A Tribute to IndoAfrican cultural ties

first_imgAs India looks forward to host 54 African countries in the largest ever India-Africa diplomatic summit, DIAF in alliance with NDMC paid a tribute to the shared arts and cultural bonding of the two countries.The 9th Delhi International Arts Festival showcased two special events on the occasion of the Africa–India Summit titled, “Welcome Africa” and “Africa In India” on October 24 and 25, at Nehru Park. ‘Welcome Africa’,  which was held on October 24 and 25, had soul searching ‘Whirling Dervish’ from Egypt, fun performances from Ethiopia, Indian bands, crossover music from Indian and African artists, Hip-Hop, Reggae and Afro Beat from Congo, ‘Everything Nice’ from Nigeria, ‘Afro de Asia’, a percussion band with artistes from Ghana and India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Another event named, “Africa In India” will be held on the October 31 and it will feature a specially choreographed performance with artists from many African Countries such as Zambia, Ghana, Uganda and “The Vessel”—an African choir from Kenya and Congo.This performance will be performed in front of all the heads of Government from African Countries at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 29.The Delhi International Arts Festival is among the country’s largest and most prestigious art festival. It has run for eight years and this year, the festival is being organised from the October 16 to November 1.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis festival is organised on a public-private partnership model. The Union Ministry of Culture and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations are important collaborators of the festival. The calendar of events of DIAF include all genres of music, dance, theatre, puppetry, poetry, literature, visual arts, films and exhibitions — from the most traditional to the contemporary expressions of all these art forms. Several Embassies, Foreign Governments, Cultural Centres, international cultural managers, other international festivals and artists from around the world are also part of it. It is now recognised all over the world as India’s Signature Festival. Over 250 events are held in a span of two weeks in more than 45 venues.last_img

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