Film Screening at The Flying Goat, Anjuna, Sunday June 26th 2022, 8 pm onwards

From sunshine and beaches, to rawa fried fish and delectable beef dishes, from cashews to feni and choriz to churches, from dense green forests to rivers as wide as the eye can see, its cheerful people and quaint, colorful houses with terracotta roofed porches signing off on the ultimate susegad life – India’s smallest state also happens to be most people’s favorite, its rich, vibrant, pluralistic and largely liberal culture attracting visitors of all kinds.

But does this ubiquitous “Goa for everyone” feeling really make you Goan? And how is Goa’s unique local culture being shaped by the many waves of immigration – past and present – that have passed through its lands? This weekend we explore such questions and more with a curated screening program featuring two locally made documentary films.

The Golden Fish by Avadhoot Potdar, Akanksha Gupta and Akshata Dalvi looks at Goa’s burgeoning casino industry and its impact on the local economy and community, whereas Bread & Belonging by Goan filmmaker Sonia Filinto, explores the relationship between food, culture and migration through the lens of Goa’s unique bread, pão. Both films address issues of migration, changing culture and the ever-present need to earn a living.

Join us on Sunday, 26th June 8pm onwards at The Flying Goat for an evening of cinema and conversation as we explore the evolving identity of a cherished land through local stories and perspectives. Limited seating available, call on +91 8828138632 to book your seats!

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Wiki World : A glimpse into the fascinating world of wiki editors- 20th year of Wikipedia – 15th February 2021 7.30 pm

Wikipedia is ranked between the fifth to 15th most-visited websites in the world – a free online encyclopedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world and hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation.

This year we celebrate Wikipedia’s 20th birthday. Now Wikipedia has over 100,000 active volunteers working in 270 languages.

Frederick Noronha is once the ‘Editor of the Week’ (March 2020) and a driving force of Goan wikipedia community. Him and editors of Goan Wiki group, on 15th Feb # will tell us about their efforts – the mission of creating entries about every single village in Goa. Volunteers have already completed Bardez, and are currently working on the villages of Ponda Taluka.


Denzil Simoes ran into the Wikipedia as an engg student a decade-and-half ago. Uses both his tech and language skills to push things significantly forward. Done a lot to promote the Konkani Wiktionary. One of two Wikipedia (Konkani) admins in Goa.

Tanmay Pereira Naik – young techie, great at explaining technical issues in a simple language, and co-founded the Wikipedia Weekends initiatives that have pushed volunteers forward significantly here. Is also a part of various other Goan communities.

Anup Shanbag discovered that the Konkani Wikipedia ( is not restricted to Devanagari alone, and has been doing a great job in building it both technically and by linking it with other scripts.

Aliya Abreu teaches French, has been a journalist, and has pushed everyone forward in the recent revival of Wikipedia volunteering in Goa.

Frederick Noronha has been an editor (with spurts and ebbs in activity) on the Wikipedia for over 15 years. Editor-of-the-Week in March 2020.

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The Barefoot Exemplars | The Story of Art Escape #mondayfixgoa 12th Oct 2020 7.30 pm

Founders of Art Escape, The Live Music Project, Inspire Trust, Ideas Boutique, Vinesh & Darryl have brought quality music, art, creative workshops, environmental projects and festivals to Goa for ten years now. How has the pandemic affected them, their activities and goals, and what’s in store in the future?

In conversation with Shweta Bajaj, an award winning journalist who also happened to be at their first gig a decade ago, about their artistic and curatorial journey so far and the road ahead.

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Living Heritage Tree Tagging App Launch 2nd October 2020 7.30 pm

Living Heritage Tree Tagging App Launch

Rapid urbanisation has made it critical for us to conserve the environment, now more than ever. Accountability is the need of the hour and creating a database of all the trees ought to be a good start. The Living Heritage App is the way forward as it enables you to geo-tag trees, do health checks and send S.O.S. Join us this Friday for a brief introduction of the App followed by a panel discussion on how the App can be instrumental for conservation, education and litigation among other things.

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Miguel Braganza is an agriculturist and the brain behind the Konkan Fruit Fest and the Festival of Flowers among others. He’s currently an agricultural consultant.

Sreeja Chakraborty is an Environmental lawyer and Co-Founder of Living Environment Advocacy Foundation (LEAF).

Avertino Miranda is a Journalist/Activist and co-founder of Goa’s Green Brigade.

Alex Carpenter is a Conservationist who runs The Tribe, an off the grid, sustainable tourism endeavour.

Harshada Gauns is a Zoologist who is into conservation and environmentalism. She is the founder of Arannya, an environmental research organization.

Hycintha Aguiar is a Zoologist and the Chairperson of the Biodiversity Management Committee of VP Goltim Navelim on Divar Island. She works closely with local communities to document and chronicle this crucial knowledge.

Shelton Desouza is a Technology Coordinator with Nova Semita, the company that developed the App.

