For the very first time, Confluence Festival of Indian Arts in Australia comes to Mandurah for two days in November, bringing a rich tapestry of Indian arts, Bollywood film, dance, yoga, guided meditation and much more.
At the heart of Confluence will be the Words on Water program, an international gathering of acclaimed writers, thinkers, and change makers coming together on one stage to engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.
This unique celebration of literature, arts and culture is brought to Australia by Teamwork Arts India, producers of the global literary phenomenon that is the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Acclaimed writer and historian William Dalrymple will headline the event. Dalrymple is one of Britain's greatest historians, and is the author of the classic In Xanadu, the Wolfson Prize-winning White Mughals and the Hemingway Prize-winning Return of a King. He is a broadcaster and television presenter, and founder of the Jaipur Literary Festival.
As part of this year's Confluence Festival and its Words on Water component, Dalrymple will be the special guest at an intimate Literary Boat Cruise on Wednesday 6 November. Co-hosted by Mandurah Cruises, tickets include canapes and two glasses of sparkling wine, and an audience with Dalrymple, from 4pm to 6pm. Tickets are limited, and are available to purchase at https://mandurahcruises.com.au/literary-cruise/.
Also announced for Confluence and Words on Water is Canadian-born professor Robin Jeffrey, who is an expert in Indian politics and history, and author of a number of successful published works, including his co-authored Waste of a Nation: Garbage and Growth in India – a fascinating account of India's complex relationship with garbage; and Cell Phone Nation, delving into the impact the mobile phone has had on Indian culture.
Guests can get their hearts pumping and spirits soaring at two free all-ages Bollywood dance workshops on 6 and 7 November at Mandurah Performing Arts Centre. Run by Gilles Chuyen, who has taught Bollywood dance in India, UK and South Africa for 25 years, participants will have the opportunity to experience the sheer joy and electric energy of Bollywood dance. The one-hour workshops run from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
For those who prefer a calmer pace, Gilles will also be conducting free morning meditation workshops on 6 and 7 November from 7am to 8am. He has been teaching and practicing yoga and meditation for more than 20 years, and trained under Gurudev of the Karmic Research Centre in New Delhi.
Confluence: A Festival of India in Australia is made possible thanks to a partnership between the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, India's Teamwork Arts, and Writing WA. It is also supported by Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation and Mandurah Cruises.
The main Confluence and Words on Water program of events take place on Wednesday 6 & Thursday 7 November with the Bollywood Film Season commencing on 17 October. Details on the full programme visit confluence.writingwa.org for the latest information.