Tell us about your club or society. What are your aims and activities?
Leeds Filipino Society was established in 2017 for Filipinos and those interested in the Philippines to come together and celebrate the culture, meet with one another and network together. Our aims are to provide a useful and safe space not just for Filipinos but for the wider community. We plan to make use of the virtual space this year and have been able to host a wide range of activities such as a recent escape room event and a refreshers quiz.
What are you getting up to for the World Unite Festival this year?
We’re planning on using our platform to share Filipino recipes throughout the Festival period. Since the theme is “Coming Together” we want to be able to allow people to come together through the love of food, something we have all relied on during COVID-19.
World Unite Festival is a celebration of different cultures – it is a way of sharing our cultures and learning from one another. How do you think your society does this?
Our memberships cater to everyone so anyone can join, we welcome a lot of members from different cultures, backgrounds, and local universities. We have been very lucky this year to have such a diverse committee consisting of Singaporean/Swiss, Chinese, Scottish/Malaysian backgrounds as well as Filipino. We love the fresh perspectives of the committee and also the new members that join every year and we are so fortunate to be able to learn from these cultures and be able to grow as a society through planning inclusive events.