Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The South Asian Network of Goethe-Institut, the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany, has announced the launch of a fully funded annual Fellowship in Arts Management and Cultural Policy.

In its first edition “ARThinkSouthAsia Fellowship” has 17 men and women selected from across South Asia for the fellowship programme that includes a fortnight-long residential course at Manesar starting March 15. What gives this fellowship a unique character is that the chosen scholars would get an opportunity to interact with international tutors on home ground before participating in a month-long internship in Germany. The fellowship programme will culminate with a concluding seminar in March 2011.

The fellowship has been conceived to give the fellows a platform to develop their skills, knowledge and networks and gain experience of potential leaders in the cultural sector of South Asia. They would also gain experience of visual and performing arts and digital media.

A sea-change

“We believe that by supporting exceptional individuals to make a step-change in their skills and career potential, we can bring substantial benefit to the cultural field as a whole,” says Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan Regional Director for South Asia Stefan Dreyer.

Designed to include a balance of theory and professional training, the residential course at Manesar consist of five to six modules which include latest thinking in cultural management in areas such as strategic planning, project management, strategic finance and fund-raising, marketing, communication and Internet technologies. The modules will be led by a mix of Indian and international professional trainers and academicians and will be supplemented by expert guest lectures.