The first ever IPDC presents FogHorn: An Unbound Art Episode was held on January 5 and 6, 2018, at the Sports Complex Lounge of Chittagong Club Limited. It was a much-awaited event where artists, musicians along with storytellers came under one platform in the beautiful port city, Chittagong.
Inaugurated by the Chief Guest Al Sadat Dubash, Vice Chairman of Chittagong Club Limited and Managing Director of Saracen International Limited, the episode was also honoured by Special Guest Anirban Sarkar, Chittagong Branch Manager, IPDC Finance Limited. Other members of Chittagong Club were present as well.
Sanjida Tanny, the initiator of FogHorn, has a few words to add, “FogHorn has successfully called out aspiring talents in its first episode. With the amazing response that we have received from the crowd, we hope the next episode will be even better.”
FogHorn celebrated art and culture. A total of 45 artworks by 10 pre-eminent artists were used to decorate the exhibition hall. The collection mostly consisted of contemporary art pieces, along with traditional. The participating artists were Anika, Adhara, Fairooz, Hlubaishu, Maruf, Riyad, Ruthba, Sharmin, Sifatul and Yafiz.
What made FogHorn different was that, it brought together artists who are not institutionalised. The event aimed to connect art and culture with the mass residing in Chittagong. FogHorn successfully earned a chunk of visitors who enjoyed the showcase along with cultural performances that took place in the form of music and poetry. When one of the artists, Sifatul Alam, is asked about his experience, he replies, “To me, Foghorn is more than just an exhibition. It is an invitation of people thinking alike, but, in different patterns. It has helped us explore each other's' ideas and concepts, inspired from different dimensions of thoughts.”
On the second day of the event, there were live performances and storytelling sessions from 5 PM in the evening. The performers of the cultural part were Russel, Hema, Tahmeed, Fairooz, Shubho, and Rushnaf. Rash-ha, Taiara, and Sanjida mesmerised the audience with their storytelling skills. Also, open mic performances were included in the event, which unleashed a few young talents amongst the crowd.
IPDC Finance was the Title Sponsor of FogHorn. Also, Rupchanda patroned as the Supported By, Radio Foorti 88.0 FM as Radio Partner, Star Youth as Youth Engagement Partner and ICE Today as Strategic Partner. The organising team represents a variety of concerns including The Mothership, Studio 6/6, Dhyan, Studio Baklava, and Contentier. The team, with all their variety, intends to introduce a version 2 of FogHorn, including a bigger mass of Chittagong.