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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Rewriting the Candolim Story : Roshan Luke Mathias in conversation with Sapna Shahani, #mondayfixgoa, at Vagator Groove42, Nov 29th 2021

#mondayfixgoa Nov 29th, this conversation will have shades of contemporary history, cultural geography and intangible heritages that we are losing.

Roshan Luke Mathias has been a tourist, a student, a businessman, a family man rooted in Candolim, a real son of the Soil. After 4 decades, he is the Vice President of Goencho Avaaz, a local political party and candidate for Calangute constituency in the upcoming election. As a citizen activist, Roshan has fought many battles to save Goa’s unique culture & ecology from wanton destruction.

He will be in conversation with Sapna Shahani, (mostly about his village and vision) recipient of 2021 ‘SheThePeople’ Digital Women Award and 2009 prestigious MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning award, which enabled her to train a pan-Indian network of women to produce videos about social issues. She is the founder of Blurb, a creative marketing agency.


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Football and Fairtrade | Nov 15th, 2021, Monday 7.30 pm

Football and Fairtrade, the Forca Goa Foundation + Fairtrade India story at Vagator, Groove 42

Forca Goa Foundations has made an organisational commitment to sourcing only Fairtrade certified footballs, becoming the first organisation in the country to make a commitment towards conscious consumption through Fairtrade. 

This #mondayfixgoa, our speakers Nathaniel Da Costa and Devina Singh will elaborate on the importance of fairness, equitableness and sustainability in production and consumption. 

Nathaniel Da Costa has been involved with Indian football for over a decade across many roles as a journalist, player agent, and media manager. He now leads the grassroots development projects at the Forca Goa Foundation using sustainability and empowerment as pillars. 

Devina Singh is a campaigner for Fairtrade and manages the communication and outreach for their India project. She heads the Bangalore chapter for Fashion Revolution India.

Her work at Fairtrade focuses on raising awareness about empowering farmers and workers, who make and grow our food and clothes, and to make businesses more accountable to their processes, with a hope that global trade will become fairer.


Will Goa Vote for Change! at Institute Menezes Braganza Hall, Nov 1st, 2021, 7.15 pm

A small state like Goa is where change begins.

The political platform for 2022 needs to effectively articulate the real concerns of the Goan people: which range from protecting our forests and beaches; regulated industrial development and mining; and guarding Goa’s cultural heritage as a unique, inclusive, and plural society. While the Indian democracy is struggling to fight back, will Goa lead us to a new direction?Please join for a special thus. panel with Dean D’Cruz, Caroline Colasso, Antonio Clovis Costa and Swati Kerkar on Monday, November 1st, 7.30 pm, at Institute Menezes Braganza.

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Stranded Marine Animals | A conversation #mondayfixgoa 28th June 7.30 pm

The dazzling Goan coastline is also a tragic site for stranded – often sick, injured or dead – marine animals like dolphins, porpoise and turtles. Ever since 2017, through a concerted coordinated network, these incidents are being recorded, researched and the stranded animals being rescued and treated. Please join us on a panel with members of the Goa Marine Wildlife Stranding Network to understand the scale, challenges and urgent support needed to strengthen the ongoing work of research and rescue.

John Fernandez, (RFO, Goa Forest Department), Dr. Suranjana Ganguly and Dr. Shantanu Kalambi (Reef Watch); Puja Mita (Terra Conscious) and Divya Sharma (Drishti Marine) will be in a conversation on this special edition THUS panel June 28th, 7.30pm.

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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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What is The Republic | A Discussion – Jan 25th 7.30 pm

with Albertina Almeida, Miguel Braganza and Saidutt Kamat this Mondayfixgoa 7.30 pm

Albertina Almeida, Miguel Braganza and Saidutt Kamat in a free wheeling discussion about what Federalism and Republic means to them, on the eve of Republic Day.

Albertina Almeida is a human rights activist, a Goa-based lawyer practicing for the last 30 years and an independent researcher and she writes regularly for the local press and occasionally for the national press.

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. He is inspiring a bunch of Agricultural graduates to work towards popularising organic farming.

Saidutt Kamat is multi talented, a mimicry artist, voice actor, Cricket commentator, public speaker and an entrepreneur.

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Snake Tales | A Discussion | 7th December 7.30 pm 2020 #mondayfixgoa

Join us for a discussion this #mondayfixgoa with some of Goa’s resident experts on snakes and wildlife rescue in Goa. The panel will answer questions from the audience, discuss and dispel myths and superstitions and help us to live more in harmony with these remarkable and misunderstood creatures.

