Accessible Arctic is a world class exhibit curated by the Canadian Museum of Nature which has previously traveled to London, Belgium, Stockholm, Port of Spain, Riga (Latvia), Warsaw, Sydney, Berlin, Bucharest, Wellington, Santo Domingo, Washington, D.C, Seoul among others. On the occasion of Canada Day on 1st July and to mark India’s entry into the Arctic Council of countries, the Consulate General of Canada brings this internationally renowned exhibit to India. Accessible Arctic initiates High Street Phoenix’s latest property, World Wednesday which aims to showcase various cultures of the world to the average Mumbaikar.
Commenting on the association and rejoicing the launch of World Wednesday, Mr. Rajendra Kalkar, Senior Centre Director, High Street Phoenix opined, “We have been overwhelmed with our successful partnership with the British and Japanese consulates in the past and are quite optimistic about this new initiative. We have been appreciated for our infrastructure and positioning as a mall with world class services and events, and World Wednesday through Accessible Arctic shall take us a step further. We aim to create new experiences by showcasing rich culture of different nations of the world, brought together under our roof.”
On staging the exhibit to India, Richard Bale, Consul General of Canada in Mumbai¸ said “To many, the Arctic is a distant and mysterious place. We are excited to work with High Street Phoenix to bring the incredible people and landscapes of the North closer to Mumbaikars. The timing of this exhibit marks India’s newly granted observer status at the Arctic Council recognizing, among other things,
India’s demonstrated Arctic interests and expertise. Canada as Chair of the Arctic Council welcomes India to this important global body.”
The photo exhibits, part of the “Accessible Arctic”, are the property of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. It is an exhibit featuring a cross-section of photographers who have contributed to Canadian Geographic, a magazine which showcases some of the most iconic photography of Canada’s Arctic.
This collection has been specifically chosen from images published in the past 80 years to bring the north closer to everyone. Photographs range from flowers to fields of grazing caribou to icebergs and polar bears that will provide an insight into the extreme and distant land which is the Arctic.
In Mumbai, Canada is represented by the Consulate General of Canada, Mumbai. Canada and India have longstanding bilateral relations, built upon shared traditions of democracy, pluralism and strong interpersonal connections with an Indian diaspora of more than one million in Canada. This expanding bilateral relationship is supported by a wide range of agreements and by PM Singh and PM Harper’s commitment to increase annual bilateral trade to $15 billion by 2015. Canada’s priorities in India include infrastructure, energy, food, education, science and technology. India is an important source country for immigration to Canada.
About High Street Phoenix:
High Street Phoenix (HSP) is the first retail led consumption centre developed in India over a sprawling 3.3 million square feet. It houses over 500 brands including a variety of F&B, entertainment, commercial and residential complexes. Pioneered by The Phoenix Mills Co. Ltd., HSP is led by its young, dynamic Managing Director, Atul Ruia and his team of professionals. A pioneer & one of the renowned leading developers of leading mixed use projects; The Phoenix Mills Co. Ltd. has a presence in 13 cities across country. The brand has introduced some of India’s finest retail led mixed-use developments like Phoenix Marketcity in Kurla, Pune, Bangalore & Chennai. At HSP, each zone has been specifically conceptualized and designed to offer an international experience and as an answer to emerging urban agglomerations typically defined as ‘mixed-use developments’. The centre houses 3 distinct shopping zones viz. Skyzone, Grand Galleria and High Street Units (HSU). The multi-leveled Skyzone boasts of anchor stores of leading national and international brand retail outlets. The Grand Galleria caters to impulse shoppers and is connected to PVR Cinema’s 2000 seater 7 digital screens multiplex.
Popularly known as the heart of HSP, ‘Courtyard’ – true to its name, presents the perfect platform for celebration and festivities. Completing this picture is an array of eateries that surround it. With a variety of first-of-its-kind retail stores, flagship stores and international brands under its umbrella HSP is hard to resist. The centre today stands as testament to mixed used development and is a unique destination with a wide variety of choices to appeal to all segments of the consumer across the board. HSP has added one of Mumbai’s, first luxury and premium luxury retail and entertainment destination, appropriately christened, ‘Palladium’. Palladium has, in a short span of time become an iconic landmark not only for Mumbai but for the entire country and offers four levels of exclusive shopping in an atmosphere of extraordinary sophistication and refinement all under one elegant roof.
The centre also has an expanded car park area making it one of the biggest car pool areas in Mumbai clocking on average of nearly 6,000 vehicles each day.