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Bringing together some of their most popular bands, a specially crafted menu and plenty of retail and cultural buzz, the Christmas Festival at Opus is back with its biggest celebration yet. “This year being our tenth anniversary, we are bringing in the best who have played with us,” shares Carlton Braganza who owns the performance-centric hotspot. While music is the main focus of the festival, Christmas delicacies, flea market stalls and installations by popular artists, all find their spotlight in what Braganza terms ‘a feel good carnival’.

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All-star reunion
The first big performance is the gregarious Usha Uthup (December 18) known for her versatile repertoire and infectious humour. The rest of the week is all about rock and fusion with Pentagram (December 20) bringing the rock hits and Swarathma (December 21), their unique blend of Western rock and Indian classical.
The Raghu Dixit Project (December 23) will perform on Monday night. “We have always performed here to a packed house but this Monday night, we will literally test the love,” jokes bass guitarist Gaurav Vaz.

On the cards
One Nite Stand (December 24) will bring in Christmas with their foot-tapping rock ‘n’ roll favourites while the grand finale will have Braganza and Karan Joseph taking over the mic just like they did 10 years ago. “I feel that everyone should just camp-out there for 10 days because the entire festival is so exciting,” sums up Vaz.

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Xmas gourmet
Chef Daniel Selvaraj promises Christmas specials Opus-style. “The highlight of our Sunday brunch is the rotisserie and the suckling pig that we carve right in front of you. The special menu includes wild mushroom risotto, four cheese lasagna, pan-seared duck breast and for comfort food, southern-style crumb-fried chicken,” explains Selvaraj of the primarily European-inspired menu. Rs 300 upwards.

Festive gear
No Opus festival is complete without a flea market (December 20-22) and this one caters to the demands of the season. From Christmassy merchandise to apparel, accessories and even trinkets and gifting options, it promises to take care of all your last-minute shopping needs. Rs 200 upwards.

Creative jam
“We are very excited about the Wonderwall that we are bringing back,” says Braganza of the wall that showcases some of the city’s popular photographers while adding to the festival’s fun aesthetic. Also on the cards are a foosball tournament (December 16), a Wii console and The KF Hammer Game. “It’s basically an opportunity for everyone to get together and have some fun,” enthuses Braganza.

December 16-25. Rs 250 for entry. At Palace Cross Road. Details: 23442580

—Susanna Chandy

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