Sangam Festival: A Celebration of South Asian Heritage will return to Kirklees this summer after securing funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants.
Sangam Festival is a community festival celebrating South Asian arts, culture and heritage. The aim of the festival is to bring people together to enjoy the heritage and multi-arts events in a spirit of celebration, positivity and harmony. Inclusive and representative.
Sangam Festival is for people of all South Asian backgrounds – and for anyone who would like to immerse themselves in the rich history and cultural heritage of South Asia.
The Festival, which is run by Huddersfield-based social enterprise Communities Together, bid for funding to present a diverse programme of events and special projects in the run-up to and during South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) from 18 July to 17 August 2022.
These will include venue-based, outdoor and digital activities celebrating South Asian heritage, arts and culture – from film, music and family events to talks, workshops and oral history projects.
The much-needed investment into the region will help to boost the local economy, engage schools and young people in activities relating to South Asian Heritage, and provide vital new commissions for local freelance practitioners.
It will also promote community cohesion, encouraging participation from a wide demographic, including often overlooked communities.
Qaisar Mahmood, CEO of Communities Together and Radio Sangam, said: “We are grateful to Arts Council England, Heritage Fund and National Lottery players for supporting Sangam Festival for a second year. The Festival fills a gap in provision, and we look forward to delivering another exciting and innovative programme to celebrate South Asian heritage and culture in Kirklees.”
South Asian Heritage Month “seeks to raise the profile of British South Asian heritage and history in the UK through education, arts, culture and commemoration with the goal of helping people to better understand the diversity of present-day Britain and improve social cohesion across the country”.
Sangam Festival shares the SAHM goals of reclaiming the history and identity of British South Asian people and allowing them to tell their own stories, as well as looking back in history to see how Britain became the diverse country it is today.
The Festival will also be supported by Communities Together’s sister organisation Radio Sangam the most followed South Asian community radio station in the UK, broadcasting 24/7, 365 days a year in Urdu, Punjabi, Sylheti, Arabic, Gujarati and English.