New Delhi :-
Celebrating the Success of the Culture Working Group under India’s G20 Presidency
In a grand celebration of cultural achievement, the Ministry of Culture has organized an exclusive event titled “Rewind, Rejoice, Reboot, and Reimagine” on 17 January 2024 at India International Centre (IIC). This event commemorates the successful endeavors of the Culture Working Group (CWG) under India’s G20 Presidency. Embracing the theme “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” – “One Earth, One Family, One Future,” the gathering showcased a remarkable fusion of cultural heritage and contemporary technology, reflecting India’s dedication to fostering global dialogue and collaboration through cultural exchanges.
Here are some of the key highlights:
The G20 Culture Working Group’s finale offered diverse avenues for participants to experience the richness and interconnectedness of global cultures, transcending physical boundaries through digital immersions:
G20 Digital Museum – Culture Corridor: Launched on Spotify, this virtual museum experience takes visitors on a journey through the shared heritage of G20 member countries. Interactive exhibits and immersive soundscapes showcase the unique cultural treasures of each nation.
“Sur Vasudha” Online Launch: This unique orchestra, uniting musicians from across the G20, was unveiled with a digital launch on Spotify. “Sur Vasudha” celebrates the rich musical traditions of the world, promoting inclusivity and harmony through the universal language of music.
The event also unfolded a treasure trove of publications and exhibitions, inviting participants to delve deeper into diverse narratives and artistic expressions:
“Together We Art” Catalogue Launch: This exhibition and catalogue explored themes of cultural sustainability, ecology, and the environment through contemporary art. Featuring works from 19 G20 members and 7 invitee countries, it showcased the diverse artistic expressions of the participating nations.
“Under the Same Sky” Anthology Unveiling: This anthology, featuring poems from 29 countries, echoed the shared values of humanity and hope. It served as a testament to the power of language and literature to bridge cultural divides and foster understanding.
“Bharat: Mother of Democracy” Exhibition: This exhibition brought to the forefront the fact that democracy has prevailed in India since 6000 BCE and forms the core of the country’s constitution and culture. A booklet titled “Bharat – The Mother of Democracy” was published in 16 international languages of the participating nations.
“Roots and Routes” Exhibition: This exhibition explored the core values of Indian artistic traditions and their connection to the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, emphasizing the unity of humanity. It showcased a curated collection of Indian art spanning ancient to contemporary times.
“Re(ad)dress: Return of Treasures” Catalogue Launch: This exhibition explored the significance of repatriating and restoring cultural property. The catalogue featured the stories of 26 repatriated Indian objects and other similar case studies from around the world.
“Sustain: The Craft Idiom” Online Exhibition: This exhibition focused on harnessing India’s living heritage for a sustainable future. It showcased over 35 crafts, diverse languages and scripts, and featured live teaching demonstrations by master artisans.
“Woven Narratives” Online Exhibition: This exhibition explored the significance of Indian handlooms in the country’s cultural and creative economy. The curated textile exhibits showcased the diverse geography and unique ecological contexts of India, while also highlighting the historical and design features of each piece.
Adding to the tapestry of publications and exhibitions, a canvas that contained inscriptions of the phrase “Culture Unites All” by the representatives from G20 members and invited nations in their native languages was presented by the Ministry of Culture to India’s G20 Sherpa, Mr. Amitabh Kant.
The CWG’s initiatives not only enriched understanding of global cultures but also underscored the vital role of cultural exchange in addressing contemporary global challenges. The event concluded with a message about the unifying power of culture and a call for continued collaboration to build a more interconnected and empathetic world.
Together, the CWG’s initiatives stand as a testament to the enduring power of culture to unite people and communities, reminding us that indeed, “Culture Unites All.”