Take a Deep Breath, 2016 is Packed

Some gigs, conferences, blockbusters and popular fiction to watch out for during the first half of the coming year

Published: 31st December 2015 05:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st December 2015 05:25 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: The city will witness a clash of superheroes and play audience to melancholic trash metal this year.

There will also be the more sober conferences on a range of topics - from tech to woodwork.

This is the year Namma Metro is expected run through all four reaches of Phase I. But since it is still worrying over the first underground section on the East-West line, don’t hold your breath.

In movies, there’s Martin Scorsese’s movie on a 17th-century Christian missionary and Coen Brothers’ Hail Caesar, on behind-the-scenes drama of a Hoyllywood production. There is Batman who is worried about Superman’s free run through Metropolis and a new superhero from Marvel series, Doctor Strange (with Benedict Cumberbatch).

Perhaps the most awaited book of the year is George R R Martin’s Winds of Winter (sixth and last-but-one in

the series).

Here are a few dates you can mark for the year ahead.


In January’s Open Air Festival, the Swedish death metal band Soilwork is likely to debut in India. Polish death/trash metal band Vader is also expected to perform this year, at the country’s only open-air music festival dedicated to heavy metal.

The Internet of Things wagon is speeding away and Bengaluru’s grabbed a seat. During this month, Electronics Rocks will help design engineers, developers and entrepreneurs brainstorm on building cutting-edge hardware.

An annual tech conference Web Summit that has been held in Europe for the past five years, comes to Bengaluru. It sees over 40,000 attendees from 134 countries usually. For those who love stories, Ranga Shankara will have sessions for kids from January 2 to the end of February.


Have you been dying to try your hand at carpentry — perhaps fashion your own study table? You could if you attend on of the world’s largest woodworking event IndiaWood 2016. It is set to be held in Bangalore International Exhibition Centre. This brings furniture makers and toolmakers to town.

The Gophercon, for open-source enthusiasts, will be held this month too.

If you like your fitness runs wicked, then register for Wicked Slush early in the month. This one is for people who are out to have fun with their teammates, crossing or (sometimes) skipping obstables. It promises to be fun and muddy. Later in the year, in October, there’s also the Devil’s Circuit for the adventurous.

If you like a bit of history with your run, in September, you could join the group that’s legging it through Badami in North Karnataka. They plan to run through cave temples, watch waterfalls and stop by at a 6th century town.

Movie buffs can look forward to the Bangalore Queer Film Festival. Besides good movies, there will be panel discussions, photo exhibitions and more.


The past, present and future of Indian and African elephants will be discussed at a conference at IISc in April. The

premier science institute will also host the Great Indian Developer Summit, bring ing together players in the hardware and software industries. Birding and wildlife enthusiasts can pack their bags for a trip later in the year too

(November-December), with Sangam. They are organising a 11-day trip through South India, including Hampi, Western Ghats, coastal Karnataka and along River Cauvery.


Memories, folklore and science will be discussed at the 19th International Conference on Oral History slated for June.


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