Art and Culture Current Affairs - 2020

First Jerusalem-Mumbai festival held in Mumbai

The Jerusalem-Mumbai festival is to be held in Mumbai on February 15, 2020 to promote artistic and cultural ties between Israel and India. The festival is first of its kind.

Highlights

The aim of the festival is to establish links between the cities Jerusalem and Mumbai. The idea was mooted during PM Modi’s visit to Israel in July 2019. The festival will boost cultural ties between the countries that will help to boost the partnership between them.

Objective

The main aim of the festival is to promote cooperation between the countries in the field of music, culinary art and dance.

Significance

The festival will act as a common platform for the individuals from cinema, high-technology and tourism to cooperate, learn from each other and also develop.

Background

Israel has so far done similar cooperation with the countries such as Prague, Brussels and Moscow.

Israel-Palestine

India maintains cordial relations between both Israel and Palestine. India urges both the countries to frame solutions. The “two-state solution” envisioned for the countries aims to solve the key matter of dispute between the countries. The countries conflict over boundaries.

First-ever Ladakh Literature Festival

Ladakh administration is organizing the first-ever Ladakh Literature festival. The three day Literature Festival is being organized from 29 to 31 October 2019. At venues like historic Leh palace and Central Asian Museum the Ladakh Literature Festival will now be held annually.

Ladakh Literature Festival Highlights

Objective: To celebrate the uniqueness of the region in the fields of Literature, Art and Culture.

The first-ever Ladakh Literature Festival is going to witness transformation of Ladakh from a division to Union Territory (UT).  During the festival the screenings of Ladakhi films, discussions on Heritage and presentations on History and Archeology of Ladakh will take place.

To attract the visitors of all age groups, different programmes are planned. To provide an opportunity to women, children and youth to participate in three day Ladakh Literature Festival several competitions and events such as Calligraphy, Culinary art are also incorporated.

Along with local artists, literary personalities, historians, musicians and senior IAS officers who turned authors such as Anil Swarup, Parvez Dewan and Dr MK Ranjith Sinh are also participating in festival.