Culture Shots

“On Monday the 18th of July at 6.30 pm, Near90fm [Dublin, Ireland] will broadcast Culture Shots, the first show in a series of 13 programmes examining the meaning of culture, and what begins when people from different cultures meet and start communicating. Through conversations, stories, interviews and music, Culture Shots aims to promote understanding between the myriad cultures present in Irish society.

Culture Shots is the culmination of an 8 week training and production initiative which was made possible by support from the European Integration Fund. This initiative brought together 4 migrants from beyond the EU and 4 Irish nationals to work in collaboration to develop skills for understanding and creating media from an intercultural perspective. Before production of the series, participants completed requirements towards earning a FETAC Level 4 in Community Radio, and a certificate in Intercultural Media Literacy.

Gillian McInerney, a North Dublin resident and a presenter on the programme said, “By including voices from very different communities and identities, Culture Shots expresses the diversity of voices, perspectives and languages in Ireland today.”

The series debuts with a programme in which two individuals from different cultures were brought together and asked to collaboratively prepare a 3-course meal. Shannette Budhai, one of the chefs and a presenter on Culture Shots said, “Listening to our culinary experiment shows how people from different cultural traditions, when cooking in a common space, can reflect on how we define ourselves and where we come from through the foods we grew up with. By sharing our stories, along with useful cooking techniques, we were an example of how people of different cultures working in collaboration with one another leads to creativity and innovation.”

Tune in to Culture Shots on 90.3 fm or livestream at www.near.ie each week, Mondays from 6.30 to 7.

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office of the Minister for Integration and Pobal.

The Near Media Coop is a democratic, not for profit community media initiative based in Coolock, North Dublin. Part of our mission is to provide an alternative to mainstream media by offering an outlet for those underrepresented or excluded through training and access to distribution facilities.”

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