Culture Spotlight: Hispanic Society
Tuesday, 25 October 2022
For our first installment of Culture Spotlights, we spoke to Emily Brown, Hispanic Society's Publicity Sec, to find out more about Hispanic culture, what it means and how UoN students can experience it on campus and around Nottingham.
Can you describe your culture in three words?
Vibrant, community and fun.
Tell us about your culture for someone that has little to no knowledge of it
Hispanic culture has community, family and friends at the heart of it. Hispanic traditions are super important, and they are a great excuse to celebrate with good food and music. In Hispanic Society, we place really high importance on bringing people together, Hispanic or not, and show them why everyone should get involved! It is a vibrant culture that is welcoming to all, with a strong focus on spending time together and enjoying life!
What would you say is the best thing about your culture?
There are so many reasons why Hispanic culture is the best, it's difficult to just pick one! I would say that the variety within the culture is one of the things that makes it so amazing. From one Spanish speaking country to the next, the customs, accents, food and music vary. I think this is what makes the culture so vibrant and diverse- it's pretty difficult to get bored!
Is there a way to experience your culture in Nottingham?
Yes! We have a great range of weekly activities that allow everyone to immerse themselves in the Hispanic community. A personal favourite event of mine is Latin Thursday (in collaboration with Colombian and Mexican Society) which takes place on the first Thursday of each month in Mooch. The aim is to get everyone speaking in Spanish (native speakers and learners) and it's a great way of meeting new people too! Our weekly cultural and social events are also all aimed at bringing the Hispanic culture closer to all of us. The other week, we had an event focussed on learning new Spanish slang- we all came away with lots of new vocab that will definitely come in handy for travelling to different Spanish speaking countries. As a committee, we love the Vida by Lorentes restaurant near Lace Market, as they serve a great range of tapas and paella dishes that we can't get enough of! Our President Cesar is there most weeks!
Do you have any events/socials coming up where students can have a taster of your culture?
Yes! We have a special event happening on Thursday 27th October as part of the Black History Month celebrations with 3 guests speakers presenting about a specific element of Afro-Latino culture. It will also include some salsa dancing too! Latin Thursday happens on the first Thursday of every month, so the next one will be 3rd November. It's also the Hispanic Music Takeover at Mooch that night, so it's going to be a good one!
Keep an eye on Hispanic Society's instagram so that you can keep up to date with all of the great events they have got coming up!