UK/ India Year of Culture 2017
Cultural relations between India and Wales are longstanding. The UK/India Year of Culture 2017 presents an exciting opportunity to build on existing and create new relationships through the arts. As part of the partnership between Arts Council Wales/Wales Arts International and the British Council, we launched a joint fund to support new collaborative arts projects between India and Wales.
Research and Development
Two research trips took place in early Spring 2016, with Welsh artists, theatre directors and other creatives visiting several cities and meeting with Indian artists and organisations. Wales Arts Review editor, Gary Raymond, accompanied one of the trips and his blog gives a taste of working in India.
Projects we are supporting
We are delighted to announce the projects we are supporting; it’s a rich and diverse portfolio of high-profile projects that will bring together leading artists and arts organisations from India and Wales. The programme will feature multiple art forms - theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, music and applied arts and craft.
Many of the projects will feature high-profile public performances and live and digital showcases. Others will work directly with communities through workshops and touring. The projects will take place throughout 2017 and 2018.
What we want to achieve
This is an important opportunity for Wales and India to refresh existing relationships, to create new connections and to develop opportunities for new creative collaborations.
Programme of projects:
Cardiff Dance Festival (WALES) and Basement 21 (INDIA)
Interruption is a collaborative project by Cardiff Dance Festival and Basement 21 bringing together individual dance artists from India and Wales in a series of public residencies in Cardiff and performances at Cardiff Dance Festival 2017
Chapter Arts/Coreo Cymru (WALES) and The Danceworx (INDIA)
Liminality will bring together Wales’ Coreo Cymru and 4pi Productions and Danceworx India to create a new 360° Fulldome dance film. It will involve a cast of over 40 dancers from India and Wales and will be filmed in coastal and urban locations in both countries.
Ffotogallery (WALES) and Nazar Foundation (INDIA)
Wanderlust is a year long project during which Ffotogallery and the Nazar Foundation/Delhi Photo Festival will collaborate across a series of photographic residencies and curations. New work will be presented on an online platform and will feature in each partner organisation’s respective photography festivals in 2017: Diffusion and Delhi Photography Festival,
Jess Mathews and Melissa Hinkin (WALES) and CONA Foundation (INDIA)
The Rejoinders is a research network between Wales and India, exploring collaborative process, the visual arts and ‘in-between’ spaces. It will bring together artists from many creative practices to develop a series of events and residencies, and to create a digital platform for long distance exchange and dialogue.
In collaboration with Shreyas Karle and Hemali Bhuta, Ranjit Hoskote, Nancy Adajania, Hetain Patel, Dr Jonathan Prior, Amanda Colbourne, Per Törnberg and Paul Goodfield, g39 (Wales), and University of Worcester.
An ongoing collaboration between Welsh band Burum and three leading Indian musicians, Khamira weaves Jazz, Welsh folk melodies and Indian Classical. Working with India based agency, Gatecrash, the band will undertake an extensive tour in India and Wales.
Literature Across Frontiers (WALES) and various (INDIA)
Addressing the broad theme of independence, Wales based Literature Across Frontiers will work with a range of festivals, writers, publishers and translators across India and Wales to develop a series of collaborative exchange residencies, live performances and workshops with young people.
Living Pictures (WALES) and QTP Entertainment (INDIA)
Diary of A Madman
In partnership with QTP Entertainment, Living Pictures will tour their production of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman across India and will develop a new show based on Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens following workshops with Indian and Welsh performers.
National Theatre Wales (WALES) and Junoon Theatre (INDIA)
Sisters will be a brand new, contemporary work, co-created by National Theatre Wales and India’s Junoon Theatre, imagined by a group of artists from Wales and India whose cultural roots and histories are intrinsically linked.
Parthian Books (WALES) and Bee Books (INDIA)
The Valley, The City, The Village
Publishers Parthian Books and Bee Books will develop The Valley, The City, The Village, a collaborative project between Welsh and Bengali writers. Engaging six writers from both countries in a series of residencies and live performances, the project will result in a trilingual publication of new writing in Bengali, English and Welsh.
Theatr Iolo (WALES) and ThinkArts (INDIA)
Theatre for Early Years and Babies
Kolkata based ThinkArts and Wales’ Theatr Iolo will partner to present Sarah Argent’s production for babies, Out Of the Blue, across India. They will also develop a new interactive visual exhibition and bring together artists from both countries to share skills and create new work aimed at early years audiences.
Winding Snake Productions (WALES) and various (INDIA)
Rangoli: the art that binds
Winding Snake Productions will partner with artists in India and Wales to explore the importance of art within our changing social environment. The artform of Rangoli will provide the focus for a project connecting female community and youth groups in both countries and will culminate in an animated film.