Festival MessageBy 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 organized in the months of September-October 2017 across five major Australian cities.
“Confluence” essentially celebrates the vitality, credibility, and soft power of the culture of India, 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, and among the best creativity emerging in present-day India.
Indian cultural manifestations, drawing sustenance from its epic history, have emerged with their vibrant interpretation 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 cultural impresarios to give effect and depth to the varied interpretations of the cultural repository that is India. The liberating forces of globalization 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 & 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 to the vital people-to-people bonds of trust and faith, which underwrite the growing interaction between Australia and India.
The Indian Council For Cultural Relations (ICCR) was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent Indiaâ€™s first education minister. Its objectives are to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to Indiaâ€™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.
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 Ministryâ€™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 Indiaâ€™s Allocation of Business Rules.
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. 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 worldâ€™s largest free literary gatherings, the annual Jaipur Literature Festival, the Ishara International Puppet FestivalÂ in New Delhi, the annualÂ 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 Artsâ€™ musical extravaganza,Â Bollywood Love Story â€“ A Musical, continues to tour the world and has had sold out shows in Austria, Germany, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Switzerland.
Gandhi CreationsMulticultural 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 Premierâ€™s Harmony Dinner that brought together 163 cultures.