AIP Christmas #17: 2017 UK-India Year of Culture

This post is part of the Anglo-Indian Project Christmas series 2016.

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In 2015, David Cameron (then UK Prime Minister) announced that 2017 would be a celebration of the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and to mark cultural ties between the UK and India.

The Year of Culture 2017 will see an exciting festival of events celebrating the vibrant cultural history of the 2 countries. Top UK institutions will partner with their Indian counterparts to strengthen cultural and economic ties between the two nations.

Some of the planned events include:

  • the British Library will be digitising 200,000 pages of their South Asian archives.
  • The British Library’s Magna Carta 1225 edition will be travelling to India.
  • Shakespeare’s First Folio to tour India by the British Library.
  • One of India’s premier museums – the CSMVS Mumbai – will tell the story of Indian civilisation in the context of world history using some items on loan from the British Museum.

2017 promises to be a valuable opportunity to promote the global Anglo-Indian community.


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