Bradford South Asian Heritage Month returns from July 17th to August 22nd.

Bradford South Asian Heritage Month is about promoting the rich and vibrant contribution of South Asian diaspora communities to the life and identity of Bradford, and to reach out to people regardless of background who are interested in South Asian culture but who might not normally engage with mainstream arts and culture.

What’s on:

Gigglewallahs! – Comedy Night

Friday 17th July, 8pm – 9:30pm @ Kala Sangam

Join us for SAHM’s Annual Comedy Night! South Asian Heritage Festival & Bradford Fringe bring us an evening full of Desi laughs for everyone! With hilarious local and national comedians hosted by BBC Radio 4’s Nick Ahad.

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#EidMubarakBradford

19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd July – Recording sto be posted across the days of Eid-ul-Adha on our social media

Keep an eye on #BradfordSAHM’s social media on the days of Eid-ul-Adha with messages from the volunteer team at Bradford Eid Festival!

Join in! Record a short video with your family and friends and say ‘Eid Mubarak Bradford!’ Add #EidMubarakBradford @BradfordSAHM @BradfordEidFest and we will retweet on our socials!

Poetry & Dance Movement with Geetha

Friday July 23th 7:30 PM, Zoom Meeting Format

Join Dr Geetha to participate in writing short poems, which will then be interpreted through Abhinaya, adding a new dimension to the words read.

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The Mysteries of Arabic Calligraphy meet Industrial Bradford

Saturday 24th July, 11am – 12pm

Location: Artworks Creative Communities, Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, BD7 1AA

Talk with Razwan Ul-Haq who is an author, artist and poet. His work explores spirituality through minimalism in literature and visual calligraphy.

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Breaking the Silence Open Mic Evening, with Sharena Lee Satti & Abda Khan

Sunday 25th July, 6pm – 7:30pm, Zoom Meeting Format

Join Sharena & Abda for another open-mic evening, inviting you to share your words of inspiration on the theme of ‘Culture’.

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Reminiscence and Migration & Dementia Awareness Discussion / Workshop

Tuesday 27th July, 11am – 12:30pm

Location: Girlington Community Centre, Girlington Rd, BD8 9NN

Discussion forum where conversations about care of the elderly influenced by South Asian values and faith-based influences with the aim to create a library of memories for people.

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Sport in Safe Spaces for Women & Girls – Football Sessions 

Thursday 29th July

Session 1: 11am-12pm, Session 2: 2pm-3pm

Location: Khidmat Community Centre, 36 Spencer Rd, BD7 2EