The Answers You Need
GATHERINGS DURING THE PANDEMIC: WHAT HAS CHANGED?
WHAT’S NEW FOR THE HOSTS?
We’re only looking at commercial spaces for now, for safety reasons. The space will only have 50% occupancy, and 25 people max. The concept of “secret location” is temporarily discontinued. In exchange for the two hours rented for gatherings, we will be promoting you and your space.
WHAT’S MY JOB ROLE AS A VOLUNTEER?
You simply have to bring your cool vibe, and help the host in setting up the lights and seating arrangement before the gathering. Then, all you have to make sure is that the show runs smoothly. We would highly recommend to attend the gathering as a guest first and then apply to volunteer so that you’re able to understand everything :)
WHAT’S NEW FOR THE ARTISTS?
Nothing, really. Everything will function in the same way as always. For more artist-related queries, refer to our artists-related FAQs below.
WHAT ABOUT POTLUCK?
Potluck will have to be temporarily discontinued as well, as it might be a little unsafe.
WHY HAS THE GATHERINGS’ DURATION BEEN REDUCED?
Without potluck, a 3-hour gathering can make people hungry. We have reduced it to two hours so that people can go eat before or after the gathering.
WILL WALK-INS BE ALLOWED?
Just like before, walk-ins will not be allowed. Booking are to be done online as usual.
I’VE APPLIED AS A HOST/ VOLUNTEER/ ARTIST. WHAT NOW?
Make sure you’ve updated your profile with all necessary details. Sit tight, we will get back to you as soon as we see an available slot.
ABOUT MOTOJOJO GATHERINGS
WHAT ARE MOTOJOJO GATHERINGS? HOW SAFE ARE THEY?
Our gatherings are unlike any other gatherings in the whole of India. They were created to bring the best things of this world- art, music, stories, conversations, and good food- all under one roof. This is done through our normal gatherings, Ghumakkadi Kalakaar gatherings, and Kitchen Gatherings. A maximum of 30 people can attend a gathering.
All these gatherings are 100% safe. We’ve NEVER had a single complaint of any inappropriate or creepy behaviour either before, during, or after the gathering.
WHERE ARE MOTOJOJO GATHERINGS HOSTED?
Our gatherings are hosted in the warm, safe space of someone’s private property like homes, dance studios, meditation and yoga centers, etc. We NEVER go for commercial spaces because an intimate, homely, and warm vibe matters to us.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A MOTOJOJO GATHERING?
Travel storytelling, poetry, and original indie music over delicious food and interesting conversations with 25-30 strangers!
WHAT IS THE TIMING?
7:30-10:30 pm. But sometimes it can stretch out till 11/11:30 pm as well, which is why it is important to be punctual so that the event can start and end timely.
IS IT OKAY IF I REACH BY 8?
The timing for arrival of the attendees is between 7:30-8:00pm. No one is allowed after 8 PM. We appreciate punctuality because that way everyone gets to be present for the introductions, break the ice and get to know each other.
WHY DON'T WE HOST GATHERINGS IN A CAFE?
Motojojo gatherings are an intimate affair and cafes don’t really serve that purpose.
WHAT KIND OF PLACES ARE WE LOOKING AT FOR THE GATHERINGS?
Houses, dance studios, meditation centers, coworking spaces- basically non-commercial properties that give off an intimate and welcoming vibe.
WHY IS IT A SECRET LOCATION? WHY DO YOU KEEP IT A SECRET?
‘Cuz it’s more fun that way! Imagine you knew all about which artists will be performing and where. No surprise, no mystery. We like to do it differently.
ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS? ARE KIDS ALLOWED?
There are no restrictions as such but a few things that you need to be aware of:
For kids aged below 6: We have a Pay What You Feel system. If the baby cries or is getting difficult to handle, please take them outside. We recognize this might be inconvenient but we do not want that the artist or the people listening to them are disturbed. As such, only bring young kids if you feel they are able to comfortably adapt to new settings.
