Mandurah to host A Festival of India

Writing WA chief executive Sharon Flindell, Teamwork Arts international festivals director Ankur
Bwadwaj, Indian Consul General Amit Kumar Mishra, Mayor Rhys Williams and Mandurah Performing
Arts Centre general manager Guy Boyce.
Writing WA chief executive Sharon Flindell, Teamwork Arts international festivals director Ankur Bwadwaj, Indian Consul General Amit Kumar Mishra, Mayor Rhys Williams and Mandurah Performing Arts Centre general manager Guy Boyce.

WA will host a significant cultural festival in November, thanks to a partnership between Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, India’s Teamwork Arts, and Writing WA.

Confluence: A Festival of India in Australia aims to bind the two countries in a rich and collaborative tapestry of the arts.

Although Confluence has been held in other Australian cities since it was first established in 2016, it will be its first time in Mandurah and will have an expanded program to include literature, film, theatre and dance.

As part of Confluence 2019, which will be held across multiple locations from November 1 to 10, Mandurah will host Words on Water on November 6 and 7 featuring yoga and Bollywood dance workshops, film screenings and a writers’ dialogue inspired by the Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s largest literary festival, which attracts nearly half a million book lovers to the Indian city of Jaipur each year.

Confluence is presented by Indian entertainment company Teamwork Arts, which also produces the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Words on Water will feature local authors in conversation alongside writers and artists who have participated in the Jaipur Literature Festival.

Teamwork Arts managing director Sanjoy Roy said a smorgasbord of exciting cultural events would include film showcases, workshops and literary dialogue modelled along the lines of Jaipur Literature Festival.”

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre general manager Guy Boyce said the partnership would bring some incredible and diverse talent to WA.

“We have some big things planned,’’ Mr Boyce said.

Mr Boyce encouraged people to book accommodation and plan for a great couple of days of inspiration, imagination and entertainment.

“It’s a mid-week festival, so we’ll be working on easy transport options, providing both free and ticketed events, and options for young kids, school groups and adults,” he said.