the authors are members of the Wikipedia club at ITESM-CCM in Mexico City as well as Advanced English students who worked with Wikipedia as part of their last English requirement. In this article they talk about the results of the Festival Cervantino article-writing project.
Festival Cervantino article-writing project
During the month of October into November, a number of students from ITESM-Campus Ciudad de México worked on an informal project related to Mexico’s Festival (Internacional) Cervantino. The project consisted of writing articles about the festival itself and about the artists involved in it. In total, we wrote or improved thirty-five articles in English and wrote or translated twenty-one articles in Spanish.
Our first step was to contact the press people from Festival Cervantino in order to get more information about the festival and the artists invited. At the same time we began to contact the embassies of the specially invited countries of this year’s event: Finland, Norway and Sweden, who kindly sent us information about the artists from these countries. In addition, we contacted artists from other countries such as Emplume from Canada, Sandra Pani from Mexico, Beta Collide from Germany, Hugo Ticciati from England and the Stockholm Jazz Orchestra from Sweden, who helped us with information and also donated some images to upload into Wikipedia Commons.
From 21 to 24 October, Sheila Piña and Fernando Rosas had the opportunity to go to the Festival with press passes. These were obtained by student Itzel Polin, who in addition to working with Club Wikipedia, also hosts a radio show called “Zona Verde,” so she received the passes in exchange for an interview with Dr. Lidia Camacho, the director of the Festival. These passes allowed these students to assist to several press conferences with some of the artists and to take pictures, which are being uploaded to Wikipedia Commons.
During this same month we were also able to collaborate with Matt Senate, who is the Campus Ambassador for California and Hawaii. He came to our university and talked about why the use of Wikipedia is important in the student community and also what the Campus Ambassadors program is. Our collaboration consisted in communicating with Matt before the presentation to help him prepare the subjects of matter in ITESM. Two students (Sheila and Fernando), also had the opportunity to go on stage and talk about their experience with the Club Wikipedia and the Festival Cervantino.
A GLAM project like the Festival Cervantino is very helpful academically as it helped us not only with writing in a foreign language, but also giving us chances to use English in real settings doing real intercultural communication. In addition, doing projects like these can help our later professional careers, as they can be included in our résumés.