Published: 31st January 2019
The F of X festival is a heaven on Earth for artists and creators. Here's how
Designed by The Experience Co, founded by Jay Ahya, this is just one of the many experiences that they design
Imagine this — you, several artists, a forest and four days of learning and thriving as a community. If there is a heaven on Earth for artists, it's here, it's here, it's here! This is what F of X is all about. From February 21 to 24 at Jim Corbett National Park, several experienced creators and artists who are still trying to find their spot in the sun get to attend workshops, sessions and of course, informal conversations to catch up with artists like Anuj Gosalia, Co-Founder, Terribly Tiny Tales; Rapper Sofia Ashraf; Mohit Satyanand, Angel Investor; Saurabh Kulkarni, Filmmaker and several others. Designed by The Experience Co, founded by Jay Ahya, this is just one of the many experiences that they design.
Better together: Participants seen brainstorming | (Pic: The Experience Co)
So, what are they doing new this time? "We wanted to rewrite the rules of conferences where the focus is on quantity, squeezing in everything between 10 am to 7 pm. So, with F and X, we have created a different kind of residential festival," says Jay, who was born in Odisha and studied in Symbiosis International, Pune. At F of X, there will be no stress of getting somewhere or being productive within a stipulated period of time. "We understand that being in a creative field consumes so much, one has to give beyond what a 9-to-5 job demands. We need to give it our evenings and sometimes, even our Sundays," says Jay. body ("which is basically the skill") and soul ("which is the deeper meaning behind it all")
Hip hip hooray: Participants at one of the experiences organised by The Experience Co | (Pic: The Experience Co)
So, if you are a budding artist, what do you stand to gain from attending the festival? "Not only will you find like-minded people and gain inspiration and perspective, you might just meet your future employer or employee," says the 28-year-old. They did face a bit of a hiccup when they realised that the venue, which they had painstakingly picked, was serving as an obstacle because they had to transport everything — from decor to materials — from New Delhi (which is six hours away). But they received validation from the fact that more than 90% of the tickets were sold out pretty soon. And that's a hint for you guys to hurry up and register because applications close by February 10!
Their other projects are:
- The Beachouse Project - Experiential residencies for creative entrepreneurs
- Roadtrip Experience Project - A travel experiment which brings artists and creators together
For more on them, click on fofxfestival.com