Culture Presentation Ideas

Emphasizing the unique characteristics of each culture is important within presentations.

Occasionally in academic life you may be required to produce presentations on different cultures and societies. Although these presentations are normally quite general, you should add a wide range of useful information to enrich and add value to the assignment. Depending on the nature of your research, certain features of the culture are more relevant than others.

1 Workplace

Discuss the typical working life of the culture and the most common occupations of its members. Consider what sort of economic structure exists within the culture, and what its chief imports and exports are. Find out if the culture has a particularly notable industry or produce. Aim to incorporate photographs into the presentation in order to keep things lively and visually interesting.

2 Leisure

Every culture has different interests in sport and leisure, so this makes a great basis for a presentation. If the culture has a notable sports team, discuss the effect its popularity has among cultural members, and whether there are any sports unique to (or originally invented by) the particular society. If the culture has any other popular ways of spending time, go into detail about what these are and how similar they are to your own culture.

3 Traditions and Holidays

Brainstorm the different traditions and ceremonies which are prominent in the chosen culture. Find out how they originated and what purpose they serve. Find footage of people performing one of the ceremonies to display for the class to see. Also do research about the annual holidays the culture celebrates and initiate a discussion about why these holidays have gained popularity.

4 Art and Food

One of the most dynamic approaches is to examine the culture’s art and food. This enables you to take full advantage of the presentation format, as you will be able to display photographs of the culture’s artwork in order to enrich your spoken words. If the society commonly eats a certain food, consider how practical it is to purchase or produce it for the presentation – this way, other people in the class may sample it.

Joe Burnham has been a writer since 2008, working with British magazines such as "NME." His articles have been featured in "The Independent" newspaper, London's "Time Out" magazine and "York Vision," where he served as editor-in-chief. Burnham holds a Bachelor of Arts in politics and international relations from the University of York.