India and Israel signed a cultural agreement for the year 2020-23 to strengthen people-to-people exchanges on August 20 2020. The India-Israel Cultural Agreement was signed by Sanjeev Singla, India’s Ambassador to Israel and Gabi Ashkenazi, Israel’s Foreign Minister.
India-Israel Cultural Agreement – Key Points
- The agreement outlines a three-year programme of cooperation to further strengthen their strategic bilateral relations.
- The agreement will contribute to the development of their relations and to raising awareness, particularly among youth, of the history and culture of the people of both countries.
- The programme of cooperation between India and Israel is based on the cultural agreement signed between them on May 18, 1993.
- The agreement identified some areas of cultural ties which includes the exchange of culture and art experts, performing art festivals, plastic arts, photography and design, architecture, museums and exhibitions, music, dance, dance and theatre by enabling annual visits of experts, artists, producers and curators, organising literary fests and book fairs, promoting the translation of famous works in each other’s languages and encouraging cooperation in the protection of cultural heritage and archaeology with the help of Archaeological Survey of India and Israel Antiquities Authority (IIA).
- Other areas includes student exchanges through scholarships, devising youth exchange programmes, encouraging participation of films and film-makers in each other’s international film festivals and encouraging sports-related interaction among youth.
- Emphasis has been given on cooperation in cinema and audio-visual with both countries working towards a co-production that was agreed upon in 2018 when Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu visited India.
- Holding film weeks of the other side’s country in their own country will be encouraged.
- Both the countries will jointly promote the translation of contemporary prose, poetry and other literary works into the language of the other side. They will also support the participation of poets and writers in festivals and literary events.
- Both sides agreed to encourage direct contacts between book publishers and national libraries.