In January 2019, four Welsh artists and arts organisations travel to Kolkata, often referred to as the culture capital of India, to present their work in theatre, dance and literature.
The projects will present work at prestigious festivals in the city, undertake workshops with local schools, students and arts professionals and speak on panels and deliver lectures alongside leading Indian culture professionals.
Wales in Kolkata, the season of Welsh arts activity and collaboration, is supported by the British Council and Wales Arts International - details of the programme can be found below. This festival is a result of the relationships and networks formed by the 2017-18 India Wales season, a major programme of artistic collaboration between Wales and India, which has paved the way for lasting international cultural networks between the two countries.
Dafydd Elis-Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport & Tourism said: “I am pleased to see the cultural links between Wales and India continue to strengthen, particularly on the back of all the fantastic work that occurred as part of the Wales/India Season of 2017-18, and Wales being the featured nation at this year’s Kerala Literature Festival. Once again the best of Welsh culture will be on display for Indian audiences to experience, and I wish all participants a successful Festival.”
Debanjan Chakrabarti, director British Council East and Northeast India, says he hopes the visit will continue to widen and deepen links between Wales and the vital North East region of India: “Through our work in arts we aim to inspire and excite people and make sustainable connections in the UK and India. The four organisations from Wales and their Indian partners have had the opportunity to work closely over the last two years with support from the British Council and Wales Arts International. In January 2019 we are delighted to welcome the Welsh contingent to Kolkata and hope they will make deeper and wider links in East and Northeast India.”