Proposals invited for empanelment of artistes, events for Festivals of India abroad

New Delhi, July 9, 2016

The Ministry of Culture has invited proposals and applications for empanelment of artistes and events for participation in Festivals of India abroad.
An official press release said all agencies desirous of participating in the Festivals of India abroad are requested to visit the website: and to provide details of the events/performances in the prescribed format within the given time to the Festival of India (FoI) Cell in the Ministry of Culture for inclusion of artistes/events in Festivals of India abroad.
A brief concept paper for each event along with link may also be included. Those artistes who have earlier applied and have been graded by the Ministry need not apply again.
The hard copy of the proposal with CD/DVD should be addressed to: Ministry of Culture, Festival of India Cell – ICR Division,Central Secretariat Library, 1st Floor, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi-110001. A soft copy in MS word document should also be sent by email at:
The Ministry is responsible for conducting Festivals of India (FoIs) abroad as part of efforts to strengthen international cultural relations and enhance India’s soft power.
The scheme was revived by the Ministry in 2013. The events in Festival of India generally include Dance, Music, Theater, Films, Food, Literary Festival, Yoga demonstration, Folk Arts, Performing Arts, Exhibitions and workshops.
The Festivals of India are organized in various countries through the Indian Missions situated there. In this endeavour, autonomous organizations, private institutions, NGOs, universities and individuals contribute towards making Festivals of India a success.
Ministry of Culture initiates communications with the Indian missions, the nodal implementing agency abroad and elicits their interest in holding a Festival of India in their country. The Ministry sends them a list of suggested events for their perusal/selection.
Festival of India Cell in the Ministry of Culture will coordinate with all the participating agencies involved in coming up with a consolidated proposal containing detailed information about all possible aspects of preparation from venue to handling of cargo to budgetary requirements, the release added.

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