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British Council India is delighted to partner with the crafts economy in India. Through the India-UK Collaboration scheme, Crafting Futures brings together Indian and UK partners to collaborate on projects which strengthen livelihoods and the crafts economy in India. The programme will empower women and diverse communities with international market opportunities; design and enterprise skills and crafts tourism.

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Culture Aangan and Applied Arts Scotland

Crafting Futures project will support the puppetry artisans in the village of Pinguli in Maharashtra to provide sustainable development of puppetry making and preserving the heritage traditions at risk.

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SSMl and Goldsmiths, University of London

Empowering migrant women artisans working in Delhi through sustainable processes including natural dyeing techniques and exploring new designs for their craft.

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Unbox Cultural Futures Society and FutureEverything

A partnership to revitalise urban living crafts and develop opportunities that upskill craftworkers in handmade skills. Explores new directions with technology for the furthering of craft.

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Pearl Academy and Manchester Metropolitan University

Strengthening the livelihoods of highly skilled craftswomen in Gujarat through new product designs and skills development in embroidery for an Indian and European market.

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DICRC and Clay Foundation

An international artists’ residency with Muslim pottery families of Gundiyali in Gujarat. The project will develop contemporary ceramics practice in India and the UK and transform Gundiyali as an immersive crafts tourism destination for all the visitors.

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Khamir and Fieldwork Wales

A collaboration to revive and strengthen the local economy around wool in the Kutch region through product design, sustainable supply-chain and education. Local wool from India and Wales will be procured for production by local spinners and weavers in Kutch.

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A Rainbow Musical by Rainbow Voices Mumbai

On World Music Day  on Sunday 21,a premiere of A Rainbow Musical, a synchronised musical performance by artists from Rainbow Voices Mumbai (RVM) - India's first LGBT choir

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Talk on Gay Nightlife Culture by Kareem Khubchandani

This Saturday, join us for a talk on Gay Nightlife Culture in India by Kareem Khubchandani, Mellon Bridge Assistant Professor of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at Tufts University.

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Reasons To Be Cheerful

Ramps on the Moon is a consortium of six regional theatres with support from disabled-led Graeae Theatre Company. It aims to open-up partners to disabled people as artists and audiences through large-scale productions. Watch the production at home of 'Reasons to be Cheerful' musical.

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The Spreading Ink Festival

British Council and St Xavier's University, Kolkata present the first of the series of webinars on the theme 'Literature and the Arts in the times of pandemic'. Join panelists from India and the UK talk on 'Performing quarantine - the affective economy of a pandemic' on Sunday 21 June from 3pm to 5pm.

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Webinar on Digital Futures

British Council and Arts Culture Resource India return with a Festival Connections webinar on 26 June, 4pm to 6 pm. Focus is on digital creation, consumption and revenue models.

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