Where the Thames and Hooghly meet: Journey of surprises ends with a spectacular finale at Victoria Memorial Hall
Download the full press release here: Silk River India Press Release @16Dec-final
Silk River has been in the making for over two years, involving 20 communities along the banks of the rivers Thames and the Hooghly, engaging thousands of participants and teams of artists in both the UK and India. On Saturday 16 December 2017 the Silk River journey will come to completion with a spectacular finale at Victoria Memorial Hall.
Key members from the 10 river Hooghly communities (Murshidabad, Krishnanagar, Chandannagar, Barrackpore, Jorasanko, Burrabazar, Howrah, Kidderpore, Batanagar and Botanic Gardens) will join the 18 UK delegates to parade the 20 hand-woven hand-painted Murshidabad silk flags with dancers and musicians to the Eastern Quadrangle of the Victoria Memorial for a closing ceremony to mark this incredible coming together of communities through the Silk River programme of cultural exchange. The scrolls will be on show and a mela will also take place with entertainment provided by Banglanatak.com.
Silk River in India has been brought together by Kinetika, UK and partners in India – ThinkArts, Murshidabad Heritage Development Society, Rural Crafts Hubs of West Bengal, Crafts Council of India West Bengal, Jungle Crows, West Bengal Tourism, Future Hope. It is supported by Arts Council England and British Council.
Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner to India, Alan Gemmell OBE, Director British Council India, Dr Jayanta Sengupta, Secretary and Curator, Victoria Memorial Hall were at the closing ceremony.
There was an exhibition of the 20 scrolls in the Central Hall of the Victoria Memorial Hall from 19-31 December 2017.
Silk River India Walk
In December 2017, a twelve-day performative walk took place alongside the river Hooghly, India, from Azimganj, Murshidabad to Batanagar, Kolkata. On boat and by foot, participants engaged with contemporary artists, historians, writers and musicians, and participated in curated events comprising of talks, workshops and film screenings. More details can be found here: http://www.silkriver.co.uk/india-walks/
Kevin Rushby, an eminent travel journalist for The Guardian joined the walks and has written a daily blog – see his posts from the Silk River walks here: http://www.silkriver.co.uk/latest-news-blog/
The Silk River India Walk began on 6th Dec 2017, jointly with the Murshidabad Heritage Festival at the historic location of Azimganj. The next two days saw an international community gathering together to discover and explore the rich heritage of the region through walks, seminars and cultural programmes.
The journey from 8th to 10th Dec was an opportunity for artistic exchange using Silk River as a case study. The salon on 8th was led by Ali Pretty, artistic director Silk River, independent cultural producer Elizabeth Lynch, Korak Ghosh, artistic director Silk River India and Ruchira Das Silk River India project director. Indian artists were invited to this exchange with 15 visiting artists from the UK, as they traveled from Krishnanagar to Chandannagar.