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Indian performers at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod
Indian performers at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod

Welsh and Indian culture share a love of music and the arts, from Bollywood films being shot on location in Wales to World famous Welsh Literature festivals, such as the Hay festival, being hosted in Kerala. There are a lot of cultural exchanges between our two nations, read on to find out more.

Our countries are also linked through art, the Charles Wallace India Trust along with the British Council and the Arts Council of Wales supported a series of exchanges between visual artists from Rajasthan and Wales during the period 1993-1998. A total of 35 artists were involved.

Several Bollywood films have been shot in locations throughout Wales. In 2004 ‘Kuan Hai Sapno Mein Aaya?’ starring Anupam Kher and Khader Khan used Caerphilly Castle in south Wales as a backdrop for filming. In the same year Kyun...! Gaya Na was filmed in Llanberis and Dolbadarn Castle in north Wales, starring Aishwarya Rai and Vivek Oberoi.

As part of the First Minister’s Trade Mission to India in 2012, Wales Arts International (WAI) supported singer Gwyneth Glyn and Donal Whelan, Hafod Mastering to travel to India to develop new artistic and business opportunities. A direct result of this visit is Ghazalaw, the collaboration between Gwyneth Glyn’s welsh folk songs and Urdu Gahzal singer Tauseef Akhtar.

Hay Festival India

In November 2010 Kerala hosted a line up of over 50 authors, thinkers and performers from across the world, including Gujarati writer Tishani Doshi, for the internationally renowned Hay Festival. The Hay festival is traditionally held in its home town of Hay-on-Wye in mid Wales.

Hay Festival has also produced Hay Dhaka in 2012, following a very successful one day pilot in 2011 hosted by the British Embassy and British Council Bangladesh.
Hay Festival is currently negotiating their festival presence in India for late 2013 and developing new partnerships with both writers and sponsors. This may mean a possible move from Kerala or a multi location festival programme.

Hay International Fellowship

Supported by ACW and WAI, the Hay International Fellowship offers two writers from Wales the opportunity to experience each of Hay’s growing international portfolio of festivals and to develop their own work projects through their year long tenure. Jon Gower and Tiffany Murray were Fellows in 2011/12 and Owen Sheers and Eurig Salisbury are the current Fellows.

India Wales Writers Chain:

The India-Wales Writers' Chain, developed by the British Council and Wales Arts International, aims to develop cultural links between India and Wales through literature. As part of the project a high-profile translation workshop took place in Jaipur in January 2009 which culminated in a showcase event at the literary festival there on 21st January.

The links below contain further information about Welsh culture and our love of Arts and Literature and the TV and Film programmes filmed in Wales.

From the second hand book town in Hay to Kerala, India, this three day event celebrated literature from around the world
India Dance Wales, Wales' premier professional Indian Dance company, recently went on tour at distinguished venues in India.
Find out more about the Wales Rajasthan Exchange Exhibition which was held in January 2011
Several Bollywood movies have been filmed in Wales. Check out this movie map to see some of the shooting locations