For kids between 6-12 years: Pay 50% of the original cost. No running around or playing is allowed. They have to sit down and listen as well. If you bring them without paying for their spot, the Community Lead at the gathering will collect the amount.
Those aged 12 and up: full cost and general adulthood decorum expected. We only take online registrations for them.
I AM COMING ALONE. HOW SAFE FOR AN ALONE WOMAN?
It is completely safe. You need not worry. The gathering is warm and friendly and there are lots of college-going girls, married women, office-goers in the crowd. You’ll strike up a conversation with at least one of them.
WHERE CAN I REGISTER FOR THE GATHERING?
– You can either directly do it from the gatherings section.
– Or if you coming through Instagram, then follow the link in our bio.
HOW WILL I RECEIVE THE DETAILS ONCE I BOOK?
When you book, you receive a payment confirmation email from the payment gateway and then from us. The email with the address is sent out 12 hours before the gathering. So keep a constant check on all your email folders. It will also contain a link to an optional WhatsApp group where you can be added for coordination purposes and to know other attendees beforehand.
If you’ve registered with 12 hours or less remaining for the gathering, then you receive the address email and WhatsApp invite immediately.
WHAT IS POTLUCK?
Potluck is our attempt to infuse even more community feels within the gatherings. People bring food and drinks from their homes and create a feast in real-time through their contributions! This also frees up the host from the responsibility of feeding 30 hungry people. They can make whatever arrangements they wish on their end while getting the chance to enjoy the evening.
WHAT CAN I BRING FOR POTLUCK?
Anything from homemade delicacies to take-away dishes! Each gathering has quite a hungry lot. :’)
IS POTLUCK COMPULSORY?
No, it is a personal choice. Bringing and sharing food only enhances the sense of community. So, if you want to be an active part of it, bring some and share some. You might turn out to be our next host for a kitchen gathering.
WILL DINNER BE PROVIDED?
There is a potluck system wherein attendees bring food and drinks themselves. It’s said a lot can happen over a cup of coffee, but we believe that a lot can happen over scrumptious, mouth-watering food as well.
IS ALCOHOL ALLOWED?
Alcohol isn’t usually allowed at gatherings. The final call is taken by the host.
WHAT IF THE LOCATION IS FAR FROM MY PLACE?
You can ask on the WhatsApp group if anyone is coming from the same or a nearby area and travel with them.
WHY AREN'T WALKINS ALLOWED? WHY NOT EVEN FOR THE ONES WHO HAVE ATTENDED BEFORE?
The guest list is curated to maintain the quality of each gathering. Another reason for not allowing walk-ins is that the gathering is held at someone’s private property. We cannot have any random person showing up and compromising the safety and quality.
RULES AND REGULATIONS DURING THE GATHERING?
There is no rule book as such (a bunch non-conformists and rule-breakers created Motojojo after all) but we expect all attendees to adhere by the following things:
– Reach on time.
– Paying 100% attention to the artists while they perform. They come from different cities sometimes (especially the
Ghumakkadi Kalakaar). Being totally present and receptive to their art is the least we can do.
– Not bringing alcohol or smoking if the host has disallowed it.
– Walk-ins are not allowed AT ALL.
– No hovering or making a nuisance around the property.
WHAT ARE KITCHEN GATHERINGS?
While our Motojojo gatherings and Ghummakadi Kalakaar gatherings are centered around stories, music, and poetry, the Kitchen Gatherings are centered around food. A group of 20 people max gather in a house where the host is also the chef. The chef prepares delicious food for all while an indie musician mesmerizes everyone with their soulful renditions. In short: good food, music, and interesting conversations in an aesthetic setting.
HOW DO I HOST A KG? WHAT IS THE CRITERIA?
The most important criteria is that you should be able to cook for and comfortably seat around 10-20 people. The remaining details are explained on the call once you are finalized as the host.
