Final Sudirman Cup 2017 Community Ambassadors event in Brisbane

Asian Community leaders from across South East Queensland came together to receive a final briefing on the TOTAL BWF Sudirman Cup 2017 to be held on the Gold Coast from May 21-28, 2017.
The Sudirman Cup is the world’s premier mixed badminton championships and the historic Gold Coast event marks the first time it has been held in Australia.
Over 100 leaders were in attendance at the Queensland Multicultural Centre representing a number of participating teams including China, India, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka and Vietnam.
Community Ambassadors were inducted and briefed on tournament history, match schedules and ticketing and the special guest on the night was Rosy Tang, a former Olympic bronze medallist for China who also won a Commonwealth Games bronze medal for Australia in mixed doubles.
In an interview Tang said: “One of the happiest moments in my life was winning a Sudirman Cup gold medal.” She added:  “I’m so thrilled that the Sudirman Cup has come to Queensland and that so many enthusiastic leaders are here tonight to support the event.”
The Community Ambassador program is managed by Red Elephant, the Sudirman Cup marketing and communications partner, who sourced them from a number of sectors including community organisations, sport, business and education with the aim of building awareness and engagement outcomes for the event.
Patrick Skene, Executive Director of Red Elephant said: “Events are successful because people get behind them and there was great energy and passion in the room tonight.”
More than 500 million people worldwide are expected to tune in to watch the BWF TOTAL Sudirman Cup 2017 when it is hosted at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure centre in Carrara from 21-28 May 2017.
For more information visit  www.sudirmancup.com.au
Register for the Badminton fan club:
Buy tickets to the Sudirman Cup 2017 tournament:
Tickets:  www.ticketek.com.au (search Sudirman Cup)
Group Tickets: tickets@redelephantprojects.com
( More than 25 tickets and Corporate Hospitality tickets)
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For more information contact:
Dee Raghavan – Red Elephant

Taipei: a city of culture, creativity, and continuous growth.

Taipei: a city of culture, creativity, and continuous growth.

The Republic of China (ROC) National Celebration is the national day of Taiwan, also known as ten-ten as it is held on 10th October every year. Our international press group was invited by President Tsai Ing-wen to attend the ROC National Celebration of 2016, and between the dates of October 9-14,

We had been taken to see all of Taipei’s technological and cultural wonders. A small island spanning 36,000 square kilometers, Taipei is one of the leading developers of transportation, architecture and manufacturing.
We reached Taiwan before dawn, traversing the highways on the outskirts of Taipei, and with the first rays of light we reached the city. We were greeted with the magnificent sight of the Taipei Tower, an introduction to the many architectural marvels of the city. Taipei’s conceptual structures draw inspiration from western, Japanese, and traditional southern styles, creating a unique blend that represents Taiwan’s identity. Visually, Taipei is a mostly grey city, with modern architectural designs attributable to Aboriginal, Asian and Western influences, painting the city with occasional splashes of color.

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Another distinctive feature of Taiwan’s culture is their attitude towards food, noticeable in its variety of eateries ranging from cheap market stalls to high end restaurants. Even buffet spreads in hotels consist of culinary displays prepared by master chefs with artistic flair. Portions are small but many; a single meal will contain around 12 courses, with the occasional soups and palate-cleansers. Our group has visited the Raohe Night Market, the lunchrooms at the Sheraton Grande Taipei Hotel, and Silk Palace at the National Palace Museum, and we have feasted on over a hundred dishes, from the plain to the aesthetically pleasing. There is food for the more adventurous- an assortment of noodles served with jellyfish and lacy mushrooms. There are also less overwhelming dishes like western fast foods, and typical Asian meals. The dining experience Taiwan offers is an amalgamation of several cultural palates and is well worth a trip to the country.
Taiwan’s official status as a democracy began in 1996, and has since then promoted freedom of press and religion, separating its beliefs from other Chinese-speaking countries. To be given a full rundown of Taiwan’s latest news, our group was brought to two of Taiwan’s newly created digital agencies: Storm Media (2014) and The News Lens (2013). These agencies boast their unbiased and independent news coverage, compared to traditional Taiwanese newspapers, which are often affiliated with political parties.
The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) along with Tsai Ing-wen, the current President of Taiwan, are working to match domestic regulations with the standards of international organizations like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP). It is believed that this move will benefit Taiwan economically if they can gain membership with the TTP. The United States can be of assistance, as it is Taiwan’s ally and their 9th largest trading partner. However, the strained relationship between Taipei and Beijing may pose an issue, as the US’ main priority is stability within the Taiwan Strait.


