Summer 2020: Madras Café Unlocked

As a result of COVID-19 WOMAD festival 2020 has been cancelled, which has a huge impact on Madras Café and Action Village India (AVI). This is normally a key fundraising event and opportunity to raise awareness about AVI’s solidarity with rural communities across India. Therefore, Madras Café and AVI would like to warmly welcome you to our re-imagined event, Madras Café Unlocked, a summer of online activities and content in support of Action Village India and partners.

Madras Café Unlocked launches its five virtual ‘stages’: The Madras Café Family, Madras Boombox, Food for Thought, Partnerships & Solidarity and the Food for Justice and Peace Exhibition on the 24th July 2020 for a weekend of festivities.

We will be bringing you Indian cooking classes, the launch of the Madras Café Cookbook 2, discussions with our partners and guest talks on women’s rights, disability rights and climate justice, solidarity sessions where you will be able to be in touch with our partners in a small setting, yoga and dance workshops, music from Adivasi communities and Darbar Arts Cultural Heritage Trust and much more….

The weekend also sees the launch of our dedicated 2020 exhibition below: Food for Peace and Justice. Here we will be showcasing inspiring stories and events that illustrate the close links between food, social justice and peace. Themes that lie at the heart of Madras Café.

Our Unlocked schedule of events will continue throughout August and September ending with our finale event ‘The Meal’ on 26th September in support of JaiJagat 2020.

You can check out everything we have lined up at


Summer 2020

We have a different and exciting exhibition, given the cancellation of WOMAD festival 2020. Instead, we welcome you to our very first online exhibition as part of Madras Café Unlocked on the themes of food, justice and peace, which run throughout all of Madras Café Unlocked’s events.

It is clear that we cannot tackle climate breakdown without addressing inequalities and social injustices. With food production and climate closely related, it is so important to understand the role and relevance of food in creating social justice and peace. The very growing pressures of climate change, as well as the unprecedented times we currently face, only serve to further demonstrate the significance of our exhibition themes.

Through a curated collection of content, our exhibition showcases inspiring stories, news and events on issues such as the work of Ekta Parishad (Jai Jagat), the climate crisis, ChangeKitchen, veganism plus much more. ‘The Meal’ in September 2020 will bring our exhibition to a close and give us an opportunity to reflect on the interconnectedness of food, justice and peace.

By stepping through the doorway of our powerful images and visual media we aim to come together to explore these themes in more detail and gain further understanding of how we can all take action to ensure a peaceful, just and sustainable world.

You can join us for our exhibition events during the weekend via the Madras Café Unlocked website as well as visiting our exhibition pieces via the Action Village India website.


Food for Peace and Justice

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