Cultural Style Week 2024 In Sheffield: Launch Success [PHOTO CFS&W] Cultural Style Week 2024 In Sheffield: Launch Success [PHOTO CFS&W]

Cultural Style Week has officially made its mark in Sheffield South Yorkshire with a spectacular launch event and fashion show hosted by Meadowhall Centre on Friday 24 May.

Cultural Style Week is a dynamic movement created to celebrate the beauty of culture through fashion. It’s that one week in a year. The organizers invite people from all backgrounds to proudly embrace and ‘wear their heritage'. From May 21 to 27 each year, individuals worldwide are encouraged to participate by donning their cultural attire and sharing their vibrant expressions online using the hashtag #CulturalStyleWeek. Wear traditional attire from your specific ethnic group or country. This could include colorful printed fabrics, elaborate headdresses, beaded jewelry, etc.
 Cultural Fashion & Style Week 2024 [PHOTO CF&SW]
 In partnership with Welcoming Cultures, the event was a spectacular celebration of Sheffield's cultural diversity through fashion and expressive art. 
 Cultural Fashion & Style Week 2024 [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Hosted by the charismatic Arzu Dutta, the event drew a large crowd eager to experience the impressive lineup of performances and fashion showcases by talented designers, performers, and cultural educators with models supplied by Lewin Arundell Models.
 Cultural Fashion & Style Week 2024 [PHOTO CF&SW]
 The event commenced with a warm welcome from Jayne Dunn the Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield, setting the stage for an energetic opening dance performance by the Sheffield School of Bollywood Dance, led by Shaz Khan. 
Cultural Fashion & Style Week 2024 [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Cultural Style Week Namibian brand Ambassador Jorokee Kamuvete showcased Namibian fashion with an educational twist through her brand Joree Art Dreams [PHOTO CF&SW]
 The designs celebrate Ovaherero cultural heritage and traditions. The dress, called ohorokva is a vibrant, long, colourful dress worn with layers of fabric petticoats. It includes Ovaherero headgear called otjikaiva [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Valentina's Collective Arts by Pareesha Valentina followed with a collection titled ‘Our Caribbean Bliss’ which featured stunning carnival costumes, bringing a burst of colour and festivity to the stage.[PHOTO CF&SW]
Cultural Fashion & Style Week 2024 [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Terezia Rostas showcased the timeless elegance of traditional Roma attire with her "Gabor" collection. [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Owning a personal collection of over 400 traditional Roma costumes made by her mother and aunties, Rostas reinterprets and reconditions these pieces to celebrate and preserve Roma heritage.[PHOTO CF&SW]

Loly by Zita Moldovan,  highlighted Roma fashion with her collection, combining traditional elements with contemporary designs with each piece telling a story of heritage and pride. [PHOTO CF&SW] 


 Husband and wife duo Sakina and Babak from the Azerbaijan Dance & Music Group captivated the audience with a live Azerbaijani instrumental and dance performance, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of
Azerbaijan. [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Following the dance, Sakina presented an educational fashion showcase, presenting traditional Azerbaijani attire and its cultural significance. [PHOTO CF&SW]
  Cultural Fashion & Style Week 2024 [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Cultural Style Week brand ambassador Jennifer Laurent-Smart, presented vibrant designs from her fashion brand Sakafet London featuring modern and traditional garments that highlighted the cultural heritage of Dominica.  [PHOTO CF&SW]
 L-R: Candy Ellie Graham and Jennifer-Laurent SmartCultural Fashion & Style Week 2024 [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Terezia Rostas returned to the stage for an engaging showcase by Welcoming Cultures UK. Cultural Fashion & Style Week 2024 [PHOTO CF&SW]
 The segment featuring business and community leaders Olivier Tsemo of SADACCA, Kelvin Quick of China Red Restaurant and others, leading by example through taking part in the event. [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Cultural Style Week Brand Ambassador for Romania, Alexandra Maria proudly represented her Romanian heritage, honouring her family’s longstanding tradition of crafting Romanian folk costumes. [PHOTO CF&SW]
  Cultural Fashion & Style Week 2024 [PHOTO CF&SW]
 The outfits showcased were from her personal collection and included garments passed down from her grandmother.  [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Gloria "Oge" Igbokwe of Cliffmaris Couture closed the fashion segments with a stunning showcase of Nigerian fashion, bringing a touch of elegance and cultural richness to the stage. [PHOTO CF&SW]
 The event concluded with closing remarks by Alexis Krachai, president of the Sheffield Chamber Of Commerce who welcomed the team to the stage before our amazing host Arzu gave the closing address, inviting attendees to network, meet the designers, and enjoy the rest of the evening.  [PHOTO CF&SW]
L-R: Thomas Dunn, Jayne Dunn Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Candy Ellie Graham, Pavel Diaz [PHOTO CF&SW] 

The Cultural Style Week Sheffield event was a resounding success, celebrating cultural heritage and fashion in a vibrant and engaging manner. The diverse performances and fashion showcase left a lasting impression on attendees, highlighting the beauty and richness of global cultures.

L-R: Rosamaria K Cisneros, Terezia Rostas [PHOTO CF&SW] 
L-R: Diana Buckley, Candy Ellie Graham, Jayne Dunn Lord Mayor of Sheffield [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Speaking of the event, Diana Buckley, Director of Economy, Skills and Culture for Sheffield City Council said “This was a fantastic evening at Meadowhall for Cultural Style Week with Terezia Rostas (of Welcoming Cultures) and Candy Ellie Graham (of Cultural Style Week). Credit to you both for the vibrant celebration of culture through fashion, arts, music and dance. It was especially fun as I got to take my children to enjoy the event.”
 Candy-Ellie Graham, Cultural Style Week Founder [PHOTO CF&SW] 

“I have been backstage for most of the event but was delighted to see the smiles and engaged expressions from the audience as the show commenced. I am very grateful to the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and Sheffield Chamber of Commerce for supporting this with Sheffield City Council. I also want to extend my gratitude to our runway producer Pavel Diaz and the team at Meadowhall centre including Maddison Cooper, Paul Renolds and Ashlyn Miller for being very supportive throughout and providing an excellent venue and production services via Limelight productions. Their support has been invaluable". Candy-Ellie Graham, Cultural Style Week Founder

L-R: Madison Cooper, Candy-Ellie Graham, Paul Renolds [PHOTO CF&SW] 
The celebration of culture continues 
                                                                                                                              Cultural Fashion & Style Week 2024 [PHOTO CF&SW]
 Mark your calendars for another significant event on Saturday 22 June at the Millennium Gallery in Sheffield.  Welcoming Cultures in collaboration with the ‘Migration Matters Festival’ will be hosting a day of cultural celebrations, information stalls, and activities. This event is free and suitable for the whole family and also coincides with and celebrates Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month and Refugee Week.
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