13th EMA Annual Social Gathering at Coldblow Farm, Maidstone Kent , UK

Office of the

European Manipuri Association(EMA)

London, United Kingdom

EMA Annual Social Gathering and Convention 2014 has concluded

at Kent, UK

The Annual Social Gathering and Convention for the year 2014 of the European Manipuri Association has been concluded on 15th June 2014 at Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom.  The gathering started on the evening of 13th June by members arriving at Coldblow farm, situated on top of the Kent Downs in the South East of England. The farm is located in an area of outstanding natural beauty with stunning views of local footpaths and bridleways. A perfect venue for the gathering, serving a taste of natural heritage of English countryside.

The two days gathering and convention was attended by members of the Manipuri Diaspora community and expatriates residing in different parts of Europe. A once in a year major event which is also an opportunity for the widespread community to meet each other and welcome new members to the organisation.

Traditional delicacies prepared with ingredients brought from home, travelling thousands of miles, infused the spirit of Manipuriness. Besides the delicacies, it was a fun filled event with friendly yet organised competitive sports, showcasing of entertainment skills such as magic show by one of EMA’s senior members, rendering melodious Manipuri tunes making everyone nostalgic. A group photo with women members wearing traditional dresses summed up the very existence of EMA upholding and preserving the varied tradition and culture of Manipur and providing its members a platform to give them a feeling of ‘Home away from home’. Also a rare opportunity for the children born and brought up here in Europe, teaching as well as reminding them of their rich traditional and cultural roots.

The main highlights of the event were the first ever introduction of ‘EMA Cup’ football match organised between members residing in London versus ‘Rest of Europe’. The team comprising of ‘Rest of Europe’ won and lifted the cup .Man of the match was awarded to Franco Mayanglambam.  Apart from fun and cultural activities, an annual convention comprising of discussions on different topics related to socio-economic development of Manipur, promotion of Manipuri culture in Europe ,to  promote EMA through more  mini gatherings  and networking creating more awareness than before about its existence in Europe in general and London in particular are some to mention.

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The Convention has resolved to organise EMA Football Cup as an annual event from this year onward to promote sports and unity among the Diasporas living in Europe. Furthermore, there was a brainstorming session on how to showcase the cultural heritage and artifacts of Manipur in particular and North East India in general at the international level whilst utilising the limited resources available.

The Executive Committee of EMA would like to thank its members specially those who had travelled far from different parts of Europe to attend the gathering. The moral and financial support provided by those members who couldn’t make themselves to the event is well appreciated. Special thanks to those who offered extra help to the executive committee in organising the event  which has always been the reason for a successful EMA gathering.

Dated 16th June 2014

With Regards                                                                                                                            
Somorendro Khangembam
General Secretary
EMA, Europe