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Mandala Young Company’s exchange to the Rencontre, Grenoble – Anusha Abbas

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Cultural exchanges like the Rencontre allow young people to be completely immersed in more than just one culture. That’s the unique thing about this festival, we’re not only embracing other cultures but experiencing being a part of them. This experience … Read More

Mandala Young Company’s Exchange to the Rencontre, Grenoble by Ildi Nagy

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If the World Cup and France’s upcoming games aren’t enough, Crearc’s Rencontre also brought life and noise into the otherwise rather quite scenic town to celebrate art, theatre, Europe and of course the summer. Grenoble University surely has the most … Read More

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Meet your Oxford Twin City reps to Grenoble

Aimee Winkfield

City Rep

Hello, I’m one of the Oxford City Reps for Grenoble, France!

I’m 22 years old and I was born in Oxford. I also chose to stay here for my degree and I graduated from Oxford Brookes University in June 2017 having studied for three years doing a Communication, Media & Culture degree.

I’m a keen photographer, blogger and film-maker. I really enjoy getting involved with community projects and helping charities out with events. I’m also the Project Assistant to the Lottery Funded Rose Hill Regeneration project supporting children, young people and adults.

I became a Community Journalist for Rose Hill News in 2014, and then the newspaper Editor in 2016. In the same year I also launched a hyperlocal WordPress blog online called Rose Hill News Online, where I post news videos and articles. During this time I have found my passion for community engagement and always encourage others to join local community groups and creative projects, or volunteering in general in Oxford.

The Oxford City Reps project is very exciting for me. I love traveling, meeting others and being creative and I hope my journalism experience and my love for media allows me to help strengthen the link between Grenoble & Oxford.

Eloïse Chambers

City Rep

I love adventures, and exploring the world – the people, culture, the outdoors and the science behind it.  I study Earth Science and am very excited to be part of the city twinning project and to be twinned with both Grenoble, the capital of the Alps in France and Leon, in Nicaragua, the land of volcanoes.  It has been a real privilege to represent Oxford and build friendships with our link organisations in two very different parts of the world.

Being part of the city twinning project gave me the chance to meet new people and see a different side of two of our twin cities.  The experiences were very different.  As an earth scientist it was fascinating to see the different landscapes.  Nicaragua is the land of volcanoes and Leon is just a short bus ride from idyllic tropical Pacific beaches.  Whereas Grenoble sits in the Alps surrounded by alpine pastures, ski resorts and of course some fantastic climbing.  I love the outdoors, from climbing to caving to kayaking, both with friends and as an instructor and in terms of opportunities for outdoorsy adventures Grenoble really does have it all.

What both cities had in common was a really warm welcome.  We had some typical tourist experiences, were welcomed by the mayor, ate some delicious local food, visited the universities and saw some of the development work that is being done in each city.  It was especially good to see firsthand some of the fantastic work that is being done in Leon with support from the Oxford Leon Association Trust.


Twinned with Oxford since: 1989

Volunteer association: Oxford Grenoble Association