Ministry of Culture organises the first G20 Culture Group meet from February 22-25 in Madhya Pradesh

Industry Watch | February 16, 2023 | News

Ministry of Culture G20 Culture Group Madhya Pradesh Culture

Ministry of Culture is all set to organise the First G20 Culture Group (CWG) meet in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh from February 22 to 25.

Briefing the media about the upcoming First G20 Culture Group meeting, Govind Mohan, Secretary Culture said, “India is so rich and diverse in culture that the  cultural engagements acquire their own significance and importance. The overarching theme of G20 is that of ‘Vasudev Kutumbakam’- One Earth-One Family-One Future’. Ministry of Culture has developed a robust programme of cultural projects inspired by India’s G20 theme of ‘Vasudev Kutumbakam’.”

The Secretary further explained that India’s G20 Culture Track is predicated on the idea of ‘Culture for LiFE’- environmentally conscious lifestyle as a campaign for sustainable living.

Govind Mohan further added, “The Culture  Working group will have four meetings and they will be held in Khajuraho, Bhubaneshwar, Hampi and the final location, is yet to be decided. For Khajuraho, the theme is ‘Protection and Restitution of Cultural Property’. This cultural working group meeting in Khajuraho will also have an exhibition which will be organized at the Maharaja Chhatrasal Convention Centre, which will be inaugurated by Union Minister for Culture Sri G Kishan Reddy along with the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Shivraj Chouhan.”

Govind Mohan informed that cultural programs will be organised on the occasion including the Khajuraho Dance Festival Cultural performances. The delegates will also visit the Western Group of Temples, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They will also be taken to Panna Tiger Reserve. More than 125 delegates will attend the meeting. As a part of the meeting, there will be an exhibition titled ‘Re(ad)dress : Return of Treasures' at the Maharaja Chhatrasal Convention Centre (MCCC), which will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Shri Shivraj Chauhan and the  Minister for Culture, Tourism and DoNER Shri G. Kishan Reddy.

The CWG will evolve through four meetings in four historic cities of India and steer the G20 discourse on four priority areas. India’s CWG will reflect the emergence of Culture as a prominent theme on the global stage, it will adopt ‘Culture’ to renew multilateral and multicultural cooperation at all levels and will aim to forward this ideal and inform future global cultural policies and initiatives.

Four priority areas of India’s CWG include Protection and Restitution of Cultural Property; Harnessing Living Heritage for a Sustainable Future; Promotion of Cultural and Creative Industries, and Creative Economy; Leveraging Digital Technologies for Protection and Promotion of Culture. To engage with these priorities further, the CWG has also developed a robust year-long program of cultural projects such as exhibitions, immersive experiences, symposiums, seminars, art residencies, workshops, publications, etc.

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As a part of the meeting, there will be an exhibition titled ‘Re(ad)dress : Return of Treasures’ at the Maharaja Chhatrasal Convention Centre (MCCC).

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