IS IT SUITABLE FOR VEGETARIANS?
WILL I GET NON VEGETARIAN FOOD?
Depends on the host
I HAVE REGISTERED FOR THE GATHERING, WANTED TO KNOW IF MY SPOT IS CONFIRMED.
You’ll receive an email from the payment gateway system and one from us as well. Check all folders- inbox, spam, promotions, social, etc. It’ll be sure to land there.
To maintain the quality of each gathering.
GHUMMAKADI KALAKAAR GATHERING
WHAT IS A GHUMMAKADI KALAKAAR?
Ghummakadi Kalakaar is India’s first crowd-funded artist touring initiative. With GK, our aim is to allow the cross-pollination of music to happen all over India. Moreover, we wanted to provide a dedicated platform to indie musicians who don’t have one because Bollywood songs dominate in this country. These musicians, however, create some of the most honest, heartwarming, and soulful music in the country. With Ghumakkadi Kalakaar, we want to give these musicians the platform they deserve and allow you the chance to be touched by their music as well.
WHY IS THE COST DIFFERENT?
Ghumakaddi Kalakaar is a crowd funded initiative. Meaning, the money that you pay to attend the gatherings is used to cover the travel, logistics, stay, and food of the artist. The artist doesn’t spend a dime on these things until they choose to or enough funds haven’t been gathered. By keeping the costs higher than the normal gatherings, we aim to ensure that the touring artist doesn’t have to worry about money and can focus on playing music and spreading joy wherever they go!
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GHUMMAKADI KALAAKAR AND OTHER GATHERINGS?
There is a touring indie artist- the Ghummakadi Kalaakar- who can be from any part of the country and closes the gathering. Theirs is the main act. An instrumentalist opens for the Ghummakadi Kalakaar. Often times, there will be a duo of musicians or a musician accompanied by a storyteller/ poet.
WHAT IS THE CRITERIA FOR AN ARTIST TO GO ON TOUR WITH YOU GUYS AS A GHUMMAKADI KALAKAAR?
– Should have performed at Motojojo previously
– Should be ready to bear any costs if they arise during the tour. It is possible that s/he might not receive the appropriate amount
of crowdfunding. We’ll bear the major costs but back up funds should be there.
– Should have a unique feel to their music and outrightly recognizable musical talent. We know that this is a subjective matter and thus, we evaluate this on the basis of our audience’s indicated tastes.
IS THERE ANY SPECIAL BOOKING PROCESS FOR THE GHUMMAKADI KALAAKAR GATHERING?
Nope. You follow the usual procedures. Only the amount is higher.
WHAT IS MOTOJOJO TRAVEL?
Motojojo Travel is our attempt to bring more people out of their homes and hit the road! And not just taking the road to any generic location for a generic holiday. Our travel experiences are curated to little-known and off-beat destinations where you get to indulge your senses and spirit in experiences you could not have imagined.
Ever heard of an ice-climbing festival? A photography masterclass to capture snow leopards? Rock climbing adventures? We provide all this and more! Explore here.
WHAT ARE THE TRIP DESTINATIONS?
As of now, we offer both pre-curated and customized trips to Himachal Pradesh. The founders got the idea for Motojojo while on a trip there. So not only is it a special place for them but they know the area and its people as well.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE TRIPS?
From as little as 2 days to as long as 10 days or more, you can choose a trip that suits your calendar. Remember, we also offer customized trips whose length can be long/ short as you wish.
WHAT IS THE REFUND PROCESS?
The refund policy for fixed dated trips is mentioned on the same page with details. However, it does not apply on any of our camps or customised trips.
WHEN WILL I HEAR BACK?
If your application is successful, you will hear from us in 1-2 weeks. Due to the number of applications we receive, and depending on the city, this process may take longer. If you don’t hear from us, the chances are that your application hasn’t been approved.
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