Bridging businesses and building relationships across cultures. A happy client from Northern Ireland, a happy team from India, all together enjoying a night out in an Irish pub in India. The pints of Murphys, Irish fries and Stew were flowing. Business can be fun too.
Delighted to be featured on my first magazine cover, in this months Chennai Define City Guide. Interviews with ex-pats on their lives in Chennai, in 2003 I first arrived in Chennai to volunteer with Little Lambs School setup by Maria Gislen. Next year we will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the school building we fundraised for between 2003-2006.
Photographer and cross-cultural projects manager Áine Edwards came to India on her first trip some 16 years ago, volunteering to help a cousin set up his software firm. And then, three years ago, Googling to find connections between India and Ireland, she found there were hardly any. Yet, she knew Indians were going to Ireland. “We have a lot of common history, but it seemed as if it was wafting away.” Fascinated with the idea of fostering cultural exchange and building ties, Áine, a photographer, brought painters Victor Richardson, Maeve Mcmanamon, Dorothee Roberts, Carol Booth and ceramicist Sara Roberts, together for Contrasts. This venture was supported by Culture Ireland and the Irish Embassy at New Delhi. Honorary Consul General of Ireland in Chennai, Rajeev Mecheri, optimistic for the two countries coming closer on this platform, said “Art and culture is fundamental to any society.”