Tourism is of great importance as it contributes a third of Taiwan’s GDP (about $16 billion USD), with visitors coming in from neighboring countries, particularly China, Japan, Hong Kong, and Korea. The previous year has seen a fall in tourists of about 30% in mainland Taiwan. Considering this fact, Taiwan is making attempts to increase the volume of tourism by 15-20%, raising the number of tourists to 15 million in a span of 5 years, as divulged by Eric Lin, Taiwan’s Director of International Affairs, Ministry of Transportation and Communication. New routes have been added from Chicago and Houston, as well as package deals tying trips to Hong Kong with Taiwan, to try to include the country on the minds of visitors to Southeast Asia. Tourists who are citizens of the US, Canada and most European countries do not need visas to enter Taiwan, so restrictions were recently relaxed for citizens of ASEAN (Associations of Southeast Asian Nations).
Being a leader in technology, manufacturing, and performing arts, Taiwan fosters creation and innovation, providing a large platform for all to display their talents: the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, with an impressive size that covers the length of six football fields. It was opened in 1939 as the country’s first modernized tobacco factory, and to provide a cheerful atmosphere for workers living onsite, the facility was designed with large windows, bathhouses, parks and gardens decorated with fountains. These features are now in use to host banquets, fashion shows, film shootings, conference seminars and art exhibitions.
The Taiwan Excellence Pavilion is also a hub for creativity, housing 120 of 523 award-winning products that serve various purposes- technology, sports, creation, leisure and telecommunications. The Gogoro Global Experience Center also promotes Taiwan’s technological prowess, with its aim to facilitate urban density with smart technology. Evidence of their efforts are seen in the Center’s smart scooters, which are fitted with 80 sensors, monitored by a central control system, and deriving power from a battery swap system.
Despite the many meetings we engaged in throughout the course of this visit, our group had made time to appreciate Taiwan’s beauty. A trip to the Palace Museum taught us of the country’s rich history and millennia old cultural artifacts. A climb through a sub-tropical forest led us to the outdoor U-theatre, where the sounds of the performances and nature merged in harmony.
We ventured to the Sun Moon Lake in the mountains of Nantou close to Taiwan’s geographical center, also known as the heart of Taiwan. It is a popular tourist attraction for vacationers and honeymooners, with boat tours circling the lake, gondola rides that carry visitors to the Formosan Aboriginal Culture Village in the mountains.
We were brought to the Liberty Square, where we took in the sights of the memorial holding the statue of Chiang Kai-shek in front of us, flagged by the National Theater and Concert Hall on either side.


Our last stop was the Taipei Financial Centre, also called Taipei 101. Taipei 101 is one of the city’s many landmarks, standing as one of the tallest skyscrapers in the world next to Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and other superstructures. With an assembly of luxury shops on the ground floor, and a fast-speed elevator ride to the top to grace visitors with a 360-degree view, the Taipei 101 is a must-see for all. The structure merges Asian traditions with modern technology, and is notable for its eco-friendly construction. Before leaving, we had dinner at Din Tai Fung Dumpling House, considered the best Chinese dumpling restaurant, which is located at the base of Taipei 101. The restaurant grants guests a view of the dumpling making process through a glass partition.
Throughout our visit to Taiwan, we became enriched with the knowledge of the country, its culture and its constant move towards further development. Not only does the country visually stimulate visitors with its beauty, it also inspires many with its constant pursuit for growth and improvement.

