Gurgaon’s Epicentre all set to host cultural events this summer

By: Apurvaa Pandey, May 14, 2012, Times of India
GURGAON: The Epicentre, which was established in 2008, has become the ultimate cultural hub of the city. It offers a perfect artistic get-away for people who earlier had no other choice but go to Delhi for such events. This summer, Epicentre will be hosting numerous workshops irrespective of age and gender.

Workshops on theatre, poetry, dance, art, science, carpentry and history will be held this season. A grooming and finishing school workshop for women will also be conducted by Nayanika Chatterjee and Tina Chatwal. During winters, the cultural centre had organised walks to Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary and Aravali Biodiversity Park.

“Epicentre filled the void of not having a place like India Habitat Centre in Gurgaon and added value to the city,” said Ritu Verma, organiser of the on-going ‘The Indian Great Bazaar’. The organisers prefer Epicentre for its central location and its helpful staff.

Located at The Apparel House in Sector 44 opposite Gold Souk , Epicentre boasts of an air conditioned 40000 square feet exhibition-conference venue which is the largest hall in Gurgaon and can house up to 2500 people. It also has a sound partitioned multipurpose art gallery, a multi-cuisine award winning restaurant, an amphitheatre, Lynx- a banquet and party space, conference rooms and a covered surface parking place for %500 cars.

Epicentre recently introduced ‘Caferati’, an open mike series where one can present their own work, whether a poem, song, story, diatribes in any language for two minutes. Besides Wednesday Nights Live at the multi-cuisine restaurant-Drift, the centre also holds film screenings, right now Canadian movies, followed by an interaction. The centre is also planning to introduce “Cultural Membership” to cater to its regular visitors.

“As a market, Gurgaon lacked a cultural centre, so we took the opportunity of establishing Epicentre,” said Nitin Mathur, General Manager, Epicentre.

“Despite the presence of five star hotels and the Kingdom of Dreams, Epicentre has its own value and place in the hearts of the people. We believe in diversity and have %never repeated any performance except on popular demand. We have a monthly brainstorming session for new performances where the base (dance or music) remains the same, but the treatment given to the show is totally %different,” added Mathur. The centre witnesses average %footfall of 500 to 700 people everyday.

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