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Siraj Zaidi

has bachelor degree in Science and also post graduate degree from The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, specialising in performing Arts. After LAMDA Siraj spent two years with the BBC World Service as a Radio Broadcaster. Since 1986, he has made Ireland his home and worked in theatre, radio, TV and film. He is a Curator and director of the annual Indian Film Festival of Ireland. He has directed and produced and presented a six part TV documentary series ‘Away and Home,’ broadcast on RTE 1 August – September 1998. He has also produced, directed and presented a four part TV series ‘Our View’ which was broadcasted on Ulster TV and TG4 (Irish Television) during the summer of 1999. Both series have distributed worldwide. He has directed and produce: Zion Celebrate 150 Years.. a documentary on a Primary school in Dublin 6.
He has fronted a TV documentary RAMADAN: Hungry for God. RTE / Kioros Communications. Featured on RAMADAN DAIRIES RTE NATIONAL TV in Ramadan 2020 under lockdown. Ashura feature documentary; RTE Television 2022.

He has provided strategic advice on Arts policy to The National Committee of Intercultural and Racism. NCCRI. He has made contribution to the Irish Government department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands new documents “Towards A new Framework for the Arts” A Review of Arts Legislation (2000). He was an executive member on the Dublin City Community Forum, a part of the Dublin County Council’s City Development Board – 2012 Plan. He severed as a Chairperson of the Cultural Cluster of the Dublin City Community Forum.

He has participated in 2002 and 2003 Guinness living Dublin Awards.
In 1990, in conjunction with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce, he organised the first international seminar on the Irish Film Industry and presented his paper.
In 1991, during the 43rd International Film Festival in Cannes, he represented Ireland at the Commonwealth/ELCP Co-Production Colloquium.
In 1994, his development and pre-production work on the film ‘Honey and Saffron’ was selected from Ireland for inclusion in ‘World Cinema,’ the British Film Institute’s special cinema century publication.

Festival Emcee

Bindu Nair

Bindu Nair is very well known within the community through her volunteering as Master of Ceremony for various cultural and social events for Indian and wider community, DCC and integration councils. She is associated with various local organisations in Ireland and have hosted weekly Malayalam radio show on Dublin’s 99 FM for nearly 2 years, She has hosted for Dublin episode of Asianet Europe and have given voiceovers for radio and television programmes. She was also honoured to be the MC for the Irish Premier visit of Honourable Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s visit to Ireland in 2015.

She has hosted various prestigious celebrity shows in Ireland, to name a few, Shri Yesudas concert in Ireland, Padmasri Shobhana’s dance show, Stephen Devassy’s concert. `

She has been the festive Emcee for over 10 years and continues to be part of the festival as a MC this year as well . The festival has grown from strength to strength over the years and has become an important part of the cultural calendar of Ireland.


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