Virkein Dhar


Virkein is a creative producer and experience designer. Having worked across sectors (architecture & design, arts & culture, social impact) for the past decade, she has developed a practice that is rooted in curiosity, collaboration and strategic action. She leads Poppy Seed Lab, an inter-disciplinary creative studio that experiments with space, art, design, performance and programme-making through immersive storytelling, research and curation. The lab crafts narratives that bring together unlikely agents and stories, facilitate cultural encounters in urban spaces, and explore creative futures in India. In the past, she was part of the founding team at OddBird Theatre, led IGNITE! Dance Festival, designed and developed programmes for the UnBox Festival and SPACE10-Copenhagen, besides practicing as an independent dancer. An alumna of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, Virkein is currently a fellow at the School of International Futures, as a special awardee of the Next Generation Foresight Practitioners Award 2020.