A star studded evening welcoming the Australian cricket team who were in the city for the One Day International (ODI) matches that were played against India in September - October 2017.
Australian captain Steven Smith presented a Team autographed jersey to the Australian Consul General in Chennai. Cricket bats autographed by the Team were also presented to the Consulate for a charity auction.
Two of Australia’s leading science communicators Dr Graham Walker and Dr Stuart Kohlhagen from the Australian National University, Canberra enthralled audiences in Bangalore and Chennai with exciting experiments, brain rattling explosions, mind bending science and quizzical theories from the exciting world of Science.
The workshops were a celebration of the wonder science with audiences thinking, laughing, questioning and learning complex concepts of Physics and Chemistry using simple household items like eggs, vacuum cleaners, balloons and much more.
Dr Graham Walker and Dr Stuart Kohlhagen were in India on a nine-city tour from 13-23 June.
Following successful Film Showcases in Chennai and Hyderabad, the Australian Consulate-General, Chennai in partnership with the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy, INOX, SAE Institute and Tourism Australia hosted the third edition of the Australian Film Showcase in Bengaluru from 12-14 May 2017.
Renowned Australian actor and producer Bryan Brown and Nelson Woss, Producer of the Red Dog films were guests of honour for the Showcase.
The Showcase featured a range of recent popular films including ‘Lion’ (2016), The Dressmaker (2015); Force of Destiny (2015) - partially filmed in Kerala; Red Dog (2011); The Sapphires (2012); Swerve (2012) and, in honour of Bryan Brown, a retrospective of his classic ‘Dirty Deeds’ (2002). Bryan Brown and Nelson Woss also visited a local film school in Bangalore and a participated in a Film Collaboration workshop with leading film producers in Bangalore.
The Australian Consulate-General, Chennai commemorated ANZAC Day with a Dawn Service at the Madras War Cemetery on Tuesday 25 April 2017.
Every year on ANZAC Day (25 April), Australians gather at services and ceremonies around the world to commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of men and women who have served their nation in times of war and conflict. This day marks the landing of Australian troops on the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey in April 1915.
Australian Consul-General Sean Kelly remarked that “ANZAC Day is an opportunity to reflect and honour the heroism, tenacity and resilience of the men and women who have served their country”.
Australia’s Paper Pilots, Dylan Parker and James Norton, recently met with school children in Chennai to offer a crash course in paper plane making and flying as part of the “Engage Youth” initiative of the Australian High Commission.
Dylan and James, who founded “The Paper Pilots” in 2008, to educate and inspire students across Australia, use the simple concept of paper planes to explain the science of flight and encourage students to develop problem solving skills to design the perfect paper plane. Their true life story inspired the 2015 Australian hit family film “Paper Planes” directed by Robert Connolly.
As part of the visit to the schools the Paper Pilots conducted paper plane making workshops for students after the screening the film “Paper Planes”. The film deals with themes which resonate with a young audience, including negotiating with peers, dealing with bullies, being sportsman like and dreaming big.
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Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a young Sudanese Australian author and recipient of the 2015 Queensland Young Australian of the Year award visited Chennai as part of Australia’s cultural diplomacy agenda. Yassmin advocates for the empowerment of youth, women and those from racially, culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Yassmin is also the founder and chair of an Australia based organisation ‘Youth Without Borders’, an organisation that empowers young people to realise their full potential through collaborative, community based programs. Yassmin’s India tour included a presentation at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (15-17 Jan), Jaipur Literature Festival (18-23 Jan) and outreach programs at various colleges in Chennai.
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The Australian Consul-General hosted the first ever formal Australia Day celebrations in Bangalore on 9 January 2017. A host of high level dignitaries, including: the Chair of Biocon and Australian Global Alumni Ambassador Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw; National Chair of the Australia-India Business Council Ms Sheba Nandkeolyar; and cricketing legend Mr Michael Kaspowitz joined the Australia Day celebrations in Bangalore.
The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) was formed in 2011 and features an all Australian symphony orchestra composed of some of the most successful Australian musicians from leading orchestras including the Berlin, Vienna and Israel Philharmonic orchestras, the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Chicago and London Symphony orchestras.
The AWO was invited to tour India by the great Indian conductor, Zubin Mehta, following his performances in Australia with the orchestra in 2013.
The concert in Chennai, conducted by Maestro Mehta, featured music by Mozart, Rossini and Brahms, with a special guest performance by Australian soprano Greta Bradman, granddaughter of Australian cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman.
The Australian Consul-General to South India Mr Sean Kelly, Australian Trade and Investment Minister the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP and Dr Preetha Reddy, Managing Director Apollo Hospitals at the welcome dinner for the Australian World Orchestra and Maestro Zubin Mehta
The Australian Trade and Investment Minister the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP with Australian Celebrity Chef Adam D’Sylva who designed the menu for the Australian World Orchestra welcome dinner.
The Australian Trade and Investment Minister the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP interacting with a researcher at the Indian Institute of Technology- Madras Research Park.
The Australian Trade and Investment Minister the Hon Andrew Robb AO MP at the concert by the Australian World Orchestra led by Maestro Zubin Mehta at the Madras Music Academy on 28 October 2015.
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