By KLTV Newsdesk –
Two exciting events will be taking place in Huddersfield this weekend to launch the start of Sangam Festival.
The festival starts on Saturday 16 July with the official opening of the festival hub at 12.30 pm on the Piazza, Huddersfield by the Mayor of Kirklees Cllr Masood Ahmed and a special appearance from iconic children’s character Elmer the Patchwork Elephant.
The Sangam Mela (Huddersfield Mela) will then return on Sunday 17 July at Greenhead Park from 12 pm – 5 pm.
Sangam Festival: A Celebration of South Asian Heritage is organised by Huddersfield-based social enterprise Communities Together and takes place in indoor and outdoor venues across Kirklees as well as online from 18 July – 17 August.
The festival which was set up to coincide with South Asian Heritage Month features a month-long programme of diverse events celebrating South Asian heritage, arts, and culture – from film, music, dance, themed walks, and family events to talks, workshops and oral history projects.
The Return of Mela
Qaisar Mahmood, CEO of Communities Together and Radio Sangam, said: “We’re delighted to be bringing the Sangam Festival back to Kirklees for the second year and the launch weekend promises to be exciting with the opening of the hub and the return of the Mela to Huddersfield.
“We have a full programme of events and special projects taking place throughout the month to celebrate South Asian heritage, so we hope the people of Kirklees get involved and enjoy what’s on offer.”
The Sangam Mela is organised by Radio Sangam with the support of Kirklees Council and includes jewellery and fashion stalls, South Asian food, face painting, rides – and music on the big stage.
Information about the wider Festival and the full programme can be found at: https://sangamfestival.co.uk/