FROM THE DESK OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONERH. E. Dr. A.M. Gondane - High Commissioner of India in Australia
I cannot hide my enthusiasm for the second edition of “Confluence - the Festival of India” to be organised in the months of September-October, 2017 across seven major Australian cities.
Confluence essentially celebrates the vitality, credibility and the “soft power” of India’s culture, as passed down from one generation to another through an organic and live process. It is a credible effort to offer, to the discerning and appreciative audience in Australia, from among the best creativity emerging in present-day India.
Indian cultural manifestations, drawing sustenance from its epic history, have emerged with their vibrant interpretations in various forms of creative and performing arts, literature, and oral storytelling and like pearls in the eternal necklace of time, maintained cultural continuity. Each generation brought in refinements to the arts - suitable to its genius and objective conditions. Scientific developments in contemporary times have been well blended by the cultural impresarios to give effect and depth to the varied interpretations of the cultural repository - that is India. The liberating forces of globalisation have dispersed art and artefacts, crafts and compositions, textiles, and tastes, far and wide, which earlier had remained confined.
Confluence, incorporating the dynamism and vitality of the Indian subcontinent, manifesting in its science and technology, trade and commerce, education, and sports, would attempt to merge Australian aesthetics with Indian cultural efflorescence in Australia and, I am sure, leave a deep imprint on the audience here. I hope the spirit of the Festival will transcend into the vital people-to-people bonds of trust and faith, which underwrite the growing interaction between Australia and India.
FROM THE DESK OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONERH. E. Harinder Sidhu - High Commissioner of Australia in India
The Indian diaspora in Australia contributes to the richness of Australian society, across all fields—business, science and medicine, education, arts and culture and sports. The festival of India in Australia, a showcase of India’s cultural diversity through music, dance, theatre, and films, is a wonderful opportunity to share our cultural traditions with each other. It is a platform to collaborate, share knowledge, and build stronger partnerships for the future.
FROM THE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S DESKSanjoy Roy - Managing Director, Teamwork Arts Pvt Ltd
The inaugural edition of “Confluence: A Festival of India” last year was truly a coming together of two cultures with an artistic extravaganza covering the gamut of India’s cultural diversity, both classical and contemporary. The Festival covered 7 cities over 86 days, involving 162 performers, garnering 91,500 footfalls in 71 events across 39 iconic venues.
In 2017, we will present a diverse range of performances and shows straddling the classical, the folk, the contemporary in dance, music, theatre, cinema, literature, and puppetry.
Cultural diplomacy is essentially the strengthening of bilateral relationships between two nations through collaborative artistic bonds and mutual appreciation of cultural mores, and through Confluence, we hope to reinforce the everlasting Indo-Australian partnership through the invigorating canvas of the arts.
Teamwork ArtsFrom 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.
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.
Every year, we produce 25 performing, visual arts and literary festivals in 11 countries . We also produce the world's largest free literary gatherings, the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, the Ishara International Puppet Festival, the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) amongst many others.
Gandhi CreationsEvents, Marketing and Public Relations
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 over 10 years, Gandhi Creations has provided marketing, public relations and turnkey event management solutions to the public and private sector across the Asia- Pacific region. Their expertise is across award programmes, festivals, diversity days, conferences and gala dinners . Their client portfolio is very diverse, many of whom are recognised industry leaders and global brands.
Their value proposition is in the cultural diversity space, having successfully delivered over 500 events under this banner. Over the years they have also gained the respect and trust of a number of high profile State Government departments, for whom they have produced a series of multi-stakeholder projects of national significance. Their flagship event, India Australia Business & Community Awards is the only national platform that connects, engages and recognises the Australian Indian migrant's journey. In 2013 and 2015 they won the Australian Event Award of the Year for Best New Event of NSW for their Cultural Diversity Programs and Best Community Event for the Premier's Harmony Dinner