My Cup of Tea

Chai and the City final celebration – 24 March 2018

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‘Chai (pronounced as a single syllable and rhymes with ‘pie’) is the word for tea in many parts of the world.

Chai from India is a spiced milk tea that has become increasingly popular throughout the world. It is generally made up of:

rich black tea, heavy milk, a combination of various spices, a sweetener’- delicious’.

The final Celebration of the Chai and the City Project was well attended on Saturday 24th March with Artcore hosting around 50 guests.Serving up the delicious Chai tea, pizza and laughter. This project has proudly enabled all cultures, and all ages, from across the City of Derby to share in the tradition of Tea drinking.

During Saturday there was a steady flow of people trying the Chai and experiencing the new taste of Tea. The young people had an Innocence and Expression workshop and exhibited the work they had created during that project with Clare and 12 of them received certificates of achievements from Ruchita Shaikh our Executive Director. Some work created with Gina Mollett on a Friday Arts Enhancing Lives Education project  was also available to see. New project information was handed out along with a fantastic New Chai and the City Brochure also available by emailing coordinator@artcoreuk.com for your own copy.

The Chai and the City project overall had two main themes: Artistic – Chai and the City, and Heritage –  My Cup of Tea.

During the Chai and the City project, which was joined together with the celebration of 70th Anniversary of India’s Independence. Artcore held 2 exhibitions, artworks of 16 Artists from the UK and India closely linking the 2 countries, detailing the ‘influence of British Architecture in India and exploring through photography Vadodara’s impressive Indo-Saracenic heritage’. Alongside this Artcore delivered workshops where participants got to paint story books, create an amazing montage of ceramics and celebrate through the production, and drinking of Tea!

The Heritage side of the project – My Cup of Tea. Focussed on English Tea, the rituals, history and stories all associated with tea drinking. Artcore hosted some wonderful trips to Denby Pottery, Sharpe’ Pottery, the local studies library, tea parties and much much more. All of which served to celebrate what is a tradition to many.

Thank you to all that have attended and hosted us in some way for this project, through ‘The drinking of Tea we have been able to share connection, trust and togetherness between England and other countries.

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