In July 2012 Kochi Muziris Biennale hosted an evening seminar address the socio-cultural benefits of a Biennale exhibition. It is an exciting time for Kochi’s cultural history as the city begins to witness an increase in creative activity gradually transforming Kochi into a cultural hub.

In exploring the significance of a large scale cultural project in India and potential socio-cultural impacts we sought to gain a wider perspective of cultural organisations operating in India today. A local perspective from Muziris Heritage Project; a national perspective from established projects Lalit Kala Academy, Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum; an international perspective from the cultural diplomacy bodies of other nations.

The invited audiences were local leaders from the fields of business, government, military, education and the arts, we heard a range of perspectives which was then followed by the opportunity to question and debate in the immediate context of Kochi and Kochi’s investment in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale.