International Cultural Centres of Delhi, Edition 2

In this edition, we list down more International Cultural Centres in Delhi.

Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre

Established in 1978, the Delhi centre is Hungary’s oldest cultural centre in Asia. This is not so surprising considering that Indo-Hungarian relations date back to the eighteenth century. The renowned artist Amrita Shergil probably best exemplifies the depth of those cultural exchanges. Founded with the purpose of strengthening cultural, scientific and educational ties between the two countries, this centre has come to acquire quite a prestigious position in Delhi’s cultural circuit. They organise a variety of events like photo exhibitions, music festivals, theatre performances, and academic talks. Besides offering language courses, they facilitate and support academic exchanges between Hungarian and Indian University scholars.

Where: 1/A, Janpath Road, Near Claridges Hotel

Nearest Metro: Race Course Station (Exit from Gate no. 1)

For details visit: http://www.delhi.balassiintezet.hu/en/2011-11-08-22-53-21/

hungarian cultural centre

British Council

The British Council in Delhi serves to further cultural and educational ties between United Kingdom and India. They offer a range of English language courses meant for a diverse group of users like young learners, adults, special classes for corporate training, and IELTS takers. If commuting is a problem for you, worry not – they also provide online training. Their website hosts a repository of free English training material. Housed in a beautifully designed building they have a well stocked library. They organise regular workshops and disseminate information about scholarships for Indian students in the U.K. They are equally vibrant in organising cultural events like theatre and music performances, screening films, and photo exhibitions.

Where: 17, Kasturba Gandhi Marg

Nearest Metro: Barakhamba Road Station

For more details visit: https://www.britishcouncil.in/

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Italian Cultural Institute

The primary purpose of this centre is to facilitate dialogues and meetings amongst intellectuals, artists, and all personalities in the field of culture. It acts as the base for Italians and foreigners who want to engage more deeply with Italian culture. Apart from organising events in the field of art, music, cinema, theatre, dance, fashion, and photography, they provide language courses. This centre is a hub of networking for all those who are interested in establishing stronger ties with Italian Italian culture. While you are there, don’t miss the Diva Italian Café that this centre hosts. Run by the award winning Chef – Ritu Dalmia, this café serves classic Italian cuisine that ranges from their special wood fire oven pizzas, fresh antipasti, paninis, soups, paired with a huge collection of wines!

Where: 50 E, Chandragupta Marg (Entry from Nyaya Marg)

Nearest Metro: Race Course Station (Take an auto/taxi from there)

For details: http://www.iicnewdelhi.esteri.it/IIC_Newdelhi

Italian cultural centre

The Japan Foundation

If you are interested in learning more about Japan, this is just the place to begin your journey from. Set up in Delhi in 1994, the Japan Foundation has since then conducted several cultural events like music performances, traditional Japanese dances, photo exhibitions and intellectual talks. When you go there, do check out their Manga Café – where you can read from their huge collection of Manga. A Japanese art form, Manga is similar to what is popularly known as comics. In Japan however it is a very popular mode of entertainment for both children and adults.

Where: 5A, Ring Road, Lajpat Nagar IV.

Nearest Metro: Moolchand Station

For details visit: http://www.jfindia.org.in/

japan foundation

Ethiopian Cultural Centre

Inaugurated in 2013, this rather new centre is already making quite a splash amongst the people of Delhi, particularly the food lovers. ‘Blue Line’ is the centre’s in- house restaurant offering authentic Ethiopian delicacies which you won’t get easily in other parts of the city. Some of these include Doro Wet (Chicken cooked with special chili and onion sauce), Bregg alicha (Mutton cooked with onion, garlic, ginger and turmeric sauce), and Missir Kik (Red lentils cooked with special spice). Don’t miss their special coffee.  They also organise cultural events in various fields.

Where: 7/50 G, Niti Marg, Chanakya Puri

Nearest Metro: Race Course Station (Take an auto/taxi from there)

For details visit: http://www.ethiopianculturalcentredelhi.com/

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The Russian Centre of Science and Culture

Opened in 1978, the Russian centre is a dynamic institute of learning. They offer training in a variety of areas like classical ballet, piano, and fine arts. They host a Chess Academy that boasts of students like the youngest grandmaster on India Negi Parimaryan and Asian Champion Tania Sachdev. With several hundreds of members this is the go to place for anyone who is interested in honing their skills in Chess. Besides providing language courses, the centre houses a fine library with over 26,000 publications in English, Hindi and Russian. The centre fulfils its cultural role by organising events like photo exhibitions, photo documentaries, and dance programs every now and then.

Where: 24, Firoz Shah Road, Near Mandi House

Nearest Metro: Mandi House Station

For details visit: http://ind.rs.gov.ru

russian cultural centre

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