Diversity Celebration at Intercultural Day
Learners exhibited rich and diverse cultural backgrounds as part of the Limerick College of Further Education second annual Intercultural Day on Thursday October 20, 2011. Forty-three different nationalities are presently studying on full-time courses in the College. There was significant representation on the day from Poland, Latvia, Ireland, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Estonia, Italy, Rwanda, Spain, France, USA, China and the Congo.
A rich array of information, delicious food, dance, music and national costumes were part of this educational, cultural and enjoyable day. A number of live performances included Flamenco dancing from Spain, Congolese dancers and also dancers from Ghana. Traditional was fused with the contemporary, with singing ranging from traditional Irish medieval to modern Zimbabwean rap. Laughter yoga also featured as a fun item on the event programme.
Flamenco dancers from Spain, Alba Perez-Alcantara (Art & Design Course) and Antonia Tome-Aranda (Travel & Tourism Course)
Yan Yan Shan (Marketing and Language Course) from China
“Over 500 learners in the College got the opportunity to have a look at the fantastic displays, taste ethnic food and talk to the international learners about their home countries”, said Sharon Tannian, event co-organiser.
The Applied Sociology and Travel & Tourism courses co-ordinated this year’s event, gathering learners from a variety of disciplines to put together an action-packed programme of entertainment and food displays. The event culminated with a traditional ‘Siege of Ennis’ dance.
Comfort Nkansah and Mavis Yeboah from Ghana (Travel & Tourism Services Course)
“By holding an Intercultural Day, learners at the College get to actively meet other cultures, mix, taste exotic foods, hear different languages and, most importantly, have lots of fun”, said Marion Bridgeman, event co-organiser.
LCFE Deputy Director, Hanora Hartnett, who chairs the College Equality Committee, said: “This year’s event surpassed all our expectations such was the colour, vibrancy, creativity and enthusiasm from the learners”.
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