Culture Bazaar 2013

Free Community Organised Multicultural Event

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Culture Bazaar 2009

Funding & other income

Funding was received from Carlisle City Council, Cumbria County Council’s Neighbourhood Forums, Riverside & Cumbria Community Foundation.

The 3rd Culture Bazaar was another successful event held at Trinity School in Carlisle.

Visitor numbers exceeded Culture Bazaar 2008 by an estimated 50%.

There were more food stands, local business stands & this year organisations such as Cumbria County Council, Fire service, NHS, & Cumbria Constabulary all bought stand space, as it was a perfect opportunity to reach BME people.  This will be a way in the future to generate more income to improve Culture Bazaar over the coming years.  There were several other community/ Charity & voluntary group stands

Food stands included Indian, Italian, Spanish & Greek for visitors to buy & enjoy.


Building links & confidence within the community is an integral part of what the Culture Bazaar aims to achieve.  This is on an individual, group & organisational level.  Building trust & respect to ensure minority group people feel confident in getting involved & participating in community integration.  For many language barriers leads to lack of self esteem, & the Culture Bazaar draws them out to feel appreciated & respected.  The diversity of volunteers involved increased.

Community volunteers for cookery demos included Nepalese, Spanish, French, Indian.  Simple home cooking for all!

The Polish Choir from Our Lady & St Josephs Church on Warwick Road performed & did a group of young Nepalese dancers organised by the Nepalese Association.

Barnardos & Carlisle City Council Play Section came down with activities for children at no cost to the Culture Bazaar.

A local Indian lady performed classic Indian dances throughout the day as did a wonderful group of local ladies who have been performing belly dancing for the last three years at the Culture Bazaar.

Businesses did free taster sessions, in Tai Chi, Shiatsu, Yoga & even a laughter workshop, technique originating from India.

The Countryside Rangers brought down some cycles & kept children & adults busy & having plenty of fun.

The Scouts & Guides came down to enjoy & help out if needed.

The army provided paintballing & they sneaked in a short game with some of the football tournament Cup of Nations, as well as organising to play some of the teams at a later date with some friendly matches.

One Culture had organised a Cup of  Nations tournament, which included national teams, such as Bangladesh, Polish & 6 other teams including a One Culture world team.  The Bengal Tigers won the cup & the friendships & camaraderie between all the players was clear as well as the competition!


We had Salsa dance workshops & performances, Round the world food tour, & a ride on a Tuc Tuc (Indian Taxi), Traveller Storytelling, Modern Indian Dance workshops & performances.  African drumming, Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra & the Musical stones of Skiddaw.  Incorporating local & world Culture.

There was about 140 performers & volunteers.  Only two came from outside of Cumbria.  Cumbria has great talent & great people, and that is what Culture Bazaar has been aiming to do.  It is about ordinary people getting involved in what ever capacity, in front or behind the scenes, to make a positive difference to World Culture right here in Carlisle & Cumbria.


Visitors included people from many different backgrounds, & the request for visitors to wear traditional cultural outfits was taken very well, with wonderful array of colours & designs. All the five continents were represented, with positive feed back on how different the Culture Bazaar was. Culture Bazaar is a grass roots project. It’s success lies in the willingness to share our time, culture & simplicity to integrate & be a part of the community, to  promote pride in one’s own heritage, in one’s own way, without feeling judged or insignificant.

Saj Ghafoor (Founder of Culture Bazaar)

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