Launched in February 2017 by Her Majesty the Queen at a reception at Buckingham palace, the year of culture will see an incredible programme of cultural events and activities organised by the British Council, together with the Indian High Commission in London, UK institutions and their Indian counterparts, with the aim to connect and inspire people to celebrate the long-standing relationship and vibrant cultural history.
On 14 October 2017, the British Council is organising a day of activities and engagement for schools across the country. Students and teachers will experience an action packed day of learning through a quiz competition, collaborative storytelling competition with visual art, and a photography competition. The participants will also be able to experience MixTheCity— an interactive music platform that draws users to explore the music of a particular region and create their unique music compositions that can be shared online. The ultimate aim of all these activities will be to capture the essence of UK—India partnership and collaboration across the period of 70 years. The event will help in enriching the knowledge of the participants about the culture of India and the UK and will help in making new friends by connecting over 200 people over the day and many thousands more through the social media platforms.
We are delighted to invite participation from schools to an exciting action-packed day of collaboration and creativity involving teachers and students of classes 6–12.
The day will have various competitions which will happen across the day in the British Council Delhi premise.
Competition 1: India-UK Cultural Quiz
The schools will get a unique opportunity to learn and share their knowledge about India—UK culture in the cultural quiz featuring the two countries. The participants will get to know about the history, culture, tradition, the prominent sportspersons and personalities, music, movies, business, brands, literature and more of the two countries.
- Number of participants: 2 students and 1 teacher from each school
- Classes: 9–12 (students can either be from the same class or from two different classes)
- Maximum number of registrations accepted: 35 schools
- Format: Written preliminary followed by final round with six top schools on stage
- Timings: 1130–1230 hours (preliminary round); 1400–1500 hours (final round)
Competition 2: Collaborative Story Writing (Saptan stories)
This one-of-a-kind competition which is a combination of writing as well as creative arts will not only highlight the creative side of the students and make their imaginations soar but by working with peers from other schools students will get the chance to develop the very important skill of communication and collaboration.
- Number of participants: One student per school; total seven students in a team.
- Classes: 6–8
- Maximum number of registrations accepted: 5 teams (i.e. 35 students)
- Format: There will be one theme of collaborative story writing. Each student will write a maximum of 50 words within a stipulated 5 minutes on the storyline (theme) or as a continuation of the previous story block. At the end of 35 minutes (5 minutes × 7 students), the story will be submitted. The team will be handed over a photocopy of the story and a blank canvas of 3ft × 2ft (where an artwork in the form of painting / collage will be created representing the written story). The team will be given 45 minutes for creating the artwork. All students will have to carry their own material for the artwork; like paint brushes, colours, etc.
- Timings: 1130–1215 hours (story writing round); 1400–1445 hours (creative artwork round)
Competition 3: Capture the moment (photography contest)
This is a photography competition which will capture the excitement and the UK—India theme of the entire day. This competition will have 2 themes and students can participate in both the themes. The 2 themes are Expressions and Shoot a Shelfie.
Expressions: The participants will go around the venue and click and capture any expression which catches their fancy and which they can relate to UK—India Year of Culture. They will need to upload the picture on Instagram and give a catchy caption to their click.
Shoot a Shelfie: The participants will shoot a selfie with a bookshelf as the backdrop inside the British Council library. They will need to upload the picture on Instagram with a short message on their favourite book in the library and why it is their favourite. Judgement will be based on the quality of the picture clicked and also on the uniqueness of the message.
- Number of participants: One student per school
- Classes: 6-12
- Maximum number of registrations accepted: 35 students on first come-first serve basis
- Format: There will be 2 themes for this: Expressions and Shoot a Shelfie. Students are free to submit entries on either one or both the themes. Multiple entries are allowed for this competition. All photos clicked need to be posted on Instagram tagging appropriate accounts and using pre-given hashtags. Students need to carry their phones to participate in this competition. The phones must be equipped with Internet facility. No internet/Wi-Fi connectivity will be provided by the British Council.
- Timings: 1130–1430 hours (for taking the picture and sharing it on Instagram), including lunchbreak
RULES AND REGULATIONS
- It is mandatory for all schools to register 5 participants; 4 students and 1 teacher as all competitions will happen simultaneously and the same student cannot take part in 2 competitions.
- Only one team per school can register for the event.
- Participation in all 3 competitions is mandatory for the school.
- The registration is on a first-come-first-serve basis and ONLY the first 35 schools to register and whose payment is received by the British Council will be confirmed as participants.
- Please note that British Council will not provide any travel or accommodation expenses. The participating school will have to bear their own costs.
- British Council will provide refreshments to all the participants.
- All participants of the photography competition need to have an Instagram account and need to bring their own mobile phone with internet connectivity to take part in the competition. Please note that British Council will not provide any Wi-Fi connectivity.
- British Council will provide the canvas (3ft*2ft) for competition 2 and participants will have to bring their own material (water colour, oil paint, poster colour, paint brush, etc) which they prefer to use for the artwork competition.
9. The winners will receive prizes and certificates. All participants will receive participation certificates.
REGISTRATION AND FEES
The registration fee of 1500 INR is to be paid in the form of a cheque/DD payable to British CounciL Division. The payment should reach us by 25 September 2017 or earlier. You can address it to Anindita Buragohain, 17 Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001.
The registration link for the competition is https://www.eventsforce.net/britishcouncil/1027/home
The deadline for registration is 22 September 2017. Please note that if we get 35 schools and their payments before this deadline, registration will be closed and no further entries will be entertained.