On October 29, the Australia India Institute launched its second annual India Week at the University of Melbourne.
India Week is a celebration of contemporary Indian culture, thought, politics and society. It aims to promote mutual understanding between Australia and India, increase engagement with Indian culture and strengthen people-to-people links between our two countries.
2018 witnessed a substantial enlargement of India Week activities. A gathering of Victorian policy-makers, including Victoria’s Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Roads Luke Donnellan and the Shadow Minister for Multicultural Affairs Inga Peulich, were joined community representatives and the media to open the week and concurrently launch the Victorian Festival of Diwali at the University of Melbourne. The evening featured traditional dancers, live performers and a taste of Indian cuisine.
Other activities throughout the week included four public talks on policy issues relating to India, two networking events, an academic conference, a Bollywood film screening and a free public yoga session.
A full program of India Week 2018 along with associated coverage can be found below.