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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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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Premier | Goenchi Maati Movement film, at Design Centre, Porvorim, 6 pm, March 18th 2021

with the film makers – Living Heritage Foundation and Goenchi Maati Movement team

Film by Living Heritage Foundation.
Directed by Marc Francis & Mohan Kumar Mochi
Premiere by Thus.
Hosted by Design Center

“Goenchi Mati: A new perspective on mining in Goa” Directed by Marc Francis and Mohan Kumar Mochi, this 43 minute film includes notable figures such as Raju Nayak, editor – Lokmat, Haresh Melwani – mine owner & Late Dadubhai Mandrekar – poet, writer and social activist and Claude Alvares, Director, Goa Foundation. It also features five songs & a tiatr skit created and performed exclusively for the film by Joyalita and her friends.

The Goenchi Mati Movement insists that natural resources including minerals are a shared inheritance of all Goans living in the state, and it is our responsibility to ensure that our children and future generation inherit at least as much as we did. We are a non-partisan movement and are the Goan arm of “The Future We Need,” a global movement to make intergenerational equity foundational for civilization starting with minerals. The film has been commissioned in order to invite the citizens of Goa to come forward and join the Goenchi Mati movement to save the soil of Goa.

Audiences are requested to park their vehicles near Nexa Service Station, the road ahead is steep and narrow. Limited Seating with social distancing guidelines.

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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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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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.

Panelists :

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 free but misunderstood Street Dogs of Goa – Adv Norma Alvares & Dr Karlette Fernandes | #mondayfixgoa | 31.8 7.30 pm

Adv Norma Alvares & Dr Karlette Fernandes #mondayfixgoa 31.8 7.30 pm

What many of us call stray, the law recognises as ‘street’ dogs. The colonial policy – which we followed, recommended catching and killing them en masse, until the law was changed in 2001 with the implementation of the Animal Birth Control Rules. Norma and Karlette have been on the frontline of the very heated street dog debates in Goa, and in this session they debunk some deeply held beliefs and hopefully show us a way forward of peaceful coexistence.

Norma Alvares is one of the leading human rights, environment and animal rights lawyers and activists in Goa, who also founded the Goa chapter of People For Animals, in the late 90s. Norma has argued in seminal cases against killing of street dogs, banning of bull fights (dhirio), and welfare and rehabilitation of captive elephants in Goa. She is the Chair of the Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO). She was awarded the Padma Shri for her work for the protection of animals and the environment in 2002.

Karlette Fernandes leads the Wordwide Veterinary Service projects in Goa. She established the first “Mission Rabies” project in Aldona, with a mobile veterinary truck parked outside the community centre. Over 25 days the team had completed 430 animal birth control surgeries for dogs belonging to the village residents and vaccinated 600 dogs across the village for free. Since then there have been zero rabies deaths reported in humans and animals from the Aldona village. The success of this community service project led to the development of the Model Village for a Rabies-free nation.

The WVS team is now working closely with the Government of Goa on a ONE HEALTH approach, to implement this project in every village across the state, to bring positive change for the safety and health of the children in our community, with the objective to make Goa rabies-free. The impact of this project has reflected on the improved welfare of animals and the reduction of human deaths due to rabies from 17 people in 2014 to zero in 2018. She is now setting up the WVS Dog Pop Project to develop sustainable strategies to implement Dog Population Management in all Municipalities and Panchayats across the State of Goa.

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