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Empty Nets and Barren Beds | A conversation | Vikram Doctor with Dr. Aaron Savio Lobo | 14th September 7.30 pm


We have two interesting speakers this #mondayfixgoa to converse on how the changing nature of seafood consumption, particularly in tourist destinations like Goa, is changing our environment and the future of our food.


Vikram Doctor is a journalist with the Economic Times. He writes features, mostly on material culture in India and with a special focus on the many roles and functions of food in Indian society. You can follow him


Dr. Aaron Savio Lobo is a naturalist at heart, a conservation scientist by training and gourmet by aspiration. That said, he tends to see the world through two lenses – Nature and Food. What we eat, where it comes from, who produced it, at what cost, and most importantly, how to eat and feed the planet sustainably are questions that keep him occupied. On completing his PhD from the University of Cambridge in marine conservation science he decided to venture beyond academia and has worked on a diversity of projects in the marine conservation domain in a wide range of countries and contexts. These include understanding the impacts of tropical fisheries on ecosystems and livelihoods, setting up participatory models for the management of Marine Protected Areas, setting up programmes for monitoring small-scale fisheries. He is currently a member of the IUCN SSC Marine Conservation Committee and is an advisor on the seafood advisory service called Know Your Fish. You can follow him @meenscientist

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The People’s Biodiversity Register (Goa) – Hycintha Aguiar | #mondayfixgoa 7.30 pm | 7th September 2020

Goa has a People’s Biodiversity Register that contains detailed information about local biological resources along with the medicinal and other traditional knowledge associated with them. Preparing these registers is mandated under India’s Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Rules, 2004.

Being a qualified Zoologist and the Chairperson of the Biodiversity Management Committee of VP Goltim Navelim on Divar Island, Hycintha Aguiar works closely with local communities to document and chronicle this crucial knowledge.

In this presentation, she will share her experience of working on the People’s Biodiversity Register; stressing on the importance of drawing up this register as well as the importance of people’s participation in this crucial scientific activity.

Presentation by Hycintha Aguiar, Zoologist, Chairperson of the Biodiversity Management Committee of VP Goltim Navelim on Divar Island, Goa

As many as 6449 PBRs been put together so far covering 21 of the 29 states in India. Karnataka has 1777 PBRs while Sikkim has four as per NBA’s updated list. – National Biodiversity Authority, India-

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The Life of Steve Siqueira – in conversation with Naresh Fernandes | #mondayfixgoa 17.08 | 7.30 pm

The life of Steve Siqueira through time and space.

The Goan Afrikander who became a musician during the transitional age from jazz to rock. Naresh Fernandes and Steve Siqueira, through music, will take us through jazz history and the role Goan musicians played.

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A discussion on Mollem | The art of destruction | 10th August Monday 7.30 pm

A panel discussion on the Mollem issue, with reference to the three proposed projects and their attendant environmental, ecological, social, economic and entomological affects on large areas contained in the Mollem National Park and the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.

Parag Rangnekar (Ecologist)
Pronoy Baidya (Entomologist)
Vivek Menezes (Journalist)
Dean D’Cruz (Architect)
Captain Viriato Fernandes (Goencho Awaz)
Malisa Zemira Simoes (Lawyer)
Alex Carpenter (Conservationist)

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with a aim to explore balance between conservation and development.

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Goa Covid Relief Ops- An Analysis #mondayfixgoa 7.30 pm, 20th July 2020

Recently, citizens of Goa came out to assist the Covid relief operations – collaborating with the Government procedures. From the time of essentials distribution till the last Shramik trains, they were relentless in their pursuit of dignity for the workers. In this #mondayfixgoa, with Vijaya Pais, Nupura Hautamaki and Miriam Koshy, in conversation with Alok Hisarwala, we will get to know their optimism, learning points and disappointments and the active citizenry movement. We hope to encourage and foster Government and citizen interfaces through this discussion.

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Cultural Cartographies: Sensing Goa’s Heritages & Landscapes | 6 Assagao, 7.30 pm, 10th June 2019


Presenter: Pedro Manuel Sobral Pombo
Assistant Professor, Visiting Faculty,
Department of Portuguese and Lusophone Studies,
Goa University

Departing from previous and ongoing research on Goan heritage and coastal landscapes, this conversation aims at thinking the aesthetic and epistemological possibilities of landscape as a crucial element of cartographing cultural contexts and their materializations.

The particularities of Goan culture have been studied through religious syncretisms, architectures and gastronomy as heritages that translate the specificities of this state. Nevertheless, when looking at the ways water embraces land in cultivated khazans and in wild mangroves, how religious precincts ground deities to sacred topographies or how cultural elements surround agricultural or fishing activities we can understand how landscape has been transformed and integrated in what is sensed today as Goan heritage.

This presentation takes landscape as a way of exploring heritages in new ways: how can we observe the materiality of buildings or soundscapes of songs or working rhythms without erasing their relation with the surroundings? How to integrate the sensorial worlds of Goa, colors, smells and monsoon winds and waters, in our understanding of heritage, in a way that the intimate relation between material culture and its locations is not lost?

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