Last weekend’s cultural coming-together in Adeje was a fusion of families and friends, strangers and residents, cultures old and older, and a crossover of languages, ages, religions, and nationalities.
The event, called Fusión Entre Culturas, was held on Sunday June 1st and saw people from many different parts of the world, but all resident in Adeje or nearby, join together to celebrate both what makes us different and what unites us. The inauguration saw the Adeje mayor, Jose Miguel Rodríguez Fraga lead a top table discussion about the different cultures and nationalities represented in the Adeje resident population – over 118 nationalities at the last count.
The word fusion was aptly chosen as the main speakers referred to how we might fuse our separate identities and cultures with people from our new home, but we don’t lose them nor does one culture supersede or dominate the other. Fusion can be defined in many ways, but here it is best seen, I think, as a combination, a coming together of cultures, leading to the creation of new energies.
Last weekend there was a very open curiosity about cultures on show, and certainly the stand that attracted many curious visitors was the Muslim one, with tea and sweet tidbits on offer to all comers, as well as the chance to get your name written in Arabic. But all of the stands had their fans. There was a lovely table where you could write a message in your own language and post it – by the end of the afternoon it was full. Countries from the Middle and Far East, from Africa, Eastern Europe, and South American all shared the same space, swopped snacks and stories, and got to know each other a little bit better. And maybe next time we should encourage a few tables from nearer home, maybe stands for England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, the Scandinavian countries and Germany and Poland, just to mention a few.
And of course there were bouncy castles and face painting – the best form of fusion there is if you’re under 10.
Adeje takes pride in its multicultural make-up, and it actually is a delight to be part of it.