Snakes may be some of the most feared and misunderstood of any creature on this planet. This is not without good reason, as some of them are venomous enough to kill a human with ease. Most however, are harmless and even dangerous ones become harmless with a little knowledge! Wherever there are people, there are myths and rumours abound with snakes as the main villain!

On Monday we will be joined by four of Goa’s snake rescuers to give you an intimate and honest insight into snakes and snake rescue in Goa. From dispelling myths to practical solutions that can make you and your family more safe, this discussion will be an opportunity to ask the experts any of those questions or stories and learn a little about the creatures that invoke fear in almost all of us.

So join us, as we take a journey into the hidden yet fascinating world of snakes.

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Benhail Antao is a great resource on all matters related to the Wildlife in Goa and has been an Honorary Wildlife Warden, appointed by the Forest Department of Goa.

Twenty-one-year-old environment activist, journalist and youth coordinator Sherry Fernandes is a Goan who has been exploring the forests of Mollem for many years. As a young girl, she was actively involved in animal rescue, tending to cases of domestic as well as wild animals. Her love for snakes led her to frequent trips to the forests and from here grew a deep love for Goa’s flora and fauna. On learning about the threat being posed to Mollem’s biodiversity, her desire to help protect it came naturally. As a Vasco resident, she has seen the adverse effects of the coal industry on Goa’s residents and her forests.

Alex Carpenter runs the Tribe goa in agonda and has been a nature lover since childhood. He is a conservationist best known for his passion for snakes and ecosystem restoration.

Aaron Fernandes has been a passionate advocate for nature and rescuer for wildlife for as long as he can remember. He has worked with king cobra research and conservation in the andamans and has a deep understanding of snakes and nature.

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Cows, Cars, Collisions – A discussion on the problem of abandoned Cows on Goa’s roads #mondayfixgoa 16th Nov 7.30 pm

with Swati Shilkar, Atul Sarin, Karlette Fernandes and Alok Hisarwalla

No drive through Goa these days seems to happen without close encounters of the bovine kind.

It may seem cute at first, but it is actually very dangerous. 100s of cows, including young, newly born calves, end up at shelters across Goa after being run over by cars. Many die a painful death.

The cows need protection, but their abandonment on the roads shows a systemic failure of policy.

Goa is at the cusp of change between its rural identity and the influx of new urban immigrants and tourists. Farmers have abandoned farming, and their cows with it, leaving them no home but the roads.

Please join us in conversation with experts to understand what we can do collectively to provide safety to the cows in Kadamba’s Govapuri.

Monday, November 16th, 7.30-9pm. Please see the zoom link below to join:

Atul Sarin, Founder of Welfare of Animals Goa

Atul moved to goa 15 years ago from the UK. He soon realized there were very few rescue facilities for stray animals, especially cattle. He then set up WAG, and now has 10 employees, including a a full time vet. WAG rescues and treats more than 500 injured, old, sick and abandoned cattle every year. He is also a member of the Goa State Animal Welfare Board and constantly pioneers for long term solutions for the ever suffering animals of Goa.

Swati Shilkar, Goa head of Dhyan Foundation

Swati Shilker has worked for the Department of Customs, Central Excise & Service Tax for 20 years. Since 2014, she is associated with Dhyan Foundation, a spiritual charitable organisation. Now she is a full time volunteer at Dhyan Foundation and is their Co-ordinator for the state of Goa. In Goa, DF is mainly engaged in rescuing cattle injured in road accidents. Since Feb 2013 they have rescued hundreds of such cattle injured in road accidents. Currently they are taking care of about 700 injured cattle and those rescued from slaughter houses at our three gaushalas located at :

A) Kholkar Farm, Quitla, Betul, Goa : 476 cattle
B) Shree Damodar Devasthan, Zamaulim, Goa : 167 cattle.
C) Kasod Shirvoi : 60 cattle.

Dr Karlette Ann Ferndandes, WVS Goa Director of Animal Welfare

Karlette grew up in the village of Aldona (GOA), where she completed her initial schooling. From a young age, she had a fond affection for animals, which was actively nurtured by both her parents on their farm. Following her passion, she pursued Bachelors and Masters degrees in Veterinary Medicine from two reported Universities in India. Karlette ran WVS and Mission Rabies in Assagao for several years and is now busy setting up a large animal birth control program in South Goa. Karlette is also a member of the North Goa District Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Alok Hisarwalla is a Lawyer and Animal Rights Activist.

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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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