Call for Ideas



The U.S. Consulate General, Kolkata and Asian Confluence, are collaborating to implement a unique project that proposes to promote cultural collaborations amongst institutions, entities and individuals across the Indo-Pacific countries of India (emphasis on East and North East states), Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines, by means of organising a Conclave in Kolkata, West Bengal, India, followed by a Retreat at Shillong, Meghalaya, India. The project aims to have a unique interweaving of culture, history, literature, art forms and policy, strategy and negotiations to trigger policy discussions that help to promote a free, open, prosperous, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. Cultural performances, installations will directly influence the content and contour of the policy discussions and will be weaved round the sounds and flows that emerge out of the art and cultural presentations. It hopes to create an interface between art, culture and policy space so as to look, feel and touch beyond the usual spaces that policymakers engage with. In other words, the project will attempt to create a vision of the Indo-Pacific geography that connects the heart, mind and the senses.

Call for Ideas:

If you are an individual, or part of an institution or group that is engaged with art, culture, literature and other forms of artistic and creative expressions, we invite you to share your creative ideas with us on the overarching theme of “Reimagine and Reconnect: Indo-Pacific synergies through the lens of culture". The core idea of this call is to harness the power of art, culture and visuals as enablers of strategic dialogue and as a trigger for larger political and economic discussions, which in turn, will help strengthen the partnership vision for the Indo-Pacific region.
Applications are invited from the countries of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a conclave in Kolkata, India,  in 2022 exploring the role of cultural diplomacy in strengthening Indo-Pacific regional synergies.
The submissions must clearly explain how the proposed idea is relevant to and can trigger policy discussions on three broad focus areas of development for the Indo-Pacific region, viz. Economy, Governance, Security
Applications will be selected based on their alignment with the three key focus areas and strength of the idea in terms of its ability to trigger policy discussions, among other things
Please see the full call for Application Form and further  details. You can access the full call here:

Timeline for application/selection process:
• September 30, 2021: Deadline to submit completed application forms
• November 30, 2021: Notification of Selected Ideas
• December 15, 2021: Kick-off, Orientation and Discussion with groups and institutions selected for the project
For more information please contact:  Mr. Prithviraj Nath, Senior Fellow, Asian Confluence;; Ms. Sohini Das, Public Engagement Advisor, U.S. Consulate General, Kolkata;;
Note: All the proposed in-person sessions and activities under the project are subject to easing of pandemic -related restrictions and will be undertaken only if all relevant permissions are available with due considerations to health and safety related concerns.