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21st European Union Film Festival Begins in Kolkata


The European Union Film Festival began in Kolkata on 24thJune, 2016 with a screening of the German film “Jack”. Twenty four films from twenty four European countries will be shown in the festival. Organized by the Delegation of the European Union and embassies of EU Member States, the festival is being held in partnership with Federation of Film Societies of India, Cine Central, Nandan West Bengal Film Centre and British Council. The Festival was inaugurated on 24thJune at “Nandan West Bengal Film Centre by Mr. Buddhadeb Dasgupta, prominent filmmaker from Kolkata in presence of Chief Guest Mr. Bratya Basu, Minister of Information Technology & Electronics, Government of West Bengal and other prominent guests – Mr. Shyamal Kumar Sen (Former Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court, Former Governor of West Bengal, President Cine Central), Mr. Yadab Mondal, CEO, Nandan, Mr. Premendra Mazumdar, All India General Secretary of Federation of Film Societies of India & Dr. Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council (East India)

The European Union Film Festival will be hosted in Kolkata across two venues – Nandan West Bengal Film Centre and British Council.

In its 21st edition, the festival features 24 exceptional new and award winning European films from Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.This year the festival will screen movies from varied genres ranging from the comedy of the absurd to gripping  drama, unexpected romance and heart-stopping action.


Entry at all venues will be on a first come, first served basis. The festival, currently running in Delhi, Chennai, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Bangalore, will traverse through Kolkata, Hyderabad, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad, Pune, and Jodhpur till August 14, 2016.

The films to be screened at the EUFF are–Austria–Jack; Belgium – Les Rayures du Zèbre |(Scouting for Zebras); Cyprus – Block 12; Czech Republic – Three Brothers; Denmark – Stille Hjerte |Silent Heart; Finland – Ollaanvapaita|Urban Family; France-L’illusionniste, |(The Illusionist); Germany – Jack; Greece – Wild Duck; Hungary – Utóélet |(Afterlife); Ireland – The Irish Rebellion; Italy – Michiamo Maya(My Name Is Maya); Latvia – Mother, I love you; Lithuania -Edeno Sodas (The Garden of Eden); Luxembourg – Dead Man Talking; Malta-Simshar; Netherlands-Michiel De Ruyter|Admiral; Poland-Bogowie(Gods); Portugal – Cats Don’t Have Vertigo; Slovakia-Rytmus – A Dream from the Block; Slovenia – Sailing to Paradise; Spain – Flamenco From The Roots; Sweden– ÅTERTRÄFFEN(The Reunion); United Kingdom – Coriolanus.

Do not miss the chance to see these wonderful European films!!

Priyanka Dutta

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British Council Presents Folk Nations Concert; A Three-city India tour of the World’s Best Musicians


The British Council, UK’s international organization has been working for the strengthening of cultural and educational opportunities between UK and India. To strengthen the ties, The British Council organized the Folk Nations Concerts at ICCR Kolkata recently. This troupe is a direct outcome of Folk Nations, which is a program initiated by The British Council. The main aim of this program was to highlight the folk culture of both the countries with special emphasis on music.

The three-city India tour of this group will witness performances by renowned musicians like Patsy Reid (Scotland), Hannah James (England), Georgia Ruth (Wales), Saurav Moni (India), Suhail Yusuf Khan (India) and James Mackintosh (Scotland).


Folk Nations is a British Council project that was devised to help in fostering of creative exchange and collaboration between the traditional artists of UK and India. Following a week-long residency in February 2013 by British Council and English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), this idea was initiated.

The six member group travelled to perform at various music festivals like Celtic Connections and London’s Alchemy Festival at Southbank Centre. The troupe represents a delicate weaving of UK and Indian folk. This helps in showcasing the cultural as well as the musical heritage of these regions. The Indian audiences will witness the folk music collaborations among musicians from Scotland, England, Wales, Delhi, Kolkata and Shillong. For these concerts the British Council partnered with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Government of Meghalaya, Department of Arts and Culture.


Folk Nations Concerts will help in bringing the two countries closer on the cultural context and pave the way for better mutual understandings in future.

Priyanka Dutta

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