Delhi welcomes different values and cultures with arms wide open as exemplified by the varied art and culture hubs in town that host regular events and activities all year round. If you’re looking for some inspiration, visit these buzzing cultural centres in Delhi to broaden your horizons and squeeze in a dose of culture while you’re at it!

1. India International Centre

The India International Centre (IIC) is one of the premier cultural institutes in Delhi where diplomats, intellectuals, scientists, writers & artists freely engage in discussions and various events in the spirit of international cooperation. IIC is well-known for holding various cultural programmes, film screenings, festivals and conferences throughout the year, so definitely keep checking their website for more!

Location | India International Centre - 40, Max Mueller Marg
Call Them | +91 11 2461 9431

Check Out Their Website | http://www.iicdelhi.nic.in/Home.aspx?TypeID=1030

2. India Habitat Centre

The India Habitat Centre was conceived in order to provide an environment where individuals and institutions could share a common synergy in diverse habitat-related topics. You can find many institutions having their offices in this complex. It hosts regular festivals, cultural programmes and events and has a number of popular restaurants within the complex (read the All American Diner). Don’t be surprised if you bump into some famous poets, theatre artists or musicians holding gigs at the venue!

Location | India Habitat Centre - Lodhi Road
Call Them | +91 11 2468 2001 & +91 11 4366 2054
Here’s Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/indiahabitatcenterdelhi/
Check Out Their Website | http://www.indiahabitat.org/index

3. India Islamic Cultural Centre

The main purpose of India Islamic Cultural Centre is to promote mutual understanding amongst the people of this country and to depict the true face of Islam which is tolerant, liberal, progressive and rational. IICC holds various talks, exhibitions, discussions, seminars and other literary and cultural programmes where various scholars and leaders of different cultures share a common platform.

Location | India Islamic Cultural Centre - 87-88, Lodhi Road
Call Them | +91 11 4353 5353/50

Check Out Their Website | http://www.iiccentre.com/index.php
Here’s Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/iiccdelhi/?ref=page_internal

4. Shri Ram Centre For Performing Arts

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This cultural institution is located in the Mandi House area which is one of the most active places for theatre in Delhi. The centre was built with the intent of promoting talent in the performing arts. It focuses on all aspects of Hindi dramatics and provides an international quality of performance & direction along with other globally recognised performing arts. It also runs acting courses through the innovations of Experimental Theatre, Musical Theatre, Literary Events, Puppet Theatre & Writers Workshop to nurture new talent.

Location | Shri Ram Centre For Performing Arts - 4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House Chowk
Call Them | +91 9599 947 637 & +91 11 2373 1112
Check Out Their Website | http://shriramcentre.org
Here’s Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/shriramcentre

5. Italian Cultural Centre

The Italian Cultural Centre is an institution of the Republic of Italy that works to facilitate the understanding of Italian culture and traditions in India. They organise lots of cultural events, language classes, art exhibitions and more to promote a healthy exchange of ideas, culture and traditions among the two countries.They house a library for the enrolled students and members and also offer private lessons!

Location | Italian Cultural Centre - Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, 50-E, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri
Call Them | +91 11 2687 1901/03/04

Check Out Their Website | http://www.iicnewdelhi.esteri.it/iic_newdelhi/en/istituto/chi_siamo
Here’s Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/IICNewDelhi/?ref=bookmarks

6. Alliance Francaise

Established in 1956, Alliance Francaise is an Indo-French cultural centre that majorly facilitates cultural transmissions between the two countries. The centre has an envious reputation for its French language classes, that are highly coveted and intensive! They also organise and curate many cultural events such as film screenings, art exhibitions and the like. Translation and interpretation facilities are also readily offered by the centre.

Locations | Alliance Francaise - Lodi Estate & DLF Phase-III, GGN
Call Them | +91 11 4350 0200

Check Out Their Website | http://delhi.afindia.org
Here’s Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/alliancefrdelhi

7. Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan

An institute fostered by the Federal Republic of Germany, it aims at promoting knowledge of the German language abroad and enhancing cultural cooperation. Named after the German indologist, Max Mueller, the centre wishes to aims its quest for a strong Indo-European cultural collaboration. They provide a comprehensive glimpse of German culture through these dedicated centres in various cities of India.

Location | Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan - 3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg
Call Them | +91 11 2347 1100

Check Out Their Website | https://www.goethe.de/ins/in/en/index.html
Here’s Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/maxmuellerbhavan.newdelhi

8. Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi

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Spanish is definitely one of the most popular spoken languages in the world and considering the number of Indian students interested in learning Spanish, it has the fastest growth rate as well. And to nurture the same, Instituto Cervantes has been offering their students a great language course taught by their highly professional and qualified staff. Spread across an area of more than 40,000 sq. feet, this cultural centre is a part of the Embassy of Spain as well!

Location | Instituto Cervantes - 48, Hanuman Road, CP
Call Them | +91 11 4368 1900
Check Out Their Website | http://nuevadelhi.cervantes.es/en/default.shtm
Here’s Their FB Page | https://www.facebook.com/InstitutoCervantesNuevaDelhi/

So, if you’re thinking of expanding your cultural horizons, head to any of these centres and indulge in the knowledge and experience of these varied cultures. You will be enriched through music, language, art and much more. Time to get your cultural quotient up!