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Silk River India Press Launch Today!

Silk River India Press Launch Today!

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Silk River India Press Launch Today!

British Council India hosted the press interaction in Kolkata today, where the Silk River team explained the project and how it’s using placemaking to encourage community cohesion, teach skills, explore local history and promote health.

The press event was well attended and the team had a busy time speaking to all those who were eager to tell the story of this amazing tale.  This is an exemplary project showing how arts, led by local people, can bring together cross disciplinary partners with a shared goal and wide-reaching mutual benefits.  More about the project is below.

Read the full press release here

Silk River India

In December 2017, a twelve-day performative walk will take place alongside the river Hooghly, India, from from Azimganj, Murshidabad to Batanagar, Kolkata. On boat and by foot, participants will engage with contemporary artists, historians, writers and musicians, and participate in curated events comprising of talks, workshops and film screenings. More details about the India walk can be found here:

Kevin Rushby, an eminent travel journalist for The Guardian will join the walk and write a daily blog – see his posts from the Silk River UK walk here:

The Silk River India Walk will begin on 6th Dec 2017, jointly with the Murshidabad Heritage Festival at the historic location of Azimganj. The next two days will see an international community gathering together to discover and explore the rich heritage of the region through walks, seminars and cultural programmes.

The journey from 8th to 10th Dec will be an opportunity for artistic exchange using Silk River as a case study. The salon on 8th will be led by Ali Pretty, artistic director Silk River and independent cultural producer Elizabeth Lynch and Korak Ghosh, artistic director Silk River India and Ruchira Das Silk River India project director. Indian artists are invited to this exchange with 15 visiting artists from the UK, as they travel from Krishnanagar to Chandannagar.

Silk River will culminate on the 16th Dec 2017, with a closing event in association with the Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata, where the scrolls will be exhibited and a mela with entertainment provided by There will be an exhibition of the 20 scrolls in the Central Hall of Victoria Memorial Hall from 19 Dec.

Silk River in India has been brought together by Kinetika, UK and partners in India – ThinkArts, Murshidabad Heritage Development Society, Rural Crafts Hubs of West Bengal, Crafts Council of India West Bengal, Jungle Crows, West Bengal Tourism, Future Hope. It is supported by Arts Council England and British Council.

Download the flyer here, or read it below.

High res version:  Silk River India Walk Flyer 

Low res version:   Silk River India Walk Flyer low res

More info on the India walks can be found on our website HERE.

Silk River India Walk Flyer 

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