Hyderabad cafes see surge in creative workshops, attracting art enthusiasts

On the same day, the cafe also organised a pottery workshop in collaboration with artists from The Pottery Circle.
Art enthusiasts attendeing an art workshop at a cafe.
Art enthusiasts attendeing an art workshop at a cafe.Photo | Express

HYDERABAD : Over the past three months, the social community of Hyderabad has observed a rise in arts and crafts workshops being organised, particularly in cafes. The venue of choice, cafes, attracts more people due to the ambiance that aids in creating a relaxed and informal setting for participants to learn and enjoy. Workshops related to pottery, cake decorating, resin art, candle making, baking, and more art and craft forms have increased in popularity among all age groups due to the refreshing escape they provide from people’s daily routines.

Last weekend, the House of Gourmet organised a bento cake and pottery workshop. When asked about how the idea of conducting workshops in a cafe was inspired, Saikiran, the curator from House of Gourmet, said, “When I visited Mumbai to meet my friend, we met at a cafe. There I saw that local artists were collaborating with the cafes to organise such workshops. So I got an idea, why can’t we start this at our place in Hyderabad? I found a few artists through Instagram. There are many unemployed artists in Hyderabad, so I thought why not conduct these workshops every week and give employment to these artists? The main reason for this is that no such workshops were being conducted in Hyderabad, so we started. Also, there were a few doctors who inspired me because therapeutic exercise like clay pottery was required for surgeons to prevent shivering of hands during surgery.” He further added, “The ambiance from the House of Gourmet and the artists are helping in giving good sessions, and we are getting repeat customers. Many of these customers are doctors.”

The cafe organised its first bento cake workshop, conducted by its head chef, Shalini. She said, “Since we opened, we didn’t find enough time to conduct workshops, so we conducted it now. Going forward, we want to do sourdough, pizza, everything, not just cakes. We are happy with the response. People who want to learn the basic techniques usually come. I usually love teaching, and seeing the first-timers learn and have fun makes me very happy.”

These workshops have allowed them to engage with new people and broaden their social network.
These workshops have allowed them to engage with new people and broaden their social network.Photo | Express

On the same day, the cafe also organised a pottery workshop in collaboration with artists from The Pottery Circle. Nazish Mirza, the founder of The Pottery Circle, said, “I started with doing workshops at my studio, but the response was not as nice as we can see right now at the cafes because, at the end of the day, people don’t just want to come and learn something; they also want to have a good ambiance and something to eat. There are very few people who come only to learn; most participants want to have a fun time and a good experience with their friends or family. The response that House of Gourmet has been receiving is amazing, and it is great for collaborating with.”

People partaking in both workshops have given positive responses regarding their experience. These workshops have allowed them to engage with new people and broaden their social network. Other cafes and restaurants that support and organise such arts and crafts workshops are F House, Xena Brewery, Makau, and Sobremesa.

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