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FICCI organizes 'Smart Cities, Art Cities - Exploring Creative Opportunities'

Aug 31, 2019

Art and culture has a potential to create wealth in a sustained manner, allowing people & communities to find new ways of overcoming hurdles


BENGALURU, August 31 2019: FICCI Creative Industries Division today organized 'Smart Cities, Art Cities - Exploring Creative Opportunities, a seminar on the burgeoning need, current state and future trajectory of arts leadership, collaborations and management in India's rapidly evolving Arts and Culture sector.

FICCI strongly believes that art and culture has a potential to create wealth in a sustained manner, allowing people and their communities to find new ways of overcoming hurdles. FICCI Creative Industries Committee focuses on policy work, ideation and outlining a road map to take the Industry to the next level.

The seminar will serve as an access point for discovery, dialogue and inspiration between individuals and conglomerates. FICCI's vision is to enable and support an ecosystem for sustainable art and culture and its purpose is to bring organizations and individuals together to find sustainable solutions for art and culture through a platform for corporates, civil society groups, government, financial institutions, media, experts etc.

The day-long conference consisted of three sessions, four case studies presentation. It brought together various stakeholders of art including the government bodies, corporates, policymakers, artists, curators, writers, and scholars. The sessions have focus on a broad spectrum of issues covering the Art and Culture sector including 'Development of Alternative Spaces for the Arts'; 'Innovative Models of Arts Education'; 'The Mojo of Creative Industries' etc.

Mr Sanjoy K Roy, Co-Chair, FICCI Art and Culture Committee said, "FICCI has started working in the creative sector five years ago and have done significant conferences and roundtable meetings in Delhi, Mumbai and now in Bangalore."

Dr Bertrand De Hartingh, Country Director, French Institute in India said "You cannot be a legitimate government, if you don�t focus on education and culture."

"Street Art is going to be biggest tourist attractor in India in next five years," said Ms Lakshmi Pratury, Founder, Inktalks.

Mr V Ravichandar, Director, Bangalore International Centre and Chairman, Feedback Consulting said, "Creative Industries need to work with the government as an enabler."

"It's very important for public institutions to have longevity', said Ms Jahnavi Phalkey, Director, Science Gallery, Bengaluru.

The conference saw 20 distinguished speakers from Industry and experts including Dr. Bertrand De Hartingh, Counsellor for Education, Science & Culture at Embassy of France in India & Country Director-French Institute in India; Mr Abhishek Poddar, Industrialist, Philanthropist & Art Collector; Ms Lakshmi Pratury, Founder & CEO, INK; Mr V. Ravichandar, Honorary Director, Bangalore International Centre; Dr. Jahnavi Phalkey, Director, Science Gallery, Bengaluru; Ms Meena Vari, Dean, Contemporary Arts & Curatorial Practice, Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology; Ms Sadhana Rao, Music Educationist and Co-Founder, Art Links Learning, Bengaluru & Symposium Co-convenor; Shinie Antony, Festival Director, Bangalore Literature Festival & Director, Bengaluru Poetry Festival; Mr Sanjoy Roy, Managing Director, Teamwork Arts; and many more.

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