Potluck is a traditional community gathering, with origins dating back to the Middle Ages. The concept is simple – everyone brings a dish, and the entire crowd enjoys a feast. More importantly, it brings people together in the spirit of sharing and togetherness. Although the practice has become less common in modern times, one group is reviving it, with a unique twist. Slideluck is an organization that combines the old-fashioned principles of the potluck, with slideshow exhibitions from local and international artists from various genres.
Culture, community, and a hometown culinary experience have turned out to be a recipe for success. The non-profit organization began in New York just 15 years ago, and has since expanded to more than 85 cities around the globe, fostering a bond between neighbors, inspiring positive cultural exchanges, and giving a platform to artists, both new and well known.
The latest addition to the Slideluck family is Manila, located in the Philippines. Though the nation has been ravaged by natural disaster, poverty, and other challenges, the sense of community remains strong. In fact, the first-ever Slideluck Manila event, held on Jan 03, was so successful that attendees suggested it be held bi-annually or even quarterly, rather than once a year as initially planned. “We had about 50-60 people in attendance and more potluck contributions than we expected!” said Tiffany Limsico, Slideluck Mania spokesperson.
Highlighting the cultural diversity of the event, there were a number of international presenters, including European photojournalist, Jan Husar, who shared his award-winning photo series: The summer in Gaza (Stories from Al-Shifa). “Slideluck is about community building and for the first Manila event, it was great to see submissions that reflected this such as Jan Husar’s work in Gaza.” Limsico said, “In addition to Jan’s work, we also received submissions from photographers based outside of the Philippines including those from the UAE, Mexico, Argentina, and Peru.”
In the true spirit of community, Slideluck events strive to showcase local talent along with international presentations. As Limsico enthusiastically added, “We were also thrilled to have three established photojournalists from the Philippines showing their work: Tammy David, Veejay Villafranca and Jess Aznar.”
Slideluck continues to grow and expand, and anyone interested in bringing this unique experience to their own community can visit their website, or you can simply plan a traditional potluck event with your neighbors!