Western Australia will host a significant cultural festival this November, thanks to a partnership between Writing WA, the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and India’s Teamwork Arts.
Confluence: A Festival of India in Australia binds the two countries in a rich and collaborative tapestry of the arts. While Confluence has been held in other Australian cities since it was first established in 2016, this will be its first time in Mandurah where it will have an expanded program to include film, theatre, dance and literature.
At the heart of Confluence in Mandurah on 6 and 7 November will be Words on Water – a two-day program of literary events and writers dialogues inspired by the Jaipur Literature Festival – the world’s largest literary festival which attracts nearly half a million book-lovers to the Indian city each year. Confluence is presented by pioneering Indian entertainment company Teamwork Arts, who also produce Jaipur Literature Festival.
Words on Water in Mandurah will bring local authors together in conversation with writers and artists who have participated in the Jaipur Literature Festival.
Writing WA CEO Sharon Flindell said the partnership would bring a new realm of artistic and literary talent to WA.
“We’re delighted to be a part of the Confluence Festival this year and are very excited to bring Words on Water to Mandurah Performing Arts Centre with Teamwork Arts.
“Bringing a taste of this extraordinary event to Mandurah is part of Writing WA’s commitment to establishing WA as a State of opportunity for literary culture in Australia. Lovers of books and culture will be able to experience a little of the JLF magic in their own backyard.”
Teamwork Arts Managing Director Sanjoy K Roy said “We’re excited to be bringing Words on Water to Mandurah as part of Confluence.
“We’re planning a smorgasbord of exciting cultural events including film-showcases, workshops and literary dialogue modelled along the lines of Jaipur Literature Festival. We’ve had a range of initial discussions with Writing WA and the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and are enthused by the prospects of inter-cultural exchange the festival will ignite.”
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre CEO Guy Boyce said the partnership would bring some incredible and diverse talent to WA.
“We’re proud to be hosting Confluence in Mandurah and have some big things planned. We encourage people to mark 6 and 7 November in their diaries, book their accommodation and plan for a great couple of days of inspiration, imagination and entertainment.
“It’s a mid-week festival, so we’ll be working on easy transport options, providing both free and ticketed events, and options for young kids, school groups and adults.”
Details on the full programme will be revealed in the coming months.
Media Contact: Janine Pittaway, 0418 911 796
About Teamwork Arts
Teamwork Arts is a highly versatile production company with roots in the performing arts, social action and the corporate world. For over 30 years, Teamwork Arts has taken India to the world and brought the world to India, presenting the finest of Indian performers, writers and visual artists in the cultural and art space in India and abroad. Every year, they produce 25 performing/visual arts and literary festivals in several countries including Australia.
Confluence in Mandurah is enabled with funding provided to Writing WA by the State Government through the Creative Regions program.