By | Asim Elzubair
Celebrating Diversity: An Evening to Remember!
“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures.” Cesar Chavez
On May 23rd, 2015 the British Council in partnership with Mustafa Khogali, presented “Laugh Out Loud” as a part of Innovation, Art and Culture nights. It was an action-packed evening, in the British Council’s square garden, where over 500 people enjoyed a lively atmosphere. Dozens of people sat on the grass at the British Council’s garden along with more people standing around. The event was full of life and audience were all smiles and laughs.
The evening was both entertaining and informative. It included diversity testimonials, a talk, singing, music performance, poetry recitation, and comedy shows. It was kicked off by some of the British Council’s teachers reflecting on cultural diversity, than Omer Ushari gave a talk about “responsible humour” and campaigning against discriminative jokes.
Comedians Awad Shakespeare and chilla-z were both entertaining and engaging, while Ahmed Shaf’s music was the icing on the cake.
“I understand, our work, in the British Council is centered on building meaningful, enduring and respectful relationships across different cultures. Hence, holding such events should reinforce understanding and tolerance in our community,” commented Hashim Yousif, Projects Manager. “People didn’t just have fun, they also took something home – cultural tolerance.”
David Peter Smith, a Teacher of English, composed a poem that he recited in the evening:
“Diversity is the spice of life
Diversity is everyone together in laughter and joy
Diversity is for all
It’s is a box of chocolates with a variety of tastes and flavours
Diversity is a thousand colours and a million flowers in bloom”
Remember, it is never too late to give up your prejudices!