The Fundação Oriente carries out cultural and artistic activities in India with, for historical and cultural reasons, special emphasis on the State of Goa.
The Fundação Oriente’s delegation in India was established in Panjim, Goa in 1995. It carries out its work in association with several Indian institutions, especially the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), in addition to other governmental, academic and religious bodies at different levels.
The annual programme of activities in India is drawn up considering the different areas of activity: support for teaching Portuguese, at Goa and Daman secondary schools; support to conserve architectural heritage; support for historical and artistic research by awarding short-term and long-term scholarships to Indian and Portuguese researchers; support for cultural events by organising concerts and exhibitions by Indian and Portuguese artists. This also includes exchange visits by artists between the two countries; occasional support for performing arts such as music, theatre and dance and support in promoting books or subsidies for publication; co-operation with other institutions to organise seminars, conferences and other events;
The Fundação Oriente’s delegation is located in the most traditional neighbourhood in Panjim – Bairro das Fontainhas – and occupies an old building with Indo-Portuguese architecture that was purchased and restored for the specific purpose of housing the delegation.
The ground floor houses a small temporary exhibition gallery, the library, and a Cyber Café.