About India Wales
India Wales is a joint initiative between Wales Arts International and the British Council that supports artistic collaboration and exchange between creative professionals and arts organisations in Wales and India. India Wales supports the broader UK India Year of Culture 2017 but also extends beyond.
The 70th anniversary of Indian independence in 2017 offers an important opportunity for Wales and India to refresh and strengthen existing relationships, to create new dynamic connections through artistic expression and to develop opportunities for new creative collaborations.
Increasing the value of international cultural exchange to Wales; celebrating Wales’ culture in its diversity across language, creative expression and engagement; building lasting and meaningful relationships across the globe through the arts – these are at the heart of India Wales.
India Wales supports several projects, led by individual creative professionals and arts organisations from across Wales in collaboration with Indian partners, to develop and present work across many art forms connecting artists from across Wales with artists and audiences across India: from Bangor to Banglaore!
Alan Gemmell, Director India for the British Council has acknowledged the important role such artistic collaborations can play in building relationships between Wales and India.
Through our Year of Culture and India Wales we are doing three things: celebrating modern-day India’s relationship with Wales and the UK; connecting with young people in both countries and seeking to inspire them to build a relationship between India and Wales for the next 70 years. I hope we will also share the values of Wales with people in India creating new friendships and partnerships that stand us in good stead for the next 70 years
Projects we are supporting
We are supporting a rich and diverse portfolio of projects that bring together leading artists and arts organisations from India and Wales. The programme features multiple art forms: theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, music and applied arts and craft.
Many projects include high-profile public performances and live and digital showcases. Others are working directly with communities through workshops and touring. The programme began in early 2017 and will continue into 2018.
They are all exciting and innovative collaborations that open up creative dialogue and reach new audiences in both countries.
Programme of projects: