A Kaleidoscope of Colour and Culture: Celebrate Kula Kula Festival at Oaga Art Resort

The Maldives conjures images of pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and luxurious escapes. But at Oaga Art Resort, the experience takes a vibrant step further with the inclusion of a vast array of activities. The Kula Kula Festival is one such experience – it’s an explosion of Maldivian culture, artistic expression, and pure, unadulterated fun. This immersive festival promises to be a sensory overload in the best way possible, with music, dance, live art collaborations, and colourful festivities creating an unforgettable Maldivian experience.

What is Kula Kula Festival?

“Kula” translates to “colour” in Dhivehi, the Maldivian language. Kula Kula, with its playful repetition, signifies an abundance of colours – a fitting title for this festival that explodes with artistic expression. Oaga’s Kula Kula Festival is an extravaganza celebrating music, dance, and the visual arts, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Maldives.

A Celebration of Culture and Connection

The festival extends a warm welcome to anyone who shares a passion for artistic exploration. It’s a chance to experience the infectious energy and vibrant spirit of Maldivian culture firsthand. Whether you’re a seasoned art collector or simply enjoy the rhythm of a good beat, Kula Kula has something for everyone.

A Glimpse into Last Year’s Festivities

The inaugural Kula Kula Festival in 2023 was a resounding success. The event’s highlight was the collaborative creation of a live mural by American artist Daev Momo and the renowned Maldivian street artist, Ahmed Sobah, better known as Toxicrew. This artistic exchange beautifully symbolised the festival’s theme of cultural fusion.

Beyond the mural, the festival pulsated with a variety of activities. Guests participated in themed cocktail apprentice sessions led by the acclaimed Canadian beverage art consultant, Tao Zrafi. Traditional Maldivian music filled the air with performances by the “boduberu” group, Harubee, and the popular local band, Affan & The King Coconuts.

The festival wasn’t just about watching – it was about active participation. Local artists showcased their work at pop-up stalls, while attendees enjoyed belly dancing performances, fire displays, and the joyous throwing of colourful powder on the beach – a delightful Maldivian twist on a familiar tradition. For those seeking a more introspective experience, henna art and mandala making workshops were also available.

The grand finale was the “Raa Baa Beats” pool party, featuring renowned Maldivian artists Zara & Mahran, followed by DJ Baapu. Local mural artist Hassan Najih, known as Iamarthling, treated guests to a live art performance, adding another layer of artistic energy to the evening. The event was hosted by Oaga’s Suvāsthi Retail & Art Gallery.

What to Expect in 2024

This year, the Kula Kula Festival promises an even more immersive experience. Stretching over five days, from Eid-Al Fitr (April 10th) to World Art Day (April 15th), the festival celebrates not just Maldivian culture but also the global artistic spirit. Expect a vibrant schedule filled with captivating performances, artistic workshops, and a chance to connect with a community passionate about creative expression.

Mark your calendars and get ready to be dazzled by the colours of creativity at the Kula Kula Festival!