Here are some of the projects coming up for the India/UK Together Season of Culture. Details of how you can take part will be available soon.

Theme 1: Reimagining festivals for the future 

Delhi to Derry: Together in Sound 

boxout.fm and Celtronic Festival team up to conduct a multi-pronged artistic and musical exchange between Indian and British electronic music artists, bringing Indian artists to the UK to perform at Celtronic Festival and select showcases, and bringing Northern Irish artists to India for live performances and workshops in September 2022. 

July 2022 (Derry - Northern Ireland)

September 2022 (New Delhi - India)

 

Ziro Focus Metaverse

Lose yourself in a virtual world of music as Ziro Festival of Music (India) and Focus Wales (North Wales) take you through an intriguing experience of NFTs and VR against scenic India-UK backgrounds.
May 2022 (Wrexham, Wales and London, Nottingham, England)
September 2022 (Ziro, Imphal/Guwahati - India)
Also available online.

Communities of Choice

Allow your imagination to transport you to a thought-provoking world of visual arts, literature, music and podcasts. Chennai Photo Biennale Foundation (India) and Ffotogallery (Wales) join hands to explore themes of nationality and identity with their photography exhibition.
January 2022 (Chennai - India and Cardiff - Wales)
Also available online.

Future Fantastic

Witness a unique festival built on AI formats that enables wider participation in the debate around gender opportunities and the climate emergency. Collaboration between BeFantastic, a platform incubated by Jaaga LLP (India) and FutureEverything (UK) that supports and promotes women leaders in CreaTech.
March 2023 (Bengaluru - India and Manchester - England)
Also available online.

Govandi Arts Festival

A festival that brings together diverse communities through sustained creative interventions and a celebration of arts and culture that thrives in marginalised neighbourhoods. Brought to you by Community Design Agency (India), Streets

Reimagined (UK) and Lamplighter Arts CIC (UK).
February 2023 (Mumbai - India and Bristol - England)
Also available online.

Rhythm Xchange

Enjoy vocal percussion traditions including beatboxing and konnakol during this musical extravaganza curated by The Indian Music Experience (India) and Manchester Museum (UK) to promote music understanding across India/ UK borders.
March 2023 (Bengaluru - India)
Also available online.

Theme 2: The global opportunity of India’s multilingual literature

Language is a queer thing

Collaboration between Verve Poetry Festival (UK) and The Queer Muslim Project (India) that explores the relationship between language and queerness through a poetry exchange between India and the UK. Experience a contemporary take on the art of poetry by LGBTQIA+ writers.
September 2022 (Birmingham, England)
December 2022 to February 2023 (New Delhi - India)
Also available online and broadcast.

PEN Translates 

A project by English PEN to support Indian literature in translation and develop infrastructure for translators working with UK publishers. The project will enable Indian UK publishers to acquire more work in translation writing from India and showcase writers from across India including Dalit writers for promotion at festivals in India and the UK.
December 2022 - February 2023
Available online.

International Publishing Fellowship 2022

Collaboration between British Council and the ArtX Company, the Fellowship is a peer-to-peer mentoring and professional development programme where publishers from the UK will be matched with publishers of similar career stage and publishing interests from India. It will be a year-long programme consisting of reciprocal study trips, featuring masterclasses, networking opportunities and professional updating.
September 2022 (UK)
January 2023 (India)
Also available online.

Write Assamese 

A collaboration between Bee Books (India) and Untold (UK) to promote Indian literature in translation. The project focuses on new, unpublished Assamese writers and those writing in Assamese in Northeast India. A unique project that aims to carve out a space for consistent, quality translations emerging from Assam to generate new fiction for international audiences.
January 2023 (India)

Theme 3: Science, arts and heritage in times of change

Antibodies

Join us for the ride to a 24-hour relay of performances and sessions on Live Art and an eye-catching exhibition of drawings as HH Art Spaces (India) and The Tetley (UK) bring together a range of cultural practitioners to reconsider the body and the border. March 2023 (Goa - India)
Also available online.

Wasteland – A Journey

Witness the craft of theatre makers Sanjoy Ganguly, Jenny Sealey and Tim Wheeler, as they create a touring theatre performance enriching disability arts. Inspired by TS Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’, Jana Sanskriti Theatre (India) and Graeae (UK) collaborate to explore the possibilities of theatre among the D/deaf, disabled and neurodivergent.
December 2022 (Kolkata, Sundarbans, Purulia - India)
Also available online

 

Future Flow 

Be part of an exhibition that reflects on the 19th and 20th century industrial journey from Castle Mills between India and Scotland and a potential evolution of that relationship through the eyes of young fellows and artists from both regions. Brought to you by Flow India and Edinburgh Printmakers (UK).
Feb-March (India)

Vaccines: Injecting Hope 

Experience first-hand the global challenges in the process of developing new vaccines at pandemic speed in response to Covid-19. See the unique display by artists from India and the UK – across arts, heritage, education, and science innovation. Culminating in a touring exhibition between 2022 and 2025, this display is brought to you through a partnership between National Council for Science Museums (India) and Science Museum Group (UK).
November 2022 (New Delhi, Nagpur, Mumbai, Bangaluru, Kolkata - India)

Young Minds For a Compassionate World

A platform for young people to join the climate conversation, which leverages nature and wildlife photography to communicate their voices, worries, and dreams on a global scale. Brought to you by Victoria Memorial Hall (India) and Natural History Museum (UK) November 2022 (Kolkata-India)
Also available online.

Elsewhere in India: Experiments in Transmedia Storytelling 

Experience a transmedia storytelling project from the UK  and India that focuses on history and cultural preservation, as Antariksha Studio (India) and Crossover Labs (UK) collaborate to create groundbreaking performances.
December 2022 (Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Rajasthan - India and the UK)
Also available online.

Early Photography and Archaeology in Western India

Make the time for an exhibition of selected early photographs and objects related to India’s rich archaeological heritage. This collaboration between CSMVS Mumbai (India) and The British Library (UK) establishes new links between the past, present, and future.
November 2022 (Mumbai, India)
Also available online.

Theme 4: India and the UK working together in the creative economy

Creative Economy Roundtable at India Global Forum

Focussed on influencing policy through research and dialogue involving stakeholders and decision-makers from India and the UK, this is a collaboration between India Global Forum (IGF), Nehru Centre and British Council.
June 2022

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