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Her Majesty kicks off UK-India Year of Culture with giant peacock

On Monday evening, Her Majesty hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace to kick off the UK-India Year of Culture with the help of a giant peacock projection that covered the face of the palace.


The British Council and Indian High Commission commissioned the art projection representing India’s national bird.

Alan Gemmell OBE, British Council Director India spoke of the unique piece of art: “It isn’t every day that you have the opportunity to project an image onto the façade of Buckingham Palace. The peacock, both regal and dramatic, is the perfect metaphor for a year of incredible cultural events connecting UK and India. By using traditional motifs in a cool and contemporary way, Carrom have come up with a stunning image for one of the world’s most iconic facades. We hope it will delight Londoners and make them curious to find out more.”

The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Earl of Wessex, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent for the reception that marks a year of events happening in both India and United Kingdom.


Studio Carrom, who was hired to create the projection said: “We wanted to ensure people knew this was about India, but which would also surprise and intrigue people, encouraging them to follow the UK/India Year of Culture. It needed to be cool and contemporary as well as referencing India’s rich cultural heritage. We were drawn to the idea of performance and dance as it encompasses different people and traditions that make India such a diverse and unique country.”

The art piece, as described in a press release is imagined as “an eye-catching image of a peacock with its tail fanned across the façade. Within the feathers, dancing figures can be seen. The peacock is India’s national bird and an iconic motif representing both India and performance. This image is also reminiscent of Indian fireworks, a symbol of celebration and festivities.”

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