Delhi celebrates Delhi Walk Festival with Rochelle & Keith

· Rochelle Rao & Keith Sequeira flew to Delhi to participate in DWF

· From 22nd-28th February, 2016

· 31 walk organizations, 80 different walks in 7 days. Exploring Delhi’s rich History, Heritage, Art, Culture, Design, Architecture, Food, Sufism and even Paranormal Activity…

· Organized by Delhi, I love You

· With the support of Decathlon and Hyatt Andaz

· In partnership with Delhi Tourism.

Website link- www.delhiwalkfestival.com

Delhi, I Love you, an independent socio-cultural movement in Delhi, launched the first Delhi Walk Festival- a seven-day event organized from 22nd February to 28th February 2016.

“For those of you who thought that it is impossible to walk in Delhi, this Festival may come as a pleasant surprise. We have handpicked guided walking tours that reveal the incredible layers that our city has to offer. Heritage, Food, Djinns, Sufi music, Foraging to name a few. There hasn't been a more exciting time in the city; for disruption, for rethinking, for conversation. The Delhi Walk Festival is an opportunity to acknowledge all the exciting work that has been happening in the realm of urban exploration. The idea is to also bring people together and make room for conversation about improving the culture of walking and its larger implication on pollution and mobility.” Says Aastha Chauhan Director of Delhi, I love you.

“The moment I heard about this event I was excited to take Rochelle to Delhi and to show her why I love the city so much. ” said Keith, ” it was great participating in both the Salaam Balak Trust Walk and the Food Walk.. the Delhi Walk Festival gave us an opportunity to see Delhi with new eyes.” Rochelle added.

The walks are bringing together 31 organisations/experts like Sadia Dehlvi, Sohail Hashmi, Manoj Misra, INTACH, Swechha, Salaam Balak Trust amongst others; for conducting 80 walking tours in different neighbourhoods. The objective of the Walk Festival is to identify, connect and highlight the initiatives that promote the culture of walking in the city and share its multi-layered narrative; as experienced on foot. Shri. Kapil Misra, Delhi Minister of Tourism, Art & Culture, Languages, Water and Gurudwara Elections, “Delhi is proud to host the first of it's kind walk festival organized by Delhi, I Love You. I am thrilled to announce the opening of the Delhi walk festival today. This event has been very well received by the audiences. I hear people from as far as Lucknow has booked tickets and are eager to explore Delhi with this unique opportunity. I look forward to participating in some of the walks myself. Given the overwhelming response we have received for this event we are considering making this an annual feature. There are also plans to host a children's only walk festival.”

The festival will be travelling through 3 neighbourhoods the city which will have hubs, where tertiary events like music, street performances, readings, film screenings etc will be hosted over the 7 days:

Old Delhi: Chunnamal Haveli: active on 22-23 Feb, 2016 Lodhi Estate: Allaince Francaise: active on 24-25th Feb, 2016 Qutub Complex: 1AQ Art Gallery: active on 26-28th Feb, 2016

The adventure started few months ago when Delhi, I love You met Delhi Dallying a group of architects who organize walks and workshops in Delhi. The festival has been organised by Delhi, I love you and curated in partnership with Delhi Dallying.

“We are delighted to participate in the first Delhi Walk festival, It is a great opportunity to celebrate the walk culture in the Capital city and therefore outdoor activities “Said Prajval Ray – Manager of Decathlon in North India. “Delhi is full of culture and there is plenty of reasons to love the city, walks are obviously one of them. As a new hotel coming in the city, we will also promote these walks to our guests” mentioned Jaspreet Singh Manager at Andaz Delhi – the catering partners for some of the festival venues.

Delhi I Love You has specially designed a centralized website for the festival www.delhiwalkfestival.com that will display the common schedule and venues for all activities, introduce the walk organization/experts and their various walks to make it easier for people to choose among the many tempting options. The website will link you to bookmyshow.com for sale of tickets.

About Delhi, I Love You: Delhi, I Love You is a 30-month cultural and social movement in Delhi with an aim to promote and connect people/organizations who bring positive energy to the city and who have not necessarily worked together before, and celebrate the city at large. Delhi, I love you will curate 120 events in Delhi spread across history, art & culture, environment and social issues. Delhiwalkfestival.com // delhiiloveyou.com

About Delhi Dallying Three young architects & designers, graduates of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi who converse and engage with the city through writing, talking, conducting walks, workshops and curating experiences. Apart from their self initiated projects, they have previously collaborated with the Unbox Festival, the St+Art Delhi Festival and Mahatta & Co. delhidallying.com // hello@delhidallying.com

About Decathlon Decathlon is a French sports equipment and sportswear company founded in 1976. They sell sports products in more than 1012 stores in 22 countries around the world and 37 in India. At Decathlon you will find a choice of 5000 products and equipment covering over 50 sports. The sports products and equipment are not just technically superior but also affordable to everyone. The equipment range caters to all levels of competency – from beginners to experts. Sports enthusiasts can actually try all the sports gear before the purchase.

Decathlon has a philosophy of “Sport for all, All for Sport”. The vision is to make sports available to every individual by creating an environment that makes sport easily accessible to all.

About Andaz Delhi “Delhi is rooted in history and culture, and guided walks allow you to discover plenty of reasons to fall in love with the city. The Andaz brand aims to create unique experiences that are authentic and culturally rich. When Andaz Delhi opens later this year, we will promote guided walks through the city as we want to encourage meaningful exploration and would like every guest to feel like a local from the moment they begin their journey at Delhi.” said Jaspreet Singh, Commercial Director at Andaz Delhi – the lifestyle partners who will curate the food and beverage experience at some of the festival venues.

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