Reena Augustine WIBAA 2017 WINNER

Reena Augustine was invited to the launch of the new nominations for women in Business Awards
After meeting so many inspirational women entrepreneurs, she walked away with this important lesson: “
You Must Find Your Voice and Vision.”

“A woman with entrepreneurial aspirations must make herself heard. If you don’t speak up, you won’t go anywhere, and no one will see your vision – including (probably) you yourself,” Reena explained.

She is truly an inspirational woman

MULTICULTURAL DINNER A HUGE SUCCESS

Posted by Website Admin | Mar 7, 2017 | Brisbane News, Photo Galleries

“The Red Carpet Functions hosted a very successful multicultural dinner, in an amazing display of unifying the different cultural groups in Brisbane. Our performances included the musical talents of Prakruthi Mysore Gururaj, the beautiful designs on Amina Bilal Pira and Athan Jon were featured in our fashion parade.”

http://www.indiannewsqld.com.au/multicultural-dinner-a-huge-success/

RCF Multicultural Fashion Show: Queensland designers, models on show

Red Carpet Functions

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The Red Carpet Multicultural Fashion Show is not only intended to exhibit our culture and traditional wear; it is also a platform for people of all sizes and cultures to express their confidence and shine on the catwalk. You do not have to fit the stereotypical model heights of 6 feet, or wear sizes 6-8 clothing to model for RCF. We are all beautiful in our own ways, and we should be able feel welcomed on the runway.
Read about how our last Fashion Show incorporated Tanzanian-born designer, Amina Hunt’s label “Tuntifady Designs”, featured clothing that “embraces both African and Australian style, using colour and practical design to cater for a wide range of clients, regardless of size or cultural background.”

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/rcf-multicultural-fashion-show-queensland-designers-models-on-show/news-story/f321b3467b3be8e49f68f6bc5c48f588

Moments with Reena-Rob Rombout Film maker and teacher

 

 

Rob Rombout, born in Amsterdam in 1953, is a filmmaker and a teacher. Since 1988, he has taught Sint Lukas (LUCA) in Brussels. He has also been a professor at INSAS , RITS , at the University Paris 8 and at Marc Bloch, Strasbourg. He is the co-founder of the international documentary master: “Doc-Nomads” bringing together students from all over the world. The program is split into several global institutions. Rob Rombout also leads workshops around the world (Brazil, Vietnam, China, Canada, United States, Lebanon …)

Since L’homme who said too much in 1985, he has produced about fifteen documentaries, many of which have been awarded. Inparticular, between Two Towers (1987), Perm-Mission (1999), The Trap of Kerguelen (2000), Amsterdam via Amsterdam (co made with Rogier van Eck), Queen Mary 2 , Birth of a Legend Stories (2012) which tells of a journey through the cities Amsterdam in the United States.

The majority of these films reflect his taste for travel and his fascination for the sea. He is currently making a film about the Dutch writer Robert van Gulik (On the Trail of Robert van Gulik, 2015, 87 min).

Rob Rombout was a member of the commission “Brouillon d’une rêve” (SCAM Paris) and of the Commission of the Brussels Audiovisual Center, the VAF (Vlaams Audiovisual Fund), but also vice-president of the Belgian SCAM Committee From 1998 to 2005, and from 2009 to 2013.

