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India and Denmark: cultural exchange and dialogue

‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ is a Danish-Indian project initiated by the Danish Holck-Larsen Foundation. The foundation was established by Henning Holck-Larsen, co-founder of the Indian company Larsen & Toubro.

The purpose of the project is to link the people of India and Denmark in the true spirit of Mr. Holck-Larsen, by promoting exchange of culture, science and trade between the two countries.

It is thus the aim that the various activities under ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ will introduce and showcase modern India to the Danes and allow Indians to become better informed about Denmark – to the mutual benefit of the people of both countries.

 

The main programme will take place in Denmark from August 2012 to January 2013. A cultural programme includes ‘India : Art Now’, ‘India : Fashion Now’, ‘India : Design Now’, ‘India : Film Now’, and ‘India : Literature Now’, and will be complemented by conferences and dialogues, which will also focus on education, science and business. The goal is that the programme will form a basis for greater co-operation, collaboration and co-creation in the future. Focus is on key questions in areas where Danes can learn from Indians and where Indians can learn from Danes.

Website of ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’: www.indiatoday.dk

Click to open the folder about India Today (in Danish language, PDF-format)

 
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The Danish Cultural Institute turns its attention towards India

 
The Danish Cultural Institute is a partner in ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ and organises a Danish-Indian conference on sustainability and peace in September 2012, an exchange programme for Danish and Indian media, and the development of a platform on the web to communicate and highlight interesting impressions, expressions, experiences and information about the events that take place in Denmark.

An ambition of the Danish Cultural Institute is to create new connections, interest communities and collaborations between the two countries in areas such as sustainable living, social responsibility, visual arts, performing arts, film, design, fashion, craft, architecture, heritage, philosophy, education, tourism, science, research and business.

“There is great potential in this when it comes to Denmark and India – for example in areas such as culture and sustainability. Denmark is in full swing to prepare for a more sustainable future, while local politicians in India are currently preparing to make their urban areas world-leading in sustainability,” says the project’s director, Olaf Gerlach-Hansen.

The project is developed in collaboration with Indian partners. Among the partners in Denmark are a large number of cultural centres and cultural institutions such as museums, concert halls, film festivals, and more.

The following is a description of the Danish Cultural Institute’s projects under the ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ umbrella which are supported economically by M-fonden and backed up by a long list of Danish companies, organisations and institutes:

Click to open the Danish Cultural Institute's folder (in Danish language, PDF-format)

 


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Conferences in Denmark

Sustainability and Peace • 13–14 September 2012

 

Dialogue and co-creation across cultures

13 September 2012 at 9am to 5pm
Venue: Arken Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

Co-creating sustainable business between Denmark and India

14 September 2012 at 9am to 2pm
Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

 

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Co-create Now

An online platform facilitating conversations, inspiration and exchange of experiences between Indians and Danes

The Danish Cultural Institute and a wide circle of partners develop a communication platform between India and Denmark in 2012. Under the title ‘Co-create Now’ the project takes advantage of the many new opportunities that social media opens up.

“Because of ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’, a large number of Indians will be visiting Denmark in 2012, and our idea is to involve them in a flow of communication about Denmark to people in India and vice-versa,” explains the project’s web editor, Mik Aidt:

“The online platform ‘Co-create Now’ is to create the kind of contacts and collaborations between Denmark and India which take place between individuals on a personal level. We focus on stories and experiences that people have a genuine interest in sharing with each other.”

Under the heading ‘Destination Denmark’, Indian citizens will gain insight into interesting and relevant aspects of what Denmark has to offer, while ‘Destination India’ gives Danish citizens insight into India – with theme sections on for example, film, design, fashion, arts, heritage, education, sustainability, peace and philosophy, tourism, science, research and business. The front page of the portal is presented differently depending on whether the reader views the page from India or from Denmark.

Additionally, the website provides news about the project ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ which in second half of 2012 presents a wide number of cultural events in Copenhagen. Visiting Indian artists, business leaders and journalists will tell about Denmark to Indian audiences, and the platform continuously introduces its readers to relevant interviews, articles, resources and websites such as indiatoday.dkvisitdenmark.dkconsiderdenmark.comindiafutureofchange.org and many more.

The daily communication occurs primarily on social networks such as Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, Youtube, Linkedin, Google+, Pinterest, and others, which allow interaction and participation of individuals, while the role of the portal cocreatenow.org is to serve as a ‘hub’ which presents all current news and debates on the diverse channels, and which collects relevant insights and unique content in a searchable archive. The Danish Cultural Institute operates the Co-create Now communication platform together with partners in India.

The portal was launched in August 2012, www.cocreatenow.org

 

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Media Exchange Now

Exchange journeys for Indian and Danish journalists and broadcasters in September-November 2012

• 12 Indian journalists and broadcasters will get an opportunity to visit Denmark in order to learn about Danish culture and society, including themes such as sustainable living, social welfare, etc

• produce content, which will be broadcasted and published in India on the occasion of ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’

• connect with Danish media and journalists in order to foster media exchange and cooperation and – if appropriate – participate actively in one or two of the numerous ‘India Today Copenhagen Tomorrow’ events.

Similarly, the programme offers a smaller number of Danish journalists to engage in and travel to India.
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Contact and staff information

See cocreatenow.org/contact

 

 

Supported by M-fonden

 


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