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Sangam Festival: A Celebration of South Asian Heritage, is a local festival that offers an exciting range of events and projects to the community and is set to return for its second year this summer.
After past success, the Sangam Festival is returning this Summer with special community events and a diverse program of events.
Communities Together is a Huddersfield-based social enterprise that runs the festival. This year the festival will run from 18 July to 17 August 2022, which links in with the South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM).
Festival events include venue-based, outdoor and digital activities. The expanse of activities explores and celebrates South Asian heritage, arts and culture linking in with film, music, and dance through themed walks, family events, talks, workshops and oral history projects.
The festival will have its official opening at the Piazza in Huddersfield on 16 July. Elmer, the iconic children’s book character will also make an appearance. On Sunday 17 July, the Sangam Mela – previously known as the Kirklees Mela – will return to Greenhead Park, which will include rides, stalls food and music for all to enjoy.


Sangam Festival works in partnership with other community organisations. A special project resulting from these partnerships includes a documentary film entitled A Quest for Roti.
The documentary commemorates the 75th anniversary of Partition. The film explores the journeys made by families of South Asian heritage and includes a local perspective by focusing on families who came to live in Kirklees from the 1960s onwards.
“Delighted”


Qaisar Mahmood, CEO of Communities Together and Radio Sangam, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing Sangam Festival back to Kirklees for the second year and look forward to seeing lots of people getting involved with the many exciting events and special projects we have planned.
“A huge thank you to all our cultural partners who have worked with us to develop such a varied programme of events for all to enjoy, and of course our funders – Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund for their financial support. We look forward to seeing you all in the summer.”

For more information please visit our dedicated festival website at https://www.sangamfestival.co.uk or follow us on our festival socials.

 

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  • Family Day – Meet Elmer

    Meet Elmer the patchwork elephant at our Hub opening and enjoy colouring activities. Find out about our forthcoming events – and about Indian elephants, their habits and habitats.

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  • Sangam Mela

    The Sangam mela at GreenHead park in Huddersfield will be a family fun day with activities for all the family.

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  • Into the Wilds Anthology

    If you’re interested in stories by British South Asian voices – or a writer yourself – you’ll enjoy this event with readings from a new anthology and discussion with its publishers.

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  • Family Day – Meet Elmer

    Meet Elmer the patchwork elephant at our Hub opening and enjoy colouring activities. Find out about our forthcoming events – and about Indian elephants, their habits and habitats.

    at Festival Hub
  • Sangam Mela

    The Sangam mela at GreenHead park in Huddersfield will be a family fun day with activities for all the family.

    at Greenhead Park
  • Into the Wilds Anthology

    If you’re interested in stories by British South Asian voices – or a writer yourself – you’ll enjoy this event with readings from a new anthology and discussion with its publishers.

  • WORKSHOP: Batik Silk Wall Hangings (Bagshaw)

    Enjoy a relaxing creative workshop and produce your own batik silk wall hanging to take away, based on a design from a traditional South Asian work of art. No previous experience required.

  • Inclusive Sensory Station Session

    A free afternoon of activities for children and young adults with additional needs, physical and mental disabilities (self-soothing calming areas available). Led by SEN specialist Salma Zaman.

  • WORKSHOP: Asian Anime Drawing

    Learn about Asian anime drawing and create your own work in this interactive workshop led by Hardeep Sahota and Zara Hussain. Part of the Huddersfield BID’s Comic Con activities.

  • Open Mic Night with Sharena Lee Satti

    Come and share your work at our Open Mic Night, in an inclusive safe space where everyone is welcome to perform or to listen. Hosted by Sharena Lee Satti.

  • WORKSHOP: Bhangra at Bagshaw Museum

    Enjoy a Bhangra demonstration and learn some of the popular moves of this traditional folk dance from the Panjab, with local Bhangra expert, Hardeep Sahota.

  • WORKSHOP: Silk Card Painting (Festival Hub)

    Enjoy a relaxing creative workshop and produce your own silk card painting to take away, based on a design from a traditional South Asian work of art. No previous experience required.

  • ONLINE: Poetry Workshop – Finding Your Voice

    Join Sharena Lee Satti for a gentle way to explore poetry and find your poetic voice. No experience needed, just an open mind and a willingness to try something new.

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