An annual programme of expertise, knowledge, and networking between India and the UK
British Council India’s Festival Connections series addresses India’s vibrant cultural festival sector. As a part of the organisation’s activities in the arts, the programme aims to support festival teams through upskilling workshops, peer sharing sessions, and opportunities to connect with the national network of Indian festival managers. From August 2019 to March 2020, 12 sessions across Mumbai, Bengaluru, Delhi & Kolkata will explore myriad aspects of the management of a cultural festival through the experience of festival veterans, emerging talent, and creative professionals from the industry.
The Revolving Door: Diversity & Inclusion in Indian Arts Festivals : 22 November 2019, Cowrks Residency Road, in association with ACRI and Bengaluru By Design Cultural festivals are created to showcase, celebrate and represent the diversity of our art, culture, values, and people. So the question is… how diverse and inclusive are we being while planning and executing these festivals? Is diversity and inclusion just a tickbox for India’s culture sector? We believe otherwise.
We believe that diversity and inclusion are critical frameworks for the cultural representation of a 21st century India and for the future of our country. Research says that it is more important than ever. Diversity fosters creativity and innovation. Inclusion allows us to leverage the full potential of human achievement. So using this lens, we ask of the Festivals of India: how can you be more inclusive?
Join industry experts and co-learners from the festivals sector as they discuss and debate inclusive festivals, and how we can work together to support the development of measures in all festivals in the country.
These sessions are aimed at professionals working on cultural festivals, either full-time or on a project basis. This session also welcomes agencies, freelance consultants, and professionals offering specialised services to festival teams. The session will be followed by a networking mixer for cultural professionals.