~ The Aguad serves not only as a historical landmark but also as a vibrant cultural centre, providing entertainment for both locals and tourists~
Panaji: After two days of thrilling juggling acts, percussion medleys, live music and other creative performances, curtains have fallen on the third edition of the Aguad Fete, which was held at historic and the recently renovated Aguad Port and Jail complex on January 27 and 28.
On both days, attendees were treated to a dazzling showcase of mesmerising juggling skills of the Wenjuggler, followed by the infectious beats of the drum circle featuring Djembe. Live music filled the air, creating a vibrant atmosphere and the artistry of mime performers dazzled the audiences at The Aguad.
“We are thrilled with the overwhelming response to the Aguad Fete,” said Naveen Chopra, Group CEO, Waterfront Experiences Pvt Ltd. “It was heartening to see people of all ages coming together to celebrate and create lasting memories. The diverse lineup of performances and family activities truly made Aguad Fete a standout event,” he added.
Children attending the Fete had access to a dedicated kids’ zone that facilitated gaming, magic shows and other activities like ring toss, mini golf, bouncy castle, hoop shot. Boat transfers from the floating jetty in Panaji provided a scenic and convenient journey to Aguad, enhancing the overall experience for attendees.
Kenelm Lopes, a Goan visitor said: “The Aguad Fete embodies family time and local heritage. Expanding such experiences can enhance the fusion of traditional Goan culture and modern entertainment. The Fete seamlessly integrates Goa’s rich cultural heritage with entertainment, bridging distinct realms”.
The fete made available diverse Goan eateries offering authentic cuisine and showcased handmade products and knicknacks, providing a delightful culinary and shopping experience.
Wendell Gray from the Wenjugglers Academy, says “Performing at The Aguad is a chance to contribute to family moments on weekends. The diverse entertainment lineup creates an inclusive environment, showcasing Goan culture through our juggling team’s unique acts.”
The Aguad, a historically significant site, now serves as a cultural hub equipped with the state-of-the-art Aguad Interactive Museum: The Land, The Struggle, The People and a venue for entertainment for locals and tourists as well, showcased through events like the Fete.