‘Bonjour India’: Countdown begins for Mega Indo-French festival

Riva Ganguly Das, Director General, Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), His Excellency Alexandre Ziegler, The Ambassador of France to India and  Dr. Bertrand de Hartingh - Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the Press Conference of Bonjour India. (Photo: Sitaram Mewati MM)
Riva Ganguly Das, Director General, Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR), His Excellency Alexandre Ziegler, The Ambassador of France to India and Dr. Bertrand de Hartingh – Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the Press Conference of Bonjour India.
(Photo: Sitaram Mewati MM)

His Excellency Alexandre Ziegler, The Ambassador of France to India alongwith Dr. Bertrand de Hartingh – Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs and Riva Ganguly Das, Director General, Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) announced opening of much awaited third edition of Bonjour (Hello) India festival 2017-18. Four month long festival begins in November 2017 and will end in February 2018.  Bonjour India is an Indo-French partnership in innovation and creativity. The announcement of event was held at French Ambassadors residence in New Delhi on 8th November 2017.

Bonjour India celebrating Indo-French partnership, seeks to establish an exhilarating platform for showcasing the various facets of Indian and French contemporary creation. It will shape the next decade of people-to-people contacts between the two countries.

 The main objective of the third edition of Bonjour India is to strengthen the Indo-French ties. The event will showcase Indo-French expertise in innovation, education, research, science and technology, art and culture, this platform will enable and trigger further collaborations by bringing the best of India and France together. It will cover 100 programmes and projects in 33 cities across 20 states and union territories. The first two editions of Bonjour India were held in 2009 and 2013.

Alexandre Ziegler, The Ambassador of France to India speaking to Mumbai Messenger said “The third edition of Bonjour India will focus on partnership, innovation and creativity, and is oriented towards the youth. It is a key event of the historical Indo-French relations of friendship and trust. It has grown in scope and exchanges over the last many decades. In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, the efforts we make to address common challenges facing humanity must be done collectively.

Riva Ganguly Das, Director General, Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) said “The relation between India and France are very strong. In the past we have organised Namaste France – Cultural Festival of India in France. It was a grand success and well appreciated. The event presented the dynamic and ever-evolving culture of India in Indian festival in France. It brought to people of France a comprehensive package of Indian culture including dance, music, literature, theatre, painting, sculpture, cinema, cinema-based spectacles, gastronomy, fashion, yoga and Ayurveda, a variety reflecting the Indian ethos that is deep rooted in its traditions and at the same time continuously experimenting and adapting to modernity”.

Dr. Bertrand de Hartingh the Counselor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs commenting on the launch said “Bonjour India is an invitation to re-imagine our world with the common threads that unite us, to take forward what we have inherited and build our future together. We look forward to a successful voyage and fruitful collaboration, bringing value to the lives of the citizens of the both countries”.

Making this event larger than life, many leading Indian and French companies are participating. Bonjour India has become a talk of the nation. There are three categories of partners participating in Bonjour India, namely Diamnond, Gold and silver. Diamond partners includes Dassault Aviation and Reliance. Gold partner includes Air India, Accor hotels, Engie, Krishnashakti, Renault and Societe Generale. Silver Partners includes Air France, Ariane Space, Axa, Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation, BNP Paribas, Faurecia, Laurent Perrier, Mane, Naval Group, NRB Bearings, Pernod Ricard, Phoenix Mall, Thales, Vicat (Bharathi Cement), Writer Relocations and Saint Gobain.Event Partners are Schneider Electric, Sonalika Group, Suez, Apeejay Surendra Group, LÓreal, Champagne Besserat de Bellefon, Grover, LÓpera and Seher.Commuication Partners includes JC Decaux,ITSA and Foxity.Indian Institutional Partner is Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).

Author: Sitaram Mewati

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