Rob Rombout giving a workshop

Moments with Interview–Ashutosh Gowarikar Film director

 

So yeah this happened , everyone who knows me knows how much of a Bollywood freak I am , so having the opportunity to meet and interview Ashutosh Gowariker was beyond words.

it takes one tiny interaction with a the Founder and Artistic Director of Indian International Film Festival of Queensland(IIFFOQ), Mr. Chayan who is an independent film maker of Indian origin living in Australia to realize that India’s heart only beats for Bollywood

Ashutosh Gowariker (born 15 February 1964) is an Indian film director, actor, writer and producer. He is known for directing the films “set on a huge canvas while boasting of an opulent treatment”.[1] His works include Lagaan (2001), Swades (2004), Jodhaa Akbar (2008), What’s Your Raashee(2009), Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Sey (2010) and Mohenjo Daro (2016). He was chosen as a voting member for the Academy Awards in 2005.[2][3] He returned to acting by playing the lead role in the critically acclaimed dramedy Ventilator (2016).

An actor who took up directing after almost a decade, Ashutosh Gowariker is one of those rare people who take the path less taken and, although it was a rough going, he is now one of India’s elite directors

The Lady who has a RED smile -by Ashutosh Raina

http://www.indusage.com.au/the-lady-who-has-a-red-smile/

Red Carpet Functions & its dynamic leader: Reena Augustine

By Ashutosh Raina

Reena Augustine is the most remarkable young lady you may be fortunate enough to meet. And you surely will meet her in most of the Brisbane events, as a guest, MC or a participant!

Coming to Australia from India as a student, she is now an Australian Citizen and has a deep and lasting love for Brisbane. She has gone on to support community events for over six years volunteering her time, energy and goodwill along the way and continues to do so in her role as also the Lions Club Medical Research Personality Quest (LMPQ) 2016-2017. With a background of including and caring for everyone, the selection of Reena in ambassadorial role was an easy one for

the club to make. She supports people in so many ways by offering her services free of charge for the community as a photographer, event organiser, stage manager, model handler and many more.

Reena works as a migration lawyer in her business, Migration Net, She runs several businesses wearing several hats along the way with each one either bringing people together or providing a service or common cause to help others, while organising fashion shows and events, and doubles up as a charity worker and so much more.

She, in 2015,  produced Brisbane’s first multicultural fashion show, uniting over 500 people and many communities to produce a three-hour spectacular, and plans are already underway for 2016’s showcase.

Another project of Reena is ‘Moments With Reena’ which is a show interviewing prominent and motivational people of Brisbane to inspire viewers to achieve things in their own lives and, most importantly, offering encouragement to give back to the community as she does.

Reena is also managing the programming for Radio 4EB Indian Programming Group’s (IPG) “Namaste World – A Multi-Cultural Carnival“, to be held on 6th August, 2016 from 11 am till 8 pm, at Rocklea Showgrounds, and is going to be the marquee event for the diverse communities in Queensland. More details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/281861862151578/

Red Carpet Functions, the event management business of hers, has a “Cocktail Evening” booked in for August 12 at the chic & boutique style Melange Cafe in picturesque Roma Street Parklands. This is her first event of the year with a percentage of the night being graciously donated to the cause. Live on stage will be Brisbane Sound duo Lee Heron & Aras, with Lee later performing a solo set. Lee has sung at numerous functions and has a voice that many think is Elvis but will be singing other songs too in an evening of continuous entertainment. The event also boasts a fashion show with 4 designers and 24 of Brisbane’s most beautiful multicultural models walking on the night to showcase the many talents of Brisbane. Tickets for the event are just $25 + booking fee and can be located on the Red Carpet Functions Facebook page under their events tab. The online booking process is very straightforward and easy to complete. More details can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/RedCarpetFunctions/

Speaking exclusively to Indus Age, Reena had this to share; ‘It is always a beautiful thing to bring fashion and music together – the two go hand in hand, but to tie both in with the Lions Club and the fundraising campaign is something even more special. It will be a truly amazing evening.’

