See Sharp Fest
After spending two months in Goa, I knew that anytime people invited you for something, it was either a reggae party or a techno night. Which is why, when my friend first asked me to visit the See Sharp Fest with her, I jumped at the opportunity. My lack of awareness about this initiative somehow worked out in my favour. From the moment I stepped into the vibrant arena, I was constantly intrigued. From the way they had designated zones based on the four elements : Fire, Earth, Air and Water, to all the educational and highly interactive workshops they had planned, I was fully consumed by this green living and learning experience.
For a festival that was hosted to bring nature lovers together, there was a lot going on and rightly so. There were around ten stalls ranging from hemp, to bags made from leftover fabric that gets discarded after fashion shows, to a stall selling washing powder made from waste oil collected by one Japanese woman named Kozue who goes around restaurants in Goa collecting this unusable oil from their kitchens. The food section seemed to be carefully curated too. There were green smoothies, vegan dishes, organic teas and coffee and and a fabulous range of juices and coolers floating around.
Every person I met at this festival was multi- talented, eco conscious, and self motivated spirit on the journey to heal this world through their own craft or passion. To get their ideas and projects reach the masses, they hosted various workshops. Permaculturist Rico Zook dove into the system of agricultural and social design principles centred on directly utilising the features observed in natural ecosystems. ‘Design for Change’ empowered everyone by sharing their story of becoming one of the largest global movement of children driving change in their communities.
Amidst all the powerful knowledge and information about sustainable living that was being passed around the only thing that lacked a little bit of more attention to detail. The sight of plastic cups at the food stalls felt regressive and the waste management at the festival itself could have had more character. But, since this was the first time ever anything like this has taken place in Goa, it’s safe to say that the organisers had their heart and soul in the right place.
If anything, Goa, and especially India needs more such initiatives by people who are eager to learn from each other and are mindful of what they take and give back to the environment.