Festivals In Unstable Climates

Environmental disruption - by nature or politics - and displacement are now more the norm rather than an exception experienced by cities around the world. In such unstable climates, how do arts and music festivals keep the event going against challenges beyond an organiser’s control? Sun Ska Fest and IndiEarth XChange talk about what it means for their annual events and the larger issues around it - among other things, how does such work cope with the psychology of the city and the audiences they serve who cannot move if the festival decides to relocate to an economically or environmentally safer ground.

Date: 25th Nov / Time: 12:00 / Venue: Sansara, The Park Chennai / Event Type: Music, Film, Culture Conference


  • Sonya Mazumdar

    Sonya Mazumdar EarthSync / India

    Sonya Mazumdar is the Founder/CEO of EarthSync, a music production house, award-winning documentary film producer, and a global, cross-cultural artistic collaborator. EarthSync's initiative IndiEarth Project was created to build a multi-country collective of professional, cultural, educational and economic collaborations for the development of the independent music, film and media industry infrastructure in India. IndiEarth XChange is the annual trade event in India for independent music, film and media with a focus on networking India, Asia-Pacific and the Indian Ocean region. Avid traveler and writer, Sonya has over 20 years experience in project management and social responsibility in the infrastructure and content industries in India, West Africa and Asia.

  • Fred Lachaize


    Fred owns Reggae Sun Ska Festival, the oldest French Reggae Festival that started 21 years ago. Based in Bordeaux, the festival attracted an audience of over 65,000 people in 2017. Music Action Production represents artists such as Dubmatix, Groundation, Toure Kunda, Sinsemilia, Mellow Mood, Skatalites, Pablo Moses, JAQEE, Lyre le Temps, DJ Vadim; with Naaman, Groundation, Uroy and more are under the Soulbeats Record label.

  • Rosella Stephen

    Rosella Stephen The Hindu / India

    Rosella Stephen is the editor of WEEKEND, the Saturday magazine at The Hindu. Prior to this, she was editor at Indulge (The New Indian Express), a lifestyle magazine she conceptualised and launched in 2006. She was actively involved in creating Edex, the national educational supplement with TNIE. She has served on multiple panels on art appreciation, luxury, fashion journalism and leadership at various organisations, including The British Council, The Madras Management Association and The Hindu Lit for Life. As a fashion commentator, she has identified and encouraged emerging designers and stylists, and believes we can better analyse our ever-changing urban landscape through its innovators, entrepreneurs, catalysts and creative minds.