The Sierra Sports and Cultural Club, a group of young and dynamic Sierra Leoneans in Germany will be participating in this year’s carnival of cultures, (Karneval der Kulturen) to promote Sierra Leone’s cultural heritage in Berlin, Germany.
The occasion which will take place from the 25-28 May 2012, is geared towards presenting the cultural and ethnic diversity of the large international population living across Germany. It was against this backdrop that the Sierra Sport and Cultural club seized this great opportunity to showcase Sierra Leone, amidst millions of people who will converge to witness this august juncture.
In a brief interview with the Club’s Chairman, Mr. Mohamed Suma, he said his organization is proud to show case Sierra Leone’s culture in this year’s most colorful, diverse and vivid carnival. Their aim he went on is to attract the attention of participants and visitors regarding Sierra Leone’s unique and diverse natural beauty.
Other activities for the event include among others, Sierra Leone’s culinary seducements, arts and a traditional hunting parade.
The Carnival of Cultures is of special importance to Berlin’s ethnic communities. They see it as a challenge and an incentive to reconsider their view on the culture in their respective countries of origin while defining their cultural self-image “between two cultures”.
The involvement in carnival activities strengthens the bonds within ethnic communities and among all the groups alike. Their presence in the national and international media leads to a growing self-esteem within ethnic communities. Therefore, the Carnival of Cultures promotes awareness for the positive impact made by immigrants on Berlin’s cultural and social life.