17 October 2018
A diverse array of Victorian creative talent is set to feature as part of the 2018/2019 Festival of Australia in India.
Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), Polyglot, Short Black Opera, jazz act Haitus Kaiyote, dancer Priya Srinivasan, and authors Leigh Hobbs and Meredith Costain will participate in the event, which runs from this month until March 2019.
As part of the program, MICF will tour local comedians to Bangalore, Mumbai and Delhi, while Hiatus Kaiyote performs at major music festivals in Goa and Pune.
Polyglot will tour its roaming work ‘Ants’ to Kolkata and Chennai, while Short Black Opera stages shows in Delhi and Mumbai. Hobbs and Costain will appear at literature festivals in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, Kolkata and Chennai.
In a major cross-cultural project, Priya Srinivasan is working with Indigenous communities in Australia and India to develop a new work involving storytelling, dance and music, which will be presented in Puducherry, Kanchipuram, Chennai and Guwahati.
Other Victorian content in the Festival of Australia in India includes exhibitions by photographer John Gollings and visual artist Brook Andrew, and concerts by the Australian World Orchestra in Chennai, Kochi and Mumbai.
Victoria’s prominence in the Festival reflects the importance of relations between Victoria and India, which are embedded in Victoria’s India Strategy: Our Shared Future, launched by the state government in early 2018.
Support for the Festival is part of Creative Victoria’s commitment to international engagement and working in partnership with Commonwealth agencies.