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Partnering to Connect People, Cultures & Institutions Bilaterally

“The third pillar of the relationship – our growing people to people links – may over time prove to be the most significant asset of all. In the last decade we have seen a very large increase in the size of the Indian diaspora in Australia, now 700,000 strong and the fastest growing large diaspora in Australia. To reach this size in a little over a decade is remarkable. This diaspora will have a big role to play in the partnership of the future. They can go into the nooks and crannies of a relationship where governments cannot. They can shape perceptions in a way governments cannot. And they create personal links, in business, the arts, education, and civil society which can help anchor the relationship.”

Peter Varghese AO,  DFAT An India Economic Strategy to 2035

To compliment the IABCA Platform's operations across the two nations, we have been partnering with some of India's most iconic cultural events, business incentives, and bilateral development initiatives for several years. Through these ongoing partnerships and collaborations, we further generate tourism and trade dialogue by providing incredible experiences that develop people-to-people links and important cross-cultural inroads. We are strategically forging partnerships that utilize culture, business, and artistry to further these links in line with Department of Foreign Affairs and Trades, An India Economic Strategy to 2035, produced by IABCA Advisory Member, Peter Varghese AO.


Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce

Since its inception in 2014, a major long-term objective of the IABCA Platform has been generating stronger trade and investment relations between India and Australia. In 2019, IABCA was pleased to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indo-Australian Chamber of Commerce in a bid to strengthen these relations in regards to our trade, investment, and institutional links. The Chamber brings together over 500 companies to emerge as the single most premier platform for trade promotion between India and Australia. The Chamber was established on a vision of two former Prime Ministers – Mr. Bob Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia and Mr. Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister of India.

Teamwork Arts

With IABCA creating an India footprint in 2020, the producers of IABCA, Gandhi Creations, collaborate with Teamwork Arts, one of India's largest cultural institutions, that have taken India to the world and brought the world to India for over a quarter of a century. Teamwork’s footprints reach far and wide - across Australia, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany ,Hong Kong, Italy, Israel, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, UK, USA. They produce over 25 highly acclaimed performing arts, visual arts and literary festivals in more than 40 cities, reaching over 500,000 people worldwide. This partnership aims to establish a more prominent exchange of Arts and Culture between the two nations, and has already resulted in some high-profile showcases of Indian culture directly through the IABCA platform, such as the Kutle Khan Project and Sunaina Suneja's Khadi Fashion Collection, as well as Australia's largest Indian Festival, Confluence. 

We encourage you to engage with some of the key partner projects in India that IABCA proudly supports and stay tuned for dates of when IABCA will be headed to India in 2020-2021.


JLF Adelaide

November 1 - 3, 2019

From the producer of the iconic Jaipur Literature Festival comes the annual transnational celebration of cultural connections and new perspectives.

This year JLF Adelaide invites you to take a ride around Asia with some of the region’s most celebrated writers, thinkers and performers, in an event that combines talks, panels, and readings with music and performances. Join us for conversations about myth, privilege, history, violence, gender, hope, and peculiar places.

This is an event not to be missed.

Adelaide Festival Centre


Bengaluru Chapter

September 23, 2019

Ballroom 1, JW Marriott, Bengaluru


Mahindra Kabira Festival

November 22 - 24, 2020

Varanasi, India

Kabir, one India’s most celebrated mystic-poets who lived in the 15th century, preached a philosophy of simplicity through his poetry and showed people a syncretic and tranquil way of life.  Varanasi, also known as Benares, one of India’s oldest and most venerated cities situated on the banks of the holy Ganga river, was home to Kabir.

The two-day annual Mahindra Kabira Festival celebrates Kabir’s teachings and presents an unforgettable experience of India’s rich musical tradition, sessions on art and literature inspired by Kabir, specially curated walks through the ancient city with famous local residents playing gracious hosts, and delectable local cuisine. 


JLF India

January 23 - 27, 2020

Diggi Palace

Described as the ‘greatest literary show on Earth’, the Jaipur Literature Festival is a sumptuous feast of ideas. The past decade has seen it transform into a global literary phenomenon having hosted nearly 2000 speakers and welcoming over a million book lovers from across India and the globe.

Our core values remain unchanged: to serve as a democratic, non-aligned platform offering free and fair access.

Every year, the Festival brings together a diverse mix of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, humanitarians, politicians, business leaders, sports people and entertainers on one stage to champion the freedom to express and engage in thoughtful debate and dialogue.

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