi took the initiative to organise the festival to commemorate Sawai Gandharva.

Tickets: Rs 200 onwards

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​India Craft Week
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​India Craft Week

Where: Aerocity, New Delhi

When: December 4-8

Why you should go: Organised by Craft Village, it is a chance to see the best contemporary crafts and meet the artisans behind some of those works.

Tickets: Rs 499 a day

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​Hornbill Festival
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​Hornbill Festival

Where: Kohima, Nagaland

When: December 1-10

Why you should go: You get a glimpse of the heritage of Nagaland through the music, dance and food of its various tribes and sub-tribes. Attend concerts, go for treks, soak in the atmosphere.

Tickets: Rs 20-30/day

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​Margazhi Season
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​Margazhi Season

Where: Multiple venues, Chennai

When: mid-November to January 1

Why you should go: This is the high point of the Carnatic music calendar, with the best talent homing in on Chennai for performances spread out over a month. Don’t forget to grab a bite from the canteens outside venues.

Tickets: Varies according to performance

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