Truro Cathedral was bustling for the Big World Fair held in April, with those attending accompanied inside by a Samba band.

Organised by the Diocese of Truro’s International Links Committee, the event saw over 30 exhibitors sharing space with the Roseland Academy Samba Band, Cornwall Youth Choir, and visitors.

Bishop Hugh Nelson welcomed people to the day before four speakers from Christian Aid, Edukid, Five Talents and Tearfund took to the stage.

There were performances from Cornwall Youth Choir, singer Isaac Salaman and Roseland Academy Samba Band and drumming workshops lead by Andrew Nicholson, which proved a hit with all ages.

The Big World Fair was a day of celebrating the global church family, sharing how different organisations are working across the world and how churches and individuals can get involved, support and learn from our brothers and sisters in different parts of the world.

Christine Salaman, a member of the International Links Committee and one of the event organisers, said: “There was a real buzz as exhibitors networked, visitors chatted, and the youngsters sang. The drumming even got people up dancing! The talks were inspiring and encouraging and it was good to see people realise they can get involved.”

Speaking after the event, Bishop Hugh said: “It was a beautifully organised event, and clearly enabled many, many rich and helpful conversations. I am sure that the church in Cornwall will be more global in its thinking and practice as a result.”

One of the exhibitors said: “The energy and commitment of so many people there was quite palpable and very uplifting. It proved to be a very good way of networking with others who share a similar vision of a fairer and more just world. A real living out of gospel values.”

You can get a taste of the day by watching some of the videos or listen to the talks here