17 Oct Enactus World Cup – World Cultural Experience
It’s been exactly three weeks since the World Cultural Experience took place at this year’s Enactus World Cup in London! Two of our students, who are also KPMG bursary recipients, Aonaid Carr from NUI Galway and James Crotty from University of Limerick share their experience of attending the event. The World Cultural Experience invites all attendees to experience the diverse culture within the Enactus network as the students from each Enactus country display their native traditions and customs.
“The Enactus Culture Fair is the first stop at the Enactus World Cup. The room was overflowing with contrasting cultures that differ in cultural dress, food and traditions. However, we are all bound by one thing, our passion for social entrepreneurship. Although we are all competing to be crowned the Enactus World Champion, this is not at the fore of the Culture Fair. The camaraderie and collaborative atmosphere eliminates the cultural barriers and we all join together as one community. The Enactus community.
We gained a greater insight into each culture through all the souvenirs and food that were offered to us. We got pastries from France, bandanas from the USA and keyrings of clogs from the Netherlands. The banging of drums from Singapore and the traditional dancing from Azerbaijan filled the room and brought the crowds together. Of course, we represented our country with a traditional jig, the legs were flying and the ringlets were hopping as we waved our flag for Team Ireland.
The most important thing that stood out to us was the friendliness and kindness shown by all. It is nice to know that Enactus can bring people who are worlds apart, so close together.”
“A cacophony of enthusiasm, passion, pride, drums and all things community struck me as I entered into my first culture fair as part of the Enactus World Cup London 2017. Thirty-five countries, thousands of people and a shared excitement to express national identity and truly enjoy and experience all the amazing countries and cultures that surrounded, some of which I know for a fact my friends wouldn’t have even heard of. The quality and pure size of display on show in the form of traditional music and dance from the likes of Kazakhstan and South Korea was immense, and the real beauty of it was the involvement of all viewing it.
After my adventures throughout the different cultures I felt it was my time to head over to my respective home stand and try my best to showcase with all this energy and excitement how incredible Ireland is as a nation. The stories, laughs and wonder of the people who came up to the stand astounded me and it was a real privilege to have had the opportunity to represent my country through the stand. The feelings and reputation of the Irish in today’s modern world seems to be in the highest of orders. (Hopefully I didn’t ruin that since!). On reflection now as I admire my Tajikistan i traditional hat, my Nigerian wristband and my Eiffel Tower key-ring sitting proudly on my desk, I can honestly say that the Culture Fair was an exceptional experience and a fantastic way to open a brilliant couple of days of competition. The only shame of it all is that now there’s another year to wait before it can all happen again in Silicon Valley.”
A huge thank you to all of the companies who supported us with merchandise for the World Cultural Experience: Bank of Ireland, Butlers Chocolates, Fáilte Ireland, Foras Na Gaeilge, Jelly Bean Factory, Keogh’s, Kerrygold, Tourism Ireland and Wild Atlantic Way.