The National Nowka Bais UK
Oxford 2008 - 2012 / Bedfordshire 2013 / Birmingham 2015 - 2019
Nowka Bais is certainly the first known Nowka Bais in the UK. The event attracts thousands of visitors from different communities from all of UK.
Spectators are thrilled by the 18 teams racing to international standard, promoting water sports, heritage, health and wellbeing, supporting charities and championing women’s racing.
In addition to watching the racing, visitors can take in the ambience of the enclosures, enjoying the array of street foods, chai, mock tails, desserts, shopping stalls and supporting local business as well as enjoying the charming views of the Boat race.
Messages Of Support
I was most interested to learn about the history of the Nowka Bais and your continued support of your chosen charities. I much appreciate your kind words and, in return, send my best wishes to you all for a memorable and successful event.
Her Majesty The Queen –
I am delighted to learn that Nowka Bais UK will be dedicating the 12th National Nowka Bais to the celebration of the Golden Jubilee of Independence of Bangladesh in London. Given that, Nowka Bais is a Bengali folk heritage sports & an integral part of our Bengali identity.
Her Excellency Saida Muna Tasneem –
High Commissioner of Bangladesh to the UK
I am delighted to be able to use the fifth annual Nowka Bais to recognise the important contribution the Bangladeshi community has made over so many years, in the community cohesion, & towards the enrichment of Britain’s cultural, social & economic life.
David Cameron –
UK Prime Minister 2010 - 2016
This traditional Bangladeshi event also gives us the opportunity to celebrate the success of the British – Bangladeshi community. Britain is home to nearly half a million British nationals of Bangladeshi heritage – a community renowned for its fusion of cultures and its impact on the British culinary tastes.
Robert Gibson –
UK High Commissioner, Dhaka, 2012
What is the Nowka Bais?
The Nowka Bais is simply translated as "Boat Race" in English, but its true heritage carries a much more deeper meaning than that. Traditionally seen during the monsoon seasons in rural Bangladesh, pre 2007, a Nowka has never been seen before on UK waters, let alone a Nowka Bais. Find out how it all started.
Nowka Bais Today - Take a look
With the National Nowka Bais in its 12th Year, many of you have joined us in spreading the beautiful culture of Bangladesh to thousands of people from all over the United Kingdom. Allowing many people to experience Nowka Bais on British Waters but also reaching wider audiences worldwide. Have a look at some of the moments captured over the last 12 years of Nowka Bais.
The Making of Champions
" The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. " - Phil Jackson
Want to become the 12th National Nowka Bais UK Champions?
More than a Boat Race
As the National Nowka Bais UK event has become a household name for its wonderful races –it also has become a joyous event for many other reasons. Over the last 12 years, Nowka Bais UK has catered for thousands of spectators and attendees with more than just exciting races –We have provided hundreds of different food stalls from all over the world, carnival rides and attractions to keep the whole family busy and some of the biggest name stars in the music Industry – A truly all encompassing event to satisfy everyone.