About Kala Sangam
Kala Sangam, is a leading Bradford south Asian and collaborative arts organisation based at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre in Bradford.
In Sanskrit, ‘Kala’ is arts and ‘Sangam’, a meeting point which also refers to a confluence of rivers, such as the Triveni Sangam in North India. Our mission is to deliver outstanding south Asian and intercultural arts in contemporary Britain and our vision is to be a dynamic intercultural arts organisation valued by communities, artists and audiences everywhere.
Kala Sangam aims to increase understanding and appreciation of the cultural traditions of South Asia, whilst improving awareness of racial, cultural and social issues. Established in 1993, the company works with local and international artists to create and deliver collaborative work through performances, classes, workshops, and training courses. The company delivers art and cultural activities that bring communities together by promoting understanding and mutual respect. Kala Sangam values diversity, ensuring fair access to services so that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy and participate in the arts.
This work ties in with and is guided by the cultural vision for Bradford, which embraces the city’s rich cultural heritage as a legacy for the future generations.
While most of the company’s work takes place in West Yorkshire, its touring programme and outreach activities extend nationally and internationally.
Kala Sangam Academy provides south Asian arts education, research and career development opportunities. This is done through classes, workshops, masterclasses, work placements, residencies, national and international performance opportunities, arts awards, and continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities for artists and performing arts teachers.
We present two seasons of varied programming which features south Asian and collaborative arts. Our Box Office provides a ticketing facility and information on the programme of events.
Kala Sangam artists respond to commissions by creating themed performances of spoken word – dance and music and also manage artistic programming for an event. Both public and private events are catered for, including private parties, weddings, festivals and large public events.
Our attractive city centre venue is open for small and large events. Catering and technical support is available. We also offer managed office/workshop/practice space for tenants and outside users.
Kala Sangam Schools and Community promotes understanding and mutual respect and provides an accessible, enjoyable experience of south Asian arts, culture and heritage through curriculum linked or theme-based creative workshops, projects, classes and diversity days.