Saturday 11 June 2022 3:00 AM UTC
KOLKATTA June 10: British Council, the UK’s International organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations, on Wednesday announced the India/UK Together Season of Culture, a celebration of the long-standing relationship between the two countries, marking 75 years of India’s independence.
The event was officially launched by Barbara Wickham, Director India, British Council from the iconic British Council building – a vibrant cultural epicentre in the heart of the national capital.
The Season of Culture aims to build on the British Council’s work in India and strengthen India-UK collaboration in Arts, English and Education.
This exclusive programme launches in both countries on 7 June 2022 and continues until March 2023
It would enable collaborations between emerging artists and arts organisations from both nations, acting as a platform for greater artistic exchange, global opportunities and exposure.
The season collaborations across art forms will foster creative expression and will be distinguished by the use of digital innovation in the arts.
In addition to mesmerising the audiences through art, the thought-provoking collaborations will also have inclusion and diversity principles deeply embedded.
Over 1,400 artists would showcase their collaborations to millions of audiences across India, Britain, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, through a wide array or arts such as theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, music, architecture, design, fashion, tech-art, and new media art.
Famed Indian singer-composer A.R. Rahman, would be as the ambassador for the event.
Wickham said: “People in both countries will have the chance to experience innovative and exciting creative work from some of the most promising UK and Indian artists pushing the envelope of creativity and the infusion of creative tech.”
Speaking on the association with the Season of Culture, Amish Tripathi, Minister (Culture), Indian High Commission, UK & Director, Nehru Centre, London, said, “With a burgeoning economic relationship, closely aligned governments, and a living bridge in terms of the Indian diaspora in the UK, the sky is the limit for the partnership between India and the UK”. The Nehru Centre London is a partner in the initiative.
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