Special projects

Oz Fest, Australian Cultural Festival in India

I was in India for six months from August 2012 to February 2013, on a professional development opportunity. Oz Fest was the Australia International Cultural Council (AICC) Focus Country Program for 2012 and formed part of a whole-of-government advocacy and public diplomacy strategy in India. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade committed approximately $1 million to Oz Fest, with state and federal government agencies, universities, institutional partners and Indian and Australian companies sponsoring the event with an additional $2 million.

Oz Fest featured around 100 cultural, political, education, science and business events and took place in 18 cities across the country, reaching out to both India’s young, rising generation and its established opinion and decision-makers.