International Cultural Festival – June 2024

Broadmead BID was pleased to support the Sparks Bristol International Cultural Festival, which took place on 22 and 23 June 2024 and was visited by almost 900 people.

The Department of Imagination at Sparks Bristol (first floor) was filled with the sights and sounds of over 30 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe to celebrate the positive impact made by migrants and refugees in Bristol. Visitors enjoyed traditional arts and crafts, delicious food, and the opportunity to learn new skills at free workshops. There was also a main stage programme featuring dance, folklore, and talks.

The Cultural Festival was organised to showcase the diverse range of cultures and customs in Bristol that make it unique and a strong city of sanctuary. Sparks offers space and resources to empower diverse communities in Bristol through the partnership with Community Champions, and aimed for this event to help entrepreneurs and artists from different ethnicities to showcase and reach new audiences. The event was supported by Broadmead Bid, John James Bristol, YTKO and African Voices Forum.

David Dravie-John from the African Voices Forum said the event “will be a festival Of arts, cultural diversity, inclusion of different traditional dresses, music, dance, folklore and food, which depicts the vibrancy of Bristol”

Jenny Foster, co-director of Sparks and Global Goals Centre, says “in our regular meetings with Bristol’s Community Champions, they identified a need for an immersive celebration of diversity and inclusion in the city of Bristol that enables artists and traders from different communities to showcase their talents, traditions, and cultures. We hope this is the start of regular cultural festivals at Sparks Bristol.”

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