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UK-India Week 2022 opens in London with creative industries focus

By Anuj Cariappa
Google Oneindia News

Creative Industry & Cultural Economy Seminar kick-starts high-powered sessions with Senior Ministers, Policymakers and Disruptors at India Global Forum Summit in London

London/New Delhi, Jun 27: Day One of UK-India Week 2022, organised by the UK-headquartered India Global Forum (IGF), kicked off today with a creative session reflecting this year's theme of Reimagine@75 - a celebration of 75 years of UK-India relations.

The highlights of the opening seminar in London, "Creative Industries and Cultural Economy", included a range of discussions, in-depth conversations and a screening associated with British Council's 'India/UK Together Season of Culture', marking the 75th anniversary of India's Independence.

UK-India Week 2022 opens in London with creative industries focus

Prof. Manoj Ladwa, Founder and CEO of IGF, said: "While we naturally focus on 75 years of India's Independence, it is also an opportune moment to celebrate 75 years of a modern, vibrant and increasingly forward-looking relationship between the UK and India.

"At the core of this relationship lies our deep and varied cultural ties. They are in many ways the real heartbeat of this winning partnership. I am therefore thrilled that we commence UK-India Week 2022 with a Seminar focussed on the multitude of opportunities in the cultural arena."

Exploring themes such as UK-India Together: Opportunities for Collaboration Within Creative Industries, Building Sustainable Communities and Public-Private Partnerships in the Cultural Sector, the seminar hosted at the Nehru Centre in London brought together leading voices and experts active within the UK-India cultural sphere.

During a conversation with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) President Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, Sanjeev Sanyal, Economic Advisor, Government of India, said,"Our history may be shared but the experience and memory may not be shared. When we use the word shared values, from an Indian perspective we would like to arrive at them through conversation. "It is important to look at things from a 21st century perspective, using technology"

Sunil Kant Munjal, Chairman and Founder, Serendipity Arts Foundation said People are the only asset we have that appreciates with time. Culture has the amazing ability to absorb and a magical quality. Hence it's important to constantly adapt.

''India has the richest heritage to offer the world. It is important to ensure our arts and crafts can stand the test of time. "The message for all our companies is the same: try to be fair to all the people, all the time and build scale with impact."

Amish Tripathi, Director, Nehru Centre, said,"There are already relatively strong cultural bonds between the UK and India. Movies, books, performing arts, and various other creative industries in both countries have successfully built this. The Indian diaspora in the UK, a living bridge between our two countries, has also played a sterling role.''

"But I believe that we have only scratched the surface in our partnership. India has a continental scale market, and a deep diversity and unmatched traditions in its cultural products as the only pre-bronze age civilisation that is still alive. The UK on the other hand, is at the heart of the Anglosphere that dominates the cultural scenario in the modern world. India and the UK together, could create a cultural paradigm that could deeply and positively impact the entire world for decades to come" he added.

Rebecca Simor, Director, Festivals and Seasons, British Council, said,"The British Council really wants to support collaboration in the creative industries between our two countries as we celebrate 75 years of India's Independence".

The UK-India Week is organised by IGF annually as a celebration of the myriad facets of this important bilateral relationship. The 2022 edition (27 June to 1 July) comes packed with a high-powered agenda, covering trade and economic exchanges, climate action, healthcare, technology, innovation and much more.

The Programme for UK-India Week 2022 is here.

Some of the high-profile speakers confirmed over the course of the week include:

  • Rishi Sunak, Chancellor of the Exchequer, UK Government
  • Dr S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs, Government of India
  • Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, UK Government
  • Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
  • Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Government of India
  • Bhupender Yadav, Minister of Labour & Employment, Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India
  • Dr Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State for Skill Development, Entrepreneurship, Electronics and IT, Government of India
  • Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of State for External Affairs of India
  • Alok Sharma, President, COP 26

The full list of speakers is here.

About India Global Forum (IGF)

IGF - brought to you by London-headquartered India Inc. Group - is the agenda-setting forum for international business and global leaders. It offers a selection of platforms that international corporates and policymakers can leverage to interact with stakeholders in their sectors and geographies of strategic importance. Our platforms range from large global events to invite-only, intimate conversations and analysis, interviews and thought leadership through our media assets.

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