South Asian Heritage Month starts on 16 July and is a celebration of the ongoing cultural legacy of the region and the lives of the people of South Asian heritage in Britain today, many of whom live in Calderdale. It is an opportunity for us all to celebrate the long and rich history of British Asians and the positive impacts they have within our communities.
The Festival will begin with the TILAWATH recitation followed by the ADHAN (call to Mid-day prayer) by SHAYKH ABDULLAH. The programme will then lead on to a reading of nasheeds.
Followed by an array of British South Asian talent in venues including Square Chapel and Victoria Theare.
There will also be a range of stalls on the day, including: Henna painting, calligraphy arts, face- painting, antique Pakistani jewellery, handmade fabrics and bags + sweet treats like traditional corn cob sellers.
We will also be having a range of fun, family-friendly activities in The Piece Hall courtyard
Calderdale’s Museums and Library Service will also arrange a number of commemorative displays and events to complement this important local celebration, including examples of South Asian textiles and art from the Museum collection, as well as contemporary objects from people of South Asian heritage living in Calderdale. The Calderdale Library Service will hold a reminiscence workshop, where people from the South Asian community can share memories and stories. This will form the basis of new Local Studies work for the community archive.
verd de gris arts will also be running TAXI film, showcasing the stories and experiences of local SOUTH ASIAN TAXI DRIVERS the film will be available through local libraries and promoted through local taxi firms.
Tickets are FREE for ALL performances and workshops!