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Festival Message

By Navdeep Suri - High Commissioner of India in Australia
Friends It gives me great pleasure to invite you all to CONFLUENCE, A Festival of India in Australia from August to November 2016. The Festival was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his historic visit to Australia in November 2014. Working closely with India’s Ministry of Culture and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and in association with the Australia’s Department of Communications and the Arts, we have chosen some of the finest elements from the rich tapestry of Indian culture and civilization for our friends in Australia. Over a twelve week period, lovers of culture and entertainment in Adelaide, Alice Springs Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney will have the opportunity to savour an extraordinary range of performances. They will see the virtuosity of Nrityagram and Kalakshetra deemed as among the best dance companies in the world present the classical Odissi and Bharatanatyam dance forms; they will be mesmerized by the life sized puppets by contemporary puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee in Transposition; they will sway to Raghu Dixit’s unique mix of world music; they will soak in the spell-binding words and music of Sonam Kalra’s Sufi Gospel Project; and they will join Bollywood flash mobs and dance workshops at some of Australia’s most iconic locations; and they will want more. And so we will offer a rib-tickling Indian take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, seasoned with an exhibition of political cartoons by India Today’s Ajit Ninan. He will converse with David Pope, Mark Knight and other Aussie counterparts about the unusual hazards of political humour even as our more serious friends engage with renowned architect Bijoy Jain who will set up the MPavilion in Melbourne. Or reflect on Vibhor Soghani’s installation ‘Mahatma in Me’ ; or indeed attend the conference Yoga: Science of Infinite Possibilities which will juxtapose ancient Indian wisdom with the latest medical research. But can we have a conversation between India and Australia without even a passing reference to bat and ball? I think not! Cricket Connections is a multimedia narration of that unique thread that binds us like no other. From the Opera House in Sydney to Federation Square in Melbourne, from QPAC in Brisbane to the Festival Centre in Adelaide, from the Old Parliament in Canberra to the Concert Hall in Perth, the Festival of India will enthrall audiences, foster collaborations between our artists and create cultural bonds like never before. It will also provide a boost to tourism and to the art precincts in these cities. The ambition and scale of the Festival reflects the importance that India and Australia attach to a dynamic and vibrant relationship. The generous financial and other support from the Government of India, from Australia’s Department of Communications and Art and from some of the leading Indian and Australian corporates also reflects the shared interest in transforming this relationship, in taking it to the next level. I look forward to seeing you at the Festival. With best wishes

Manika Jain

Consulate General
Consulate General of India(Melbourne)

Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi had promised the people of Australia a great cultural festival from India. And now, we finally bring

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Consulate General
Consulate General of India(Sydney)

Confluence-Festival of India in Australia, the best of what India has to offer in the cultural space is coming to town to enthrall the vibrant cities

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Amit Kumar Mishra

Consulate General
Consulate General of India (Perth)

It gives me immense pleasure to invite you to be a part of “Confluence, A Festival of India in Australia”, which will be hosted in major c

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Archana Singh

Honorary Consul

The three 'C's ­ Cricket, Curry and the Commonwealth, have for many years provided an excellent platform for the India­ Australia dialogue. And

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Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield

Minister for the Arts
Australian Government

On behalf of the Australian Government I congratulate the Government of India for delivering the most significant showcase of India’s arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia.

Confluence: Festival of India in Australia highlights the strong ties between India and Australia and will deepen the longstanding relationship between our two countries.

The Australian Government is pleased to be a major sponsor of this festival which gives Australians unique access to India’s contemporary arts and culture. I hope that the festival will also result in long-lasting collaborations between Indian and Australian artists.

I encourage you to look through the program for events in your community and wish the festival every success as it unfolds over the coming weeks in cities across Australia.

Ministry of Culture

Government of India

Culture plays an important role in the development agenda of any nation. It represents a set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices. Culture and creativity manifest themselves in almost all economic, social and other activities. A country as diverse as India is symbolized by the plurality of its culture. The mandate of the Ministry of Culture revolves around the functions like preservation and conservation of our cultural heritage and promotion of all forms of art and culture, both tangible and intangible. The Ministry’s task is to develop and sustain ways and means through which the creative and aesthetic sensibilities of the people remain active and dynamic. The functional spectrum of this Ministry is wide, ranging from generating cultural awareness at grassroots level to promoting cultural exchanges at international level. In order to achieve these objectives, the Ministry undertakes various activities that flow from subjects allocated under the Govt. of India’s Allocation of Business Rules.


Indian Council for Cultural Relations

The Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR) was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first education minister. Its objectives are to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations; to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries; to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people; and to develop relations with nations.

Teamwork Arts

From Concept to Curation, And 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. For over 25 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India. In countries such as Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK and USA, Teamwork produces over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals across more than 40 cities. Teamwork Arts produces one of the world’s largest free literary gatherings, the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, the Ishara International Puppet Festival in New Delhi, the annual Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) and Festival, international festivals Shared History in South Africa, Eye on India in the United States of America, India by the Bay in Hong Kong, the Indo Africa Summit in Delhi and many more.

Teamwork Arts’ musical extravaganza, Bollywood Love Story – A Musical, continues to tour the world and has had sold out shows in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland.


Gandhi Creations

Multicultural Marketing & Events

With over 10 years of experience in live communications and turnkey event management solutions in the public and private sector across the Asia-Pacific region, Gandhi Creations annual calendar of client events consists of awards program, festivals, diversity days, conferences and gala dinners. Their client portfolio is very diverse, many of whom are recognised industry leaders and global brands. The value proposition with Gandhi Creations is in the cultural diversity space, having successfully delivered over 500 events under this banner. Their flagship event, India Australia Business & Community Awards is a national platform that connects, engages and recognises the Australian Indian migrant journey. Gandhi Creations has also won the Australian Event Award of the Year in 2013 and again in 2015 (The Australian Event Awards is the pinnacle awards program that rewards achievements across all segments of the events industry in Australia) Best New Event of NSW in 2015 for their Cultural Diversity Programs and Best Community Event in 2013 for the Premier’s Harmony Dinner that brought together 163 cultures.