Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival 2018
On March 24th 2018 we had our third annual Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival. Hosted at Bracknell and Wokingham College again, there were so many charities and organisations sharing their culture, it was the perfect way to show the diversity that exists within Bracknell Forest to bring people from all different walks of life together.
We had the Look Out Centre with activities and games for children near the entrance, and even a chance for people to hold a stick insect! The Indian Cultural Association Bracknell (ICAB) had their stall just opposite, where they showcased their food, art and jewellery. Then just before the stairs we had the Thai Community sharing their interesting food and the Local Police Cadets next to them. Thames Valley Police also brought along one of their cars and were showing people how the sirens and lights work.
For the children who visited, we had Funky Faces painting people’s faces and a bouncy castle outside! There were stalls from various local organisations including Bracknell Healthwatch, Bracknell Rotary Club, Signal 4 Carers, Bracknell Forest Council, U3A, Bahá’í Society, plus Romanian and Polish Communities sharing food and information. The coffee station was also run by our lovely befriending & community choices team again.
Just up the stairs we had cleared a space for a performance area. We had dance performances originating from India, Poland, Romania & Thailand, as well as Tai Chi performances, all of which people were joining in with!
The event was such a roaring success, with we think around 600+ total visitors throughout the day! 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 2019, for the fourth installment of this great event!
[Photography credits: Dilip R Ladwa, ICAB Secretary]