Sangam Festival

A Celebration of South Asian Heritage

18 July-17 August

Find out What’s on

Online Programme

At Sangam Festival we are committed to providing online content and events for general interest and for those who are unable to access venue-based and outdoor events.

This year’s online programme comprises a selection of online talks, workshops, films and a podcast, alongside a special project highlighting notable people from each of the eight South Asian countries.


Our online events are listed on our What’s On page calendar. They include a Poetry Workshop, Singing Workshop, Open Mic Night, and the Polari showcase of LGBTQ+ writing talent.


Our films this year include:

A Quest for Roti, our documentary to tie in with the 75th anniversary of Partition, telling stories of families arriving in Kirklees from South Asia.

Salt Eaters, a short film by Mez Galeria about a multi-sensory virtual-reality project.

Intergenerational Project short films commissioned from the Partition Education Group Partnership.

Find out more about these and our other Special Projects here.

Memory Dish – a BSL poem by Sahera Khan

Following on from the BSL poem Why Together?, created for Sangam Festival in 2021, poet Sahera Khan has written and filmed a brand new poem, Memory Dish for this year’s Festival. A moving tribute to her mother’s cooking and recipes passed down through the generations, the poem is filmed with BSL, subtitles and audio options.

View Here


TOWNSOUNDS – a podcast about the rich and diverse South Asian musical heritage of the region, to tie in with the Kirklees Year of Music 2023.

View Here

The Eight Countries of South Asia

Focus on: Afghanistan

A landlocked country that shares a border with Pakistan. Capital: Kabul. Approximate population: 33,413,000.

Dr Waheed Arian grew up in Afghanistan and is now an A&E doctor in the UK and the founder of pioneering charity Arian Teleheal. His autobiography, In the Wars: A story of conflict, survival and saving lives tells how he left his war-torn homeland and now advises global organisations and governments.

Read on for his full profile…

Focus on: Bangladesh

Bangladesh is located to the east of India on the Bay of Bengal. Capital: Dhaka. Approximate population: 168,000,000.

Dina Begum is a British Bangladeshi cookbook author and writer. Her Brick Lane Cookbook was published in 2018.

Read on for her full interview…

Focus on: Bhutan

Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom located on the eastern side of the Himalayas, with India on its southern border. Capital: Thimphu (or Thimbu). Approximate population: 788,000

The Bhutan Society of the United Kingdom comprises around 500 members who celebrate the links between the UK and Bhutan. The Society holds talks and events, and publishes a newsletter for those wishing to learn more about the Kingdom of Bhutan.

Find out more about the Bhutan Society of the United Kingdom here…

Focus on: India

The most populous democracy in the world, India borders the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Capital: New Delhi. Approximate population: 1.4 billion

Anita Rani’s successful broadcast career includes presenting BBC1 Countryfile and R4 Woman’s Hour. Her memoir The Right Sort of Girl was a Sunday Times bestseller. Anita is one of the founding patrons of South Asian Heritage Month.

Read on for her full profile…

Focus on: the Maldives

A nation of 1,200 coral islands, the Maldives is situated in the Indian Ocean, off the southern tip of India. Capital: Male (or Malé). Approximate population: 559,000.

Professor Hassan Ugail was born in the Maldives and is now Professor of Visual Computing at the University of Bradford. His work on computer-based human face analysis has been used in the search for missing persons and to help identify the Novichok nerve agent suspects in Salisbury in 2018.

Read on for his full interview…

Focus on: Nepal

A landlocked country on the southern slopes of the Himalayas, Nepal borders India and Tibet. Capital: Kathmandu. Approximate population: 30,236,000

Santosh Shah is a celebrated chef and winner of MasterChef: The Professionals Rematch in 2021. His cookbook Ayla: A Feast of Nepali Dishes from Terai, Hills and the Himalayas was published in February 2022.

Read on for his full profile…

Focus on: Pakistan

Sharing a border with Afghanistan, India, Iran and China, Pakistan also has a coastline along the Arabian sea and Gulf of Oman. Capital: Islamabad. Approximate population: 235,409,000.

Sairish Hussain was brought up in Bradford and is of Pakistani heritage. Her first novel The Family Tree was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award.

Read on for her full interview…

Focus on: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of India. Capital: Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (administrative capital); Colombo (economic capital). Approximate population: 21, 594,000.

Romesh Ranganathan is a British comedian, presenter and actor of Sri Lankan heritage. He performed his first stand up aged nine and his TV shows include The Ranganation and Avoidance.

Read on for his full profile…

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