Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival 2019
The halls of Bracknell and Wokingham College were filled with hundreds of bright and excited faces last weekend, who had come together to celebrate diversity with us! On Saturday 23rd March, we ran our fourth annual Bracknell Forest Cultural Festival, with the aim of bringing people together!
Many local charities, organisations and groups came along to the event to share their work with the bustling community; it was the perfect way to show the diversity that exists within Bracknell Forest and the surrounding areas! The Mayor of the Bracknell Town Council, councillor Mrs Sandra Ingham, Deputy Mayor of Bracknell Town Council, Mr Roger Meakes and Councillor Paul Bettison, OBE Leader of Bracknell Forest Council, all attended helped to introduce and open the event.
Loads of cultural and religious organisations and groups were there, showcasing their food, art, language and various other traditions. The Bracknell Islamic Society (BICS) were doing Henna art on people’s hands, plus showing people what they’d look like in a Hijab and what their name is in Arabic. The Indian Community Association Bracknell (ICAB) were teaching people about Hinduism and selling some of their beautiful jewellery, plus there was food and drink from around the world; Romanian, Polish, Thai, Slovakian and more!
For the children who visited, we had Funky Faces painting people’s faces and a bouncy castle outside as usual, and we also has the Look Out Centre with various activities and their stick insect, which people had a chance to hold! We also had music and dance performances originating from India, Poland, Romania & Slovakia, as well as Tai Chi performances, all of which people were joining in with!
There were stalls from various local organisations including Bracknell Healthwatch, Berkshire Vision, Bracknell Forest Local Child Safeguarding Board, Bracknell Forest Society, Berkshire Scouts, Bahá’í Society and many more. The coffee station was also run by our lovely Community Navigation team!
We had an estimated 600+ total people visiting throughout the day, so a huge thank you to everyone who came to learn, take part and also to those who helped us put everything together!! 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. We look forward to seeing you all again (and hopefully even more) in 2020, for the fifth anniversary of this epic event!