Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival 2017
On March 11th 2017 we had our second annual Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival. It was a colourful, active and diverse event, that aimed to bring together from all walks of life throughout our community. Hosted at Bracknell & Wokingham College, there were so many charities and organisations expressing their culture, people were spoilt were choice!
We had the Newbold College Choir greeting visitors as they entered, with their unique musical talents filling the room. Then just before the stairs we had the Thai Community sharing their interesting food and also the Local Police and World of Languages spreading there messages of safety and diversity within society. Just up the stairs we had the Local Safeguarding Children Board next to the Indian Community Association Bracknell and the Bracknell Islamic Cultural Society. All of these stalls had great message to spread, and some particularly great food for people to try too! There were beautiful Henna tattoos being made as well!
Just across from here, the Stroke Association were offering free Blood Pressure Checks and Funky Faces had face painting for children to enjoy! We had an open space next to our coffee station, which was run by our lovely befriending team, and there was an amazing Thai Chi demonstration as well as dancing and singing from various groups. At the Chinese stalls, there was intricate folded paper designs and people were also learning to write calligraphy and next to this, people were selling their gorgeous jewellery. The Fire Service arrived with their Fire Engine to teach children about fire safety, and this was right next to our Bouncy Castle!
The Bracknell Town Mayor, Tony Virgo and councillor Paul Bettison both spoke about their support for the event and how much they enjoyed seeing so many different cultures coming together within the Bracknell Forest Community.
The event was such a roaring success, and all of us here at involve are so happy with how it progressed. We’re so glad to be part of a society that is so diverse, and we’re proud to be part of an event that supports this togetherness. Thank you to everyone who came to learn and take part and thank you to everyone who helped us put everything together! We look forward to seeing you all again (and hopefully even more) in 2018, for the third instalment of this great event.
[Photography credits: Dilip R Ladwa, ICAB Secretary]