The Italian Embassy Cultural Centre – Mumbai Section, or Istituto Italiano di Cultura (IIC) is part of a worldwide network of 83 Italian government offices located in all continents with a view to promoting Italian culture and civilization. IICs organize cultural events, offer courses of Italian language and civilization, facilitate contacts between Italian and local researchers and scholars and cooperate with local cultural organizations and academic institutions.
One of two such offices in India (along with New Delhi), the Istituto in Mumbai was established in 2013 and is located in South Mumbai, at Kemps Corner, in the beautiful Kanchanjunga Building, within the premises of the Consulate General of Italy.
The main mandate is to make Italian culture known to the society at large in South Western India through the organization of artistic, cultural and academic events, the provision of courses of Italian language and civilization and the dissemination of information about Italy and its society. The vast majority of the events they organize are entirely free and open to the public. With a few exceptions, all their events are conducted in the English language.
Promoting Italian culture in India also involves learning about Indian culture, and fostering cultural exchanges. In order to reach a wider community and a diversified audience, the Istituto regularly teams up with local cultural and academic institutions, as well as with the Italian community.