Australian Broadcasting Corporation Dedicates Special Radio Station To Confluence Festival Of India In Australia


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ABC Radio’s special events station ABC Extra will showcase content from the Confluence Festival of India in Australia from October 23-31.

The channel, which is broadcasting around the clock, includes festival highlights and original ABC radio content,to celebrate the culture and stories of India and the interchange between the Indian and Australian communities. The station includes festival features produced by high-profile ABC Radio presenters including Richard Fidler, Geraldine Doogue, Ellen Fanning, Richard Aedy, Dom Knight and James Valentine.

Listen to the station live:

A selection of ABC radio content created around the festival is available for download:

The ABC is Australia’s national public broadcaster. ABC Radio reaches an audience of almost five million people through a network of three national and 55 local stations which broadcast to, and engage with, local communities around Australia.

Confluence Festival of India in Australia is the most significant exhibition of Indian arts and culture ever to be staged in Australia, involving world-class performers in a showcase of the stunning and vibrant variety of India’s artistic cultures and traditions. Over the last three months, the festival has covered seven cities, enthralled audiences and built relationships that will endure long after the Festival is over.

With a total of 72 events covering music, dance, theatre, the visual arts, cartooning, puppetry and even a street magic show, Confluence is regarded as one of the largest ever foreign cultural festivals to be organised in Australia.

ABC Managing Director Michelle Guthrie said the ABC is a “proud media partner of such a vibrant celebration of this great nation and its relationship with Australia.”

“Festival attendees in Melbourne, Sydney, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Adelaide have already witnessed a vast array of artistic performances that celebrate India’s culture and creativity.

“Confluence on ABC Extra is a special curation of just some of the events including Sonam Kalra and the Sufi Gospels, a Hindi rendition of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Indian instruments with an Aboriginal choir, Kaanchi Chopra on art and activism, poetry readings and much more.

“In addition we are including many programs from our recent radio archives,and we have specially produced some new stories for broadcast on ABC Extra. These programs feature insightful conversations about contemporary issues around the Australian/Indian experience.”

“Confluence represents a meeting point -of arts and artistes, of ideas and ideals, of cultures and civilizations. Like the waters of two rivers, they meet, share and imbibe from each other. That’s the focus of our festival, of the collaborations that it strives to promote,” High Commissioner of India in Australia, Navdeep Suri said.

“From the Opera House in Sydney to Federation Square in Melbourne, from QPAC in Brisbane to the Festival Centre in Adelaide, from the Old Parliament in Canberra to the State Theatre in Perth, the Festival of India will enthrall audiences,foster collaborations between our artists and create cultural bonds like never,” he added.

Online Source: The Indian Telegraph.

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