One of the UK’s biggest celebrations of Indian culture returns to London this October after a Covid 19-induced hiatus of 3 years promising a colourful extravaganza of cultural performances, fashion show, Antakshari competition and other traditional entertainment from the Indian sub-continent as well as dozens of stalls selling a wide array of goods from India promoted specifically by first-generation migrant women entrepreneurs in the UK.
The event is taking place at the Camden School for Girls on the 8th October 2022 and will start at 11am until 6pm.
India Bazaar was launched in 2016 by Indian Ladies in UK – the UK’s largest community group for first generation migrant Indian women – as a way of encouraging entrepreneurship and a sense of sisterhood amongst its members, many of whom often arrive in the UK as “dependent spouses”.
The event offers women a chance to create their own niche and develop their entrepreneurial skills as well as showcase the range of talents they offer.
As in previous years, there will be stalls selling a range of goods – from traditional Indian handicrafts from the four corners of the subcontinent through to jewellery and ethnic wear. In addition, of course, there will be a range of options to tempt your palette – authentic and mouth watering treats for the foodie in you, freshly prepared by our members from Kerala to Kashmir.
India’s cultural heritage – in all its colourful glory – will also be on display with traditional dancing and singing performances and an Antakshari competition which has, in previous years, turned out extremely competitive.
This year’s bazaar will have added poignancy, seeing as it follows the long global winter of the pandemic. Countless members have lost loved ones both in the UK and in India and in many heart-breaking instances were unable to either be by the side of loved ones in India or perform last rites owing to the worldwide travel restrictions. A special remembrance area will be set aside to pay tribute and remember those that we have lost over the past two years and a special prayer will be offered in their memory.
All proceeds from the event go towards the work that Indian Ladies in UK have been doing since 2015 – assisting first generation migrant women who fall victim to domestic abuse and abandonment. ILUK remains a volunteer led Not for Profit organisation that has, since its inception in 2015, helped countless victims find shelter – often in the homes of ILUK members – and a range of assistance, from legal advice to support with visas.