British Council’s – Festivals for the Future – launched in 2019 in India. A new three-year arts programme, focused to support the long-term development, economic empowerment, and systemic change of India’s emerging festivals sector.
The programme addresses these ambitions by working with festival practitioners, leaders, artists and stakeholders by providing access to skills development and training, connecting a wide-ranging network of festivals, and supporting a platform for discuss and the exchanges of ideas that will enable growth to the Indian festival sector. The programme has two primary strands Festivals Academy and Festival Connections.
Festival Connections – An Annual Programme of Expertise, Knowledge, and Networking between India and the UK – is a series of thematic hub events linked to Festivals for the Future and the Festivals Academy, across British Council areas in India.
In response to sector need and demand, Festival Connections brings senior managers, artists, and a variety of stakeholders together to exchange, discuss, and share issues relevant to the festival sector, as an informal mechanism for learning, skills and capacity development. Alongside the Festivals Academy, these public events form a flexible, responsive model to enable India and UK festivals and specialists across the eco-system to exchange and share expertise.