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Kochi: Nearly five lakh people have visited the ongoing third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB) since it got underway three months ago on December 12, 2016 – living up to the event’s reputation as the biggest celebration of contemporary art in South Asia.

The figure takes into account both ticketed and non-ticketed entries to the 12 Biennale venues as well as the strong crowds seen at the special programmes – including talks, film screenings, music and dance performances – taking place on the sidelines of the main exhibition. With the next few weeks featuring a stellar line-up of exciting events and experiences, KMB 2016 is on pace to be the best attended edition of India’s only Biennale yet.

The Biennale’s ‘Free Entry Monday’ policy continues to see strong crowds throng the venues at the start of the workweek. Two Mondays, December 26 and January 2, brought in record one-day turnouts of 20,000 and 25,000 visitors respectively. Attendance on Mondays has been steady even in the post-vacation period – with weekends posting robust figures.