We've had the pleasure of hosting two really memorable Peace Feasts this Spring, with some great friends, old and new.
In March, we gathered 90 people with Bristol's Sudanese Community Association at the Asian Day Centre for a scintillating Sudanese evening. While guests tucked into a delicious feast, we were serenaded by Bristol's own Nabra, a unique duo from old friends Knud Stűwe and Ali Elmubarak blending jazz riffs, classical compositions and Sudanese sounds. Our good friend, Mohammed El Sharif shared the vision of the Sudanese Community Association and we had the honour of hearing from the wonderful Wafa Suliman from Open Minds Active. Wafa has led projects in many fields, from medical care, to social work to swimming coaching, in Egypt and the UK, and she has bought all her experience to Open Minds Active, which helps to empower people in Bristol through outdoor exercise and wild swimming.
A huge thank you to the Bristol Sudanese Community Association for hosting, to Nabra for the music, to Mohammed and Wafa for sharing their stories, to the team of amazing chefs who cooked up a feast for us all, and to all the guests who came.
A few weeks later, we were delighted to meet at St Mary Redcliffe Church in the heart of Bristol, with 70 people for a lovely Peace Feast in the Redcliffe community. Bristol's Somali Kitchen cooked up a flavoursome meal, Dijwar Khalil serenaded guests, and the inspirational Salha Abdalla from Houria Catering shared the challenges and joys of being a master chef and a full-time mum. Thanks also to the amazing Aggy and St Mary Redcliffe for hosting us so well. It was a beautiful evening.
Here's what guests had to say from both events:
"A warm and welcoming event - delicious food- wonderful music"
"Fab venue and fantastic food- really enjoy mixing and meeting new people"
"Inspiring to see a church being used for a multicultural feast"