Open House Exhibition gets Kochi Residents excited for "EnteKochi"
The Folklore Theatre at Fort Kochi has become a new centre of attraction for city enthusiasts and tourists. The ongoing open house exhibition, which is focused around Kochi Municipal Corporation's much anticipated ”EnteKochi" campaign, has seen a great turn out, achieving its prime objective of encouraging public participation and creating awareness amongst the citizens of Kochi. Shiny Mathew, the standing committee chairman of the Kochi Municipal Corporation inaugurated the exhibition on the 8th of March, 2019.
"We need to save the soul of Kochi, it is the Queen of Kerala. The residents of Kochi want to help the city get better in any way we can. Social media is a powerful tool and the residents of Kochi would go to any limit to make this the best city in the world.” - Pratyush, Journalist, Kochi
The exhibition is open for visitors from 10:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m on Monday through to Saturday. It has no entry chargers and visitors can come and have a tour of the entire process, including the activities/ participatory tools on display. Since EnteKochi's opening day, the Folklore Theatre has had hundreds of visitors from all over the city, as well many international and domestic tourists. Visitors have found the exhibition space to be an innovative and important tool, which involves the common public in the process of urban development and social well-being.
“This is altogether a new experience for us. The common people are rarely given a chance to get involved in the development process of any city. The people of Kochi are really excited about participating in this process. We wish the campaign the very best of luck.” - Local resident, Fort Kochi.
EnteKochi is a participatory planning process by the Kochi Municipal Corporation, jointly designed and implemented together with GIZ, and supported by international consultants Urbanista and Urbz. The campaign invites local residents of Kochi to participate in various upcoming events, including neighbourhood workshops, children's workshops, and a design sprint.
The Folklore Theatre has had more than 3500 visitors since the inaugural day. This number is likely to go up with the upcoming events mentioned above. The campaign ends with the final Symposium at Town Hall, Ernakulum. The specifications of all the upcoming events will soon be available on this website.
We humbly encourage and request the citizens of Kochi to come and participate in the upcoming events and help us make Kochi a better place.
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