Launch of the Maitri Cultural Partnerships

  • Media release

Today I announce the launch of the inaugural Maitri Cultural Partnerships grants round to support greater exchange and collaboration between Australian and Indian creative industries.

Maitri – friendship – will underpin the series of partnerships and grants to promote Australia-India relations.

The Maitri Cultural Partnerships program will foster on-going relationships between Australian and Indian artists, performers and cultural organisations to deepen understanding and connections between our two countries.

The Maitri Cultural Partnerships grant round is divided into three programs supporting:

  • major Australian cultural organisations to engage Indian and partner institutions;
  • cultural collaboration that supports First Nations’ participation; and
  • small to medium sized Australian cultural organisations and community groups engagement.

Both Australian and Indian cultural and creative industries are major economic drivers with internationally renowned film, music and performing arts sectors. This funding will help the Australian creative sector collaborate with India’s thriving cultural industries.

The Cultural Partnerships are one of a suite of Maitri initiatives. This flagship program also includes Maitri fellowships, scholarships and grants.

The Maitri program will be administered by the Centre for Australia-India Relations which will open later this year.

The Centre will serve as a national platform to strengthen business, policy, institutional, cultural and community engagement with India.

Applications for the Maitri Cultural Partnerships grant round will open on 20 February and close on 3 April 2023. Grant guidelines are available on GrantConnect.

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