Annual Islamic Cultural Fayre

From its humble beginnings as a small community event held twelve years ago, the Islamic Cultural Fayre has now developed into one of the largest events of its kind in the South West and is a vibrant celebration of Bristol’s diversity.

The event has been organised annually since the summer of 1998. It was initially intended to bring Muslims of all backgrounds together on a family fun day and introduce them to a variety of facilities, services and career opportunities available locally and nationally. The fayre has evolved beyond its initial launch and has carved out its own unique identity amongst the many events that take place across Bristol.

It continues to grow from strength to strength, attracting visitors and stall holders from across the country. This years event proved to be another outstanding success attracting around over 12,000 visitors and 80 stall-holders. In addition, the event featured live stage performances, exhibitions, five-a-side football tournament that attracts teams from across the region, funfair rides as well as many other fun activities provided in a culturally sensitive and fun environment for the whole family. True to its origins, it remains an event organised by the community for the community

Over the years, through organising the event, we have observed volunteers develop in their character and skills. From team work to leadership and communication skills, organisational, marketing and sales skills – our volunteers have skills and experiences, which they have gained during the Islamic Cultural Fayre and which are valuable and relevant to their education and employment.

The fayre has now become an annual fixture in Bristol City’s event calendar and attracts media attention both locally and nationally. It has been featured on ITV, BBC and BBC Radio Bristol as well as other channels of media and publicity.

The event, however, would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the staff and the numerous volunteers from the community who work tirelessly to make the event happen by taking ownership of it and essentially, taking pride in their contribution to the fayre. Thanks are due to the various sponsors who help to ensure that the event is financially able to take place.

What Our Visitors Have to Say

"Helping at the Islamic Cultural Fayre built my confidence and enhanced my communication skills, especially when working with other people and dealing with members of the public."
Esheeka Qadar
Islamic Fayre coordinator and volunteer
"Hi, I would just like to say that the event on Sunday was extremely well organised and we enjoyed attending. We spoke to a high number of people with an interest in diabetes and found it very worthwhile.Thank you."
Diabetes UK
"Just to say, the day was brilliant. It was well organised, interesting, colourful and had a fantastically diverse audience who all looked like they were having a great time. There were so many volunteers with BMCS jackets on who just made everything work well. Well done all of you. I hope your management committee are very proud of you and realise what an exceptional team they have"
"I just want to thank you for enabling BRACE to take part in the ICF yesterday. It was a hugely enjoyable experience - I met a lot of lovely people and made some good contacts for BRACE.I have to say that I thought it was also very well organised and marshalled with a light touch..."
Chief Executive, BRACE