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A Festival of India in Australia

“Confluence: A Festival of India in Australia” will be four years old this year! To be held in November 2019, at multiple venues across Australia, supported by the High Commission of India in Australia and produced by pioneering arts and entertainment company Teamwork Arts and Australia-based Gandhi Creations, Confluence, in its fourth consecutive and milestone edition, will once again bring India and Australia closer in a bond which unites the arts with the deep ties of friendship.

Over the years, the festival has become a strong and resolute presence in Australia’s cultural calendar and has begun to closely engage with local Australian communities in both small towns and big cities along with the sizeable Indian diaspora. This year Confluence will travel to Western Australia (Perth, Mandurah), South Australia (Adelaide) & Queensland (Bundaberg).

The festival has partnered with iconic Australian festivals like JLF in Adelaide, the Oz Asia Festival in Adelaide, the Power of Peace Festival, and the Desert Song and Darwin Festivals, among others. The previous three chapters of the festival were received by audiences with great enthusiasm and were vibrant and eclectic depictions of India ranging across shows, themes and exhibitions. The festival has played a catalytic role in key community events within Australian towns bringing people together to celebrate a “Family Day” and even Diwali, India’s annual and traditional festival of lights.

The festival has partnered with iconic Australian festivals like JLF in Adelaide, the Oz Asia Festival in Adelaide, the Power of Peace Festival, and the Desert Song and Darwin Festivals, among others. The previous three chapters of the festival were received by audiences with great enthusiasm and were vibrant and eclectic depictions of India ranging across shows, themes and exhibitions. The festival has played a catalytic role in key community events within Australian towns bringing people together to celebrate a “Family Day” and even Diwali, India’s annual and traditional festival of lights.

 

Notes from Festival Director - Sanjoy K Roy

 

Confluence: The Festival of India in Australia is symbolic of the strong inter-cultural relations between India and Australia, and is a celebration of two vibrant cultures, their people and their common love for tradition, the arts and culture. 2018 will be the third year of the festival which will travel to Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Melbourne & Perth. This year, we return with a wide range of music concerts, yoga and meditation workshops, theatre performances and our popular Bollywood themed workshops. Adelaide will be the host city in Australia for our annual literature offering JLF: a celebration of the written word, bringing together a jamboree of writers and ideas. I would like to place on record our deepest appreciation to The High Commission of India in Australia, our partners Gandhi Creations, and our many performing artistes, speakers, and workshop leaders, who help create an amazing festival covering India’s classical and contemporary cultural diversity. I believe that the partnership between India and Australia is greatly enhanced by the work that we do, and it is a matter of immense personal pride to see our festival embody the spirit of this togetherness in so many ways. Here’s to many more years of this fantastic relationship and this amazing festival!

Gandhi Creations

There is a story behind every brand. Gandhi Creations tells the stories through their events. The experience of these events creates an impact that lasts a lifetime.

For nearly a decade, we have provided marketing, public relations and turnkey event management solutions to the public and private sector across the Asia-Pacific region.

Our value proposition is in the diversity space, having successfully delivered over 500 events under this banner. Over the year's we have also gained respect and trust of a number of high profile State Government departments, for whom we have produced a series of multi-stakeholder projects of national significance.

Working with leading industry brands, we seamlessly deliver and execute high impact events. Our client portfolio is very diverse and expertise is across awards programs, diversity & Inclusion initiatives, conferences, forums, festivals, fashion shows and networking galas.

Apart from our client events, we also direct three flagship projects, India Australia Business & Community Awards the only national platform that connects, engages and recognises the Australian Indian migrant’s journey, Confluence, Australia’s largest cultural festival, 7 cities, 72 shows and 91,500 footfall; and The Fashions of Multicultural Australia (FOMA) a first-ever national multicultural fashion show initiative that integrates cultures and foster social cohesion.

In 2017 we won the Australian Event Award for Best New Event in South Australia, ACT and Northern Territory. We also won the award in 2015 for Best New Event in NSW for our Corporate Cultural Diversity Programs as well as in 2013 in the Best Community Event Category for the Premier’s Harmony Dinner (The Australian Event Awards is the pinnacle awards program that rewards achievements across all segments of the events industry in Australia).

TEAMWORK ARTS

From Concept to curation, Design to Production

The arts of India are unrivalled in their depth, diversity and mystery and showcasing it to global audiences requires a deep understanding of our culture, an acute sense of relevance in programming and an unflinching attention to detail. Above all, we at Teamwork believe in love and respect for the artist.

Teamwork Arts is a highly versatile production company with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. Our expertise lies in the area of entertainment and includes documentary and feature films , television, the conceptualisation and development of contemporary performing and visual arts and literary festivals around the world, and in nurturing new talents across all art forms. For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers and visual artists in the cultural and art space in India and abroad.

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