India-Wales season
India-Wales season  ©

British Council

About India-Wales season 

Two research trips took place in early Spring 2016, with Welsh artists, theatre directors and other creatives visiting several cities and meeting with Indian artists and organisations. Wales Arts Review editor, Gary Raymond, accompanied one of the trips and his Blog gives a taste of working in India.

Projects we are supporting 

The projects being supported are a rich and diverse portfolio that will bring together leading artists and arts organisations from India and Wales. The programme will feature multiple art forms - theatre, dance, visual arts, literature, music and applied arts and craft. 

Many projects will feature high-profile public performances and live and digital showcases. Others will work directly with communities through workshops and touring. The programme will take place throughout 2017 and 2018. 

Programme of projects 

Cardiff Dance Festival (Wales) and Basement 21 (India)


Interruption is a collaborative project by Cardiff Dance Festival and Basement 21 bringing together individual dance artists from India and Wales in a series of public residencies in Cardiff and performances at Cardiff Dance Festival 2017.

Chapter Arts/ Coreo Cymru (Wales) and The Danceworx (India)


Liminality will bring together Wales’ Coreo Cymru and 4pi Productions and Danceworx India to create a new 360° Fulldome dance film. It will involve a cast of over 40 dancers from India and Wales and will be filmed in coastal and urban locations in both countries.

Ffotogallery (Wales) and NAZAR foundation (India)


Dreamtigers is a major new #IndiaWales and UK-India 2017 project which brings Ffotogallery together with the Nazar Foundation/Delhi Photo Festival. The project is a collaboration between artists and cultural professionals from India and Wales around the making and presentation of new work that reflects how creativity, technology and a renewed sense of national identity are shaping the lives of future generations in a globalised society.

Following on from the UK premiere of Kanu’s Gandhi  and as part of  Ffotogallery’s biannual Diffusion Festival, A Million Mutinies Later- India at 70 is a lens based exhibition featuring 14 contemporary Indian artists working in a variety of media.

Dreamtigers will continue with a reciprocal exhibition in New Delhi later in the year and a residency programme.

You can view the short film about the making of the exhibition in the window above. 

Jessica Mathews/ g39 (Wales) and Cona (India)

The Rejoinders

The Rejoinders is a research project between Wales and India that will bring together artists from many creative practices to develop a series of events and residencies and to create a digital platform for long distance collaboration and dialogue. 

Khamira (Wales/ India)

Khamira tour

An ongoing collaboration between Welsh band Burum and three leading Indian musicians, Khamira weaves Jazz, Welsh folk melodies and Indian Classical. Working with India based agency, Gatecrash, the band will undertake an extensive tour in India and Wales. 

Literature Across Frontiers (Wales) and various (India)

Poetry Connections

Addressing the broad theme of independence, Wales based Literature Across Frontiers will work with a range of festivals, writers, publishers and translators across India and Wales to develop a series of collaborative exchange residencies, live performances and workshops with young people. 

Living Pictures (Wales) and QTP Entertainment (India)

Diary of A Madman

In partnership with QTP Entertainment, Living Pictures will tour their production of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman across India and will develop a new show based on Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens following workshops with Indian and Welsh performers.

National Theatre Wales and Junoon Theatre (India)


Sisters will be a brand new, contemporary work, co-created by National Theatre Wales and India’s Junoon Theatre, imagined by a group of artists from Wales and India whose cultural roots and histories are intrinsically linked.  

Parthian Books (Wales) and Bee Books (India)

The Valley, The City, The Village

Publishers Parthian Books and Bee Books will develop The Valley, The City, The Village, a collaborative project between Welsh and Bengali writers. Engaging six writers from both countries in a series of residencies and live performances, the project will result in a trilingual publication of new writing in Bengali, English and Welsh.

Theatre Iolo (Wales) and ThinkArts (India)

Theatre for Early Years and Babies

Kolkata based ThinkArts and Wales’ Theatr Iolo will partner to present Sarah Argent’s production for babies, Out Of the Blue, across India. They will also develop a new interactive visual exhibition and bring together artists from both countries to share skills and create new work aimed at early years audiences.  

Winding Snake Productions (Wales) and various (India)

Rangoli: the art that binds

Winding Snake Productions will partner with artists in India and Wales to explore the importance of art within our changing social environment. The artform of Rangoli will provide the focus for a project connecting female community and youth groups in both countries and will culminate in an animated film. 

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