Rani Marin jamming with Gareth Bonello in Pahambir during the Khasi-Cymru Collective.  ©

Gareth Bonello

India-Wales digital festival: connections through culture

Building on the success of the India Wales Programme in 2017/18 British Council Wales and India in partnership with Wales Arts International launched a new grants scheme named Connections Through Culture: India Wales which was announced by First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, and British Council Chairman Stevie Spring at the Diwali celebration in Cardiff in 2019. Five Connections Through Culture Grants were awarded to partnerships made up of artists and arts organisations from India and Wales.

As the world struggles to cope with Covid-19, the 2019 Connections Through Culture grantees quickly changed their plans and shifted much of their planned project activity online. To honour their determination and spirit we decided to create an online event, the India-Wales digital festival: connections through culture. 

There will be a series of online events including panel discussions with visual artists, musicians, textile artists, writers, theatre makers, art leaders, and choreographers who will be discussing the body of collaborative work developed between Wales and India over recent years. 

The events will take place over a two-week period to coincide with the Diwali celebrations in India and Wales. The first event is on Thursday 12 November and the final event is on Monday 23 November 2020.

The festival is free and open to all. To register to attend one or more of the events, please click the registration button above or below. 

Festival schedule  

Launch event in partnership with Welsh Government Digital Diwali #DiwaliCymru
Collaborations in literature
Thursday 12 November 2020: 10.00 (GMT) 15.30 (IST)
Duration: 1 hour 
Introduction by Barbara Wickham OBE, Director British Council India. This event will explore the many recent India-Wales collaborations in literature. It will be chaired by Clare Reddington, British Council Trustee and CEO of the Watershed in Bristol. As part of the event, we will launch Wales based Parthian Books’ Modern Bengali Poetry anthology which celebrates over one hundred years of poetry from the two Bengals - the Eastern Indian state and the country of Bangladesh - represented by over fifty different poets and a multitude of forms and styles, selected and translated by Arunava Sinha.

Arts leadership through Covid-19 in India and Wales 
Tuesday 17 November 2020: 14.00 (GMT) 19.30 (IST)
Duration: 1 hour 
As arts and creative industry sectors in India and Wales start to recover from the global pandemic, hear from arts leaders in India and Wales on how collective action and resilience are enabling and encouraging the sectors to imagine a new future for the arts. Chaired by Rashmi Dhanwani, Founder Director, The Art X Company.  

Collaborations in visual arts
Thursday 19 November 2020: 14.00 (GMT) 19.30 (IST)
Duration: 1 hour 
Journey through shared cultural narratives in the visual arts. Collaborations across borders and cultures in India and Wales. Chaired by Karen McKinnon, curator at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, in South Wales. 

Collaborations in music
Saturday 21 November 2020: 12.30 (GMT) 18.00 (IST)
Duration: 1 hour 
Exploring Indo-Welsh music collaborations with festival producers and partners across borders, genders and digital landscapes. Chaired by Tom Sweet, Music Programme Manager at the British Council. 

Collaborations in craft
Sunday 22 November 2020: 9.30 (GMT) 15.00 (IST)
Duration: 1 hour 
An insight into craft collaborations across borders with personal accounts from artisans in India and Wales.

Collaborations in theatre and dance
Monday 23 November 2020: 14.00 (GMT) 19.30 (IST)
Duration: 1 hour 
An opportunity to explore some of the many and varied collaborations in India and Wales across theatre and dance. Chaired by Rebecca Gould, Head of Arts in Wales at the British Council 

For more information about the festival, please email us  

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