“We thank the readers of Indus Age, in advance, for your continuous support of this wonderful and amazing young lady”, Miss Reena Augustine. (https://www.facebook.com/reena.augustine)

For any additional info, and if you know of any such personality in Queensland, and want Australia to know about them, do get in touch with us:

Ashu – 0403208908

info@knowledgepartnerp.com / ashutosh.raina@gmail.com

Showcasing the countries at the Multicultural Mayor’s Dinner

Showcasing with a selection of the models who work with us. So many smiles and funny moments along the way. A big thank you to everyone for making the journey a happy and memorable one and here’s to many more happy times. 14102235_1779235435690184_446480352649150617_n

Multicultural Watch-Moments With Reena- Aunty Flo

14067546_1772405209704553_1690422019640837425_nMoments With Reena Interview – Auntie Flo Watson (OAM) Aboriginal Elder

Earlier this month, Moments With Reena had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Aboriginal Elder and OAM Auntie Flo Watson in her home, in Brisbane. This woman’s workload is remarkable with her resume really needing to be split into chapters rather than mere pages.

As an Elder, Auntie Flo belongs to the Ghunghanghi People of Yarrabah, North Qld and is a traditional owner. She also Also affiliates with the Kuku-yelangi people of Laura/Maytown, Palmer River area and the Wulguru Kaba people of Magnetic Island near Townsville.

With a background in community work from a very early age, Flo received the OAM in 2015 for her services to the Indigenous Communities of Queensland. Whilst she is very proud of her achievement and recognition, she has not rested on her laurels and is still pushing ahead continuing her sterling work.

She works in a great number of roles with skills across so many areas it is hard to list them all here. From consulting on Indigenous government projects to production of information CD-Rom’s to organising and MC’ing events, her effort is always 100% from the heart in all that she does. She has even been an Executive Producer on the television documentary; “Yarrabah, the Mission Years”.

Combining her knowledge and cultural background has seen Flo work in the education sector also where she has facilitated forums such as “A Study of Rural and Remote Disability Employment Assistance” focussing on Indigenous communities.

To anyone who has organised an event you will know the sheer scale and volume of work attached but she continues to produce time and time again. It is not a throwaway line when we say she has too many to list here because she truly does.

Some of the consultancy Flo has undertaken includes the facilitation of Indigenous Cultural Awareness Training, with the following organisations:

• Legal Aid Qld;
• Brisbane City Council;
• Tourism Qld
• Crime and Misconduct Commission
• Department of Mines and Natural Resources;
• Department of Primary Industries;
• National Native Title Tribunal;
• Telstra;
• Department of Immigration and Indigenous Affairs;
• Australian Bureau of Statistics;
• Australian Hearing Services;
• Department of Communities;
• Australian Customs Service;
• Department of Child Safety
• Indigenous Community Volunteers
• Tamrock Sanding (South Africa); and
• Department of Employment Training and Youth Affairs (now DEEWR).
When speaking with us it was clear her husband of many years, Ron, was a great support and clearly loved her deeply. It is this type of love and support which is irreplaceable to Flo when she is driving forward with the work which she does.

When asked to name a highlight over her many years of community service she didn’t pause and answered instantly; ‘I walk down the street and people will stop and say hello Auntie Flo. It is so nice to be recognised and remembered as these are people who have attended functions where I have spoken. Even after many years they still remember me.’

One thing that we noticed (and we are sure others will too) is that her passion and drive remain firmly in the same place they were when she began. She is striving to deliver a better world for everyone and pushing to improve the local Brisbane and wider reaching community. The crew of Moments With Reena were amazed and blessed to be around her.

Flo has sat and still sits on several boards with distinction and again, there are actually too many to list here. Her responsibility as an Aboriginal Elder is one which commands respect but at no time does she ever abuse this position choosing to focus only on helping others.

We simply cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful lady. Her attention to helping everyone around her is second to none and a joy to see and hear of.

It is people like Flo who truly light up the world around us and we would again like to thank her and her husband for inviting us into their home and in speaking with us.

Auntie Flo, you are a beautiful ray of sunshine and we wholeheartedly hope you keep spreading your smile around Brisbane for many, many years to come.