A massive Festival of India in Australia spanning for a period of almost three months  will be held in seven cities of Australia starting on Monday 15 August, with India’s 70th Independence Day celebrations.

Sangam or Confluence Festival of India in Australia is the most significant showcase of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia at popular venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Alice Springs.

The national media launch of the festival was held on Tuesday 26 July at the Maritime Museum in Sydney with over two hundred guests in attendance, including media and government representatives from both countries.

Mr Navdeep Suri, the High Commissioner of India in Australia explained the focus of the festival on collaboration,  “Sangam or Confluence represents a meeting point – of arts and artists, of ideas and ideals, of cultures and civilisations like the waters of two rivers, they meet, share and imbibe from each other.

One of the festival’s key components, fostering bilateral ties, with joint performances and collaborations between Indian and Australian artists and thinkers was addressed by Paul Myler, Assistant Secretary, India & Indian Ocean Branch, DFAT on the night.

The highlights of the festival will include theatre performed through life-sized puppets, an Indian take on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Piya Behrupiya, Borderless Gandhi, an exhibition on the philosophy of Gandhi of equality, nonviolence and peace, A concert of combined Sufi and Gospel music, cricket connect, yoga and cartoon workshops.

A local Sydney entry, Adakar Theatre production Wedding Album, a contemporary Indian play in English  to be screened on 3 September at NIDA Theatre, Kensington has also been included as part of the Festival.

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