This conference played a key role in generating a framework for cultural understanding between India and Australia that capitalises on the strengths of the vibrant Indian diaspora in Australia, and addressed the following goals:
1. Mapping the history of Indian-Australians, and bringing the social-cultural as well as political issues faced by the vast array of people of Indian origin living in Australia to the discussion table.
2. Showcasing Indian-Australian artistic talent and facilitating arts policy to include more Indian-Australian voices in the mainstream.
3. Sharing research and stories that shed light on the benefits of inter-cultural dialogue, and hurdles encountered in facilitating the same.
Plenaries and panels covered critical community and creative perspectives. The event also covered themes related to Critical Perspectives on Gender and Migration, Indian-Australian Literature in the Asian Century and Diasporic media and film beyond Bollywood.