High Commissioner launches India-UK Year of Culture 2017 Summer

HE Y K Sinha, High Commissioner of India to the UK. Image copyright of Lopa Patel.

H.E Y K Sinha, High Commissioner of India to the UK, launched the Summer Season of the India-UK Year of Culture at a reception hosted at India House on Thursday 6th July 2017. Forthcoming Summer events include India @ Edinburgh, which will showcase the fascinating and timeless appeal of Indian theatre, dance and music at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and in some of the most popular venues on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Officially launched by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace on 27th February 2017, the UK India Year of Culture is a celebration of the long-standing relationship between the UK and India which will see cultural events, exhibitions and activities taking place in both countries throughout 2017. It follows the joint announcement in 2015 by Prime Minister Modi and then-Prime Minister David Cameron of a bilateral initiative to mark cultural ties between the UK and India; as well as Prime Minister Theresa May’s visit to India in November 2016, which further strengthened the relationship between the two countries.

The India@UK2017 programme blends artistic traditions from the UK with a wide spectrum of Indian cultural and literary traditions across multiple venues in the UK and is jointly organised by the Indian High Commission, the Ministry of Culture, the British Council and Indian festival producer Teamwork Arts, along with a range of cultural organisations, venues and artists.

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About the British Council

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we reach over 20 million people face-to-face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Eighteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.

About UK/India 2017

UK/India2017 is a year-long celebration of the long-standing relationship between India and the UK, which will see a vast programme of cultural exchange and activity take place in cities across both countries. Working with a huge number of partners and institutions, the British Council is developing a programme of cultural activity which will connect and inspire people in both countries; and strengthen and celebrate the UK and India’s cultural ties.

For more information on UK/India 2017 please visit www.britishcouncil.in

About India@UK2017

India@UK2017 is a year-long celebration of the long-standing relationship and deep cultural ties between India and the UK. This will include programmes celebrating India’s heritage and contemporary culture, the 70th anniversary of India’s Independence and will blend artistic traditions from the UK with a wide spectrum of Indian cultural and literary traditions across multiple venues in the UK. India@UK2017, organised by the Indian High Commission, the Ministry of Culture, and Indian festival producer Teamwork Arts, in association with the Globe Theatre, British Library, Young Vic, Birmingham Rep, Barbican Centre, Sadler’s Wells, Tramway, Edinburgh Festival Theatre, and the Royal Festival Hall, will present five iconic strands in the UK to showcase the cultural diversity of India through the year.

For more information on India@UK2017 please visit www.hcilondon.in

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