By Joshua Robinson –
On Sunday, 9 July, the Sangam Mela will start the Sangam Festival, Yorkshire’s leading South Asian Heritage Month festival. The event will be held at Greenhead Park from 12 pm to 7 pm.
The Sangam Mela will have a full lineup of:
- music acts
- fun fair
- stalls and family entertainment taking place throughout the day
In 2022, the last Sangam Mela attracted an audience of around 6,700 people.
The Sangam Festival:
The Sangam Festival: A Celebration of South Asian Heritage will return to Kirklees, West Yorkshire, this summer after securing funding from the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants and Kirklees Council.
Following the Sangam Mela on the 9 July, there will be a diverse programme of venue-based, outdoor and digital activities celebrating South Asian heritage, arts and culture, taking place during South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM): 18 July – 17 August 2023.
A comprehensive Schools Programme will also engage young people in activities relating to South Asian heritage.
Sangam Festival is for people of all South Asian backgrounds – and for anyone who would like to immerse themselves in South Asia’s rich history and
The Festival is supported by Communities Together and 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.
Festival Director and CEO of Communities Together and Radio Sangam, Qaisar Mahmood, said: “In two short years, Sangam Festival has established an enviable reputation for promoting South Asian heritage, culture and entertainment in Yorkshire, as well as bringing much-needed investment into Kirklees, providing vital new commissions for local freelance practitioners and promoting community cohesion. We’re excited to be back for a third year.”
Cllr Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees, said: “Kirklees Council is delighted to see the return of Sangam Festival, starting with the Mela on 9 July – part of a weekend of music also featuring Huddersfield Carnival as part of this year’s Kirklees Year of Music.”
“The year is all about bringing the diverse communities of Kirklees together through music, and Sangam Festival will undoubtedly achieve that with a series of cultural events for all to enjoy.”
Kirklees Year of Music 2023:
The Sangam Mela, and by extension, the Sangam Festival, are a part of Kirklees Year of Music 2023.
Kirklees Year of Music in 2023 is a place-based, cultural change programme initiated and led by Kirklees Council.
This year has been designated as a Year of Music for the district, and through investment in the district’s diverse musical talent, communities and businesses, the year-long programme of events and projects will strengthen the music ecology of Kirklees from its roots.
The programme aims to celebrate the richness and diversity of Kirklees’ music heritage, the music created and performed today, and the ambition for the future, inclusive of all music genres, all communities, and all forms.
To read more about the Sangam Festival, please visit KLTV’s: Yorkshire’s leading South Asian Heritage Month festival returns for 2023.
For more information about the Sangam Festival, please visit https://sangamfestival.co.uk/.