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ARThink South Asia 2018

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

This edition brought together fifteen Fellows based out of Delhi NCR, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Darjeeling, and Guwahati in India, Islamabad, Lahore, and Gulmit Gojal in Pakistan, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Kabul in Afghanistan, Isfahan and Tehran in Iran, and Mount Lavinia in Sri Lanka. In accordance with ARThinkSouthAsia’s imaginative vision that is geared towards capacity-building, these cultural practitioners were trained by experts in the essential managerial skills of fundraising, digital marketing, human resources, and strategic planning. Some of the institutions in whose establishment and operations the 2018-19 Fellows have played key roles are: the 60 Second International Film Festival that strives to involve young people in film-making that addresses socio-political issues; the Islamabad-based dramatics group Theatre Wallay that has undertaken various performing tours across nations and cultures; the heritage museum under the banner of NIMHANS that is dedicated to raising awareness about mental health and developing creative forms of engagement with the behavioural sciences in India; the Dharavi Art Room that aims to bridge the equity and access gaps in the arts and culture sector; the Bulbulik Heritage Centre Gulmit that aims to preserve the endangered heritage of Wakhi/Pamiran folk music in Pakistan; the Dhaka-based theatre company Prachnyanat that works at the intersection of popular theatre and activism; the pioneering Ziro Festival of Music in Arunachal Pradesh that promotes cultural exchange through music and ethical tourism in the North East; Otaghkar in Tehran that functions as a platform for independent music along with other cultural events and also hosted its own festival ‘Bazshenid’ in 2017; the innovative augmented reality start-up TripMyWay that works within the domain of heritage conservation; the Uronto Artist Community in Dhaka that aims to archive cultural heritage through multidisciplinary creative practice; the travelling Va Independent Space based out of Isfahan that fosters collaborations between artists, curators, and various cultural practitioners through residencies, workshops, and a host of other programmes; the Dhenuki Cinema Project which is a film-based outreach and education initiative spanning rural and urban India; the biennial Dance Bridges Festival that showcases contemporary choreography on an international platform, etc.

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

This event is part of ARThinkSouthAsia

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