Cyprus is home to many cultural groups yet is still far from being an inclusive diverse society. Minorities are yet to be well-integrated with the local community and despite some social changes, xenophobia and stereotypes are still an issue, leading many ethnic groups to feel marginalised.
Here to combat those views and take action towards bridging the gap between the communities of the island is KISA, an NGO working on equality, support and anti-racism. On the occasion of their 20th anniversary, the organisation is holding a diversity event, sticking by their values.
Tonight, KISA transforms the grounds of Chateau Status with a wide variety of delicious foods from many countries of origin of migrants and refugees in Cyprus. Wanting to reflect the richness of the diversity of Cypriot society, migrants and refugees and other guests from public life, media, academia, civil society and others, from Cyprus and abroad, will share food but also exchange stories, experiences and views.
“Experiences, stories and food” is the slogan for the night and it sums up what people on the island like doing best, sharing tales while gobbling down yummy treats. KISA invites everyone to engage, share moments and meet in a friendly environment, hoping to break unofficial barriers between communities and celebrate the diversity that surrounds us.
“This is a very rare occasion for us to share a most original culinary experience with the very people who have created it and pair that flavour with the stories, experiences and points of view from so many parts of the world,” comment the organisers.
More than 30 countries, communities and groups are said to be taking part, giving people the ultimate opportunity to come closer and discover other cultures, mindsets and ways of being.
Spend your Friday night in a different way and explore the similarities and what things various cultures share.
KISA 20th Anniversary Diversity Event
Evening with music and food from various countries. Event celebrating the diversity in Cyprus inviting migrants, refugees and all. November 16. Chateau Status, Nicosia. €20 with food and drinks. Tel: 22-878181