Confluence: Festival of India in Australia (153AIC grants 2016)

3 November 2016

Sector: Arts and Culture
Country location: Australia
Grantee: Gandhi Creations Pty Ltd

Confluence: Festival  of India in Australia - Two countries, two cultures, seven cities: one festival
Confluence: Festival of India in Australia - Two countries, two cultures, seven cities: one festival (Credit: Confluence: Festival of India in Australia)

Project Description

Confluence: Festival of India in Australia is the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia and takes place in seven cities across the country.

Announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Australia in November 2014, the festival takes place over twelve weeks from August to November, showcasing rich and diverse dance, music, theatre and visual arts from India. It includes conferences and workshops that share insights into traditional and contemporary Indian culture and its confluence with Australia’s curious and congenial populace. 

A key component of the festival is collaboration with Australian artists, such as a joint performance by the Indian spiritual music group Sonam Kalra & The Sufi Gospel Project and Australian musician Ashlee Clement along with a didgeridoo player. Renowned Indian cartoonist Ajit Ninan will discuss political humour with counterparts like David Pope and Mark Knight.  

“Confluence represents a meeting point - of arts and artistes, of ideas and ideals, of cultures and civilisations. Like the waters of two rivers, they meet, share and imbibe from each other. That's the focus of our festival, of the collaborations that it strives to promote.” said Navdeep Suri, the High Commissioner of India in Australia.

Key dates

  • Bollywood Workshop, Sydney – Sydney Opera House, 10 September 2016
  • Gala event - Festival teaser, Sydney – Sydney Opera House, 18 September 2016
  • Gala event, Melbourne - Elizabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre, 21 September 2016
  • Gala event, Brisbane -  20 September 2016
  • Gala event, Canberra - Old Parliament House, 22 September 2016
  • Gala event, Pre-Raghu Dixit Concert, Adelaide - OzAsia festival grounds, Elder Park, 22 September 2016
  • Gala event, Pre Raghu Dixit Concert, Perth Concert Hall, 26 September 2016
  • Impromptu Gala, Sydney - 05 November 2016
  • Gala and closing event, Canberra - Playhouse, Canberra Theatre, 08 November 2016

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Australia-India Council grant offer: $50,000.00

Total project value: $2,000,000.00

Last Updated: 3 November 2016