Of course being part Caribbean, Indian, African and British I was bound to have a love for all things international. But for me it’s more than just an appreciation; it’s about staying connected to the things that make me who I am.
That was easy to do when I lived in a big multi-cultural city like London, where you could be eating kebabs (shawarmas) one night and curry the next.
But moving to a small suburban US town a few years ago threw up a whole new set of challenges for me. With so much of my identity rooted in my heritage I struggled to remain true to myself in a place where diversity is scarce.
So, I went on a mission to find it (culture, that is) wherever I could…through the music at my local Zumba class, with a Caribbean Meetup group, in the food that I cook and now through my business.
Crave Culture Events was born out of a desire to celebrate culture – because it’s something worth celebrating.
What’s cooler than learning how kids in Africa celebrate Mother’s day or a traditional Asian dance?
But the real magic happens when we allow ourselves to open up to these new experiences and discover that we’re more alike than we thought.
It’s been a long time coming. Lots of conversations, research, changing my mind, more research but with much encouragement from my support circle I’m so happy to have finally launched a business that I love.
By educating through fun, authentic events I really hope to eliminate at least a little ignorance and prejudice and keep people connected to what makes them unique.
I don't just love culture - I crave it!!!
I'd love to hear what you crave? Or whether you're a culture junkie like me? Feel free to reach out with a comment.
Life's too short not to celebrate it....