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ARThink South Asia 2016

ARThinkSouthAsia is a management, policy, and research programme in the arts and culture sector. Initiated in 2010, the programme is dedicated to founding and supporting a cadre of arts managers committed to the cause of capacity building in the South Asian region, encompassing Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

About this edition

The seventh edition of ARThinkSouthAsia brought together fifteen cultural practitioners and arts managers from Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Goa, and Bengaluru in India, Kathmandu in Nepal, Jaffna in Sri Lanka, Kabul in Afghanistan, Lahore in Pakistan, and Tehran in Iran. In accordance with the programme’s overarching vision that is geared towards capacity-building, these Fellows were trained by experts in the essential managerial skills of fundraising, digital marketing, human resources, and strategic planning. This coming together of participants from a wide array of socio-cultural milieux resulted in a rewarding coalescence of various creative and professional interests that is very much in alignment with the goals of ATSA as an inclusive intervention in the ethos of South Asian arts and culture. A few of the initiatives that have been taken up by the 2016-17 Fellows, in the capacity of founders, directors, or coordinators, are: the collective Mumbai Potters, whose members are ceramic artists; the Kathmandu-based not-for-profit Theatre Village that aims to redefine dramatic practice in Nepal; the Pakistan International Mountain Film Festival whose goals are geared towards the cultivation and revival of independent film-making; the Mumbai-based collective Keli that focusses on performing arts traditions in India; PIYAR (Pakistan Institute for Youth, Artists, and Research) that works towards social integration by way of arts and culture; the project PeykArt spread across the cities of Tehran, Isfahan, and Shiraz, that visibilises artistic endeavours in Iran and helps shape lasting networks among creative practitioners; the independent space Sitara Studio in Mumbai that hosts a range of cultural events; the Oral History Project within the Citizens Archive of Pakistan and pioneering advocacy groups such as Girls at Dhabas; the Aagaz Theatre Trust based out of the Nizamuddin Basti in Delhi that aims to incorporate theatre within educational models to encourage dialogue on social issues; the Bengaluru-based Sandbox Collective that strives to expand opportunities and platforms for artists and arts managers in India, etc.

To read the biographies of the ARThinkSouthAsia 2016-17 Fellows and Faculty, please visit this site.

This event is part of ARThinkSouthAsia

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