Art needs patronage, it needs encouragement, sustenance and consistent support, so ideas and inspiration can be realised. The Kochi-Muziris Biennale for one is such a vast undertaking of such immense proportions that it would be impossible to do without so many people, resources and great reserves of faith. One of the best examples of the faith rested on the Kochi Biennale Foundation is the support provided by our Patrons LuLu Group International and its Chairman Mr. Yusuff Ali. On 10 October, at a press meeting at the Ernakulam Press Club, Mr. Ali’s team bestowed the Foundation with the exceptionally generous donation for 2018. Mr. Ali’s statement of support for the Biennale said: ““I appeal that everyone should help, support and promote this international event that is happening in our state and bringing so many visitors and accolades for Kerala and for our country. When the Ruler of Sharjah first landed in Kerala, the desire of His Highness was to meet the organizers of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale which is attracting great attention from all over the world. Before leaving Kerala, His Highness made it a point to meet Mr. Bose Krishnamachari, the President of KBF. On different occasions, while attending international events, I have personally heard people speak very highly of our Biennale. KBF has succeeded in giving our present and future generations an international event to be extremely proud of. Personally and on behalf of our Group, I assure my continued support to this great event happening in my Kerala state”. To represent Mr. Ali at the function, Lulu Group Director Nishad M A, its Manager V.Peethambaran, Commercial Manager Sadik Kassim and Media Co-ordinator N B Swaraj were present to congratulate Kochi Biennale Foundation (KBF) President Bose Krishnamachari, and Secretary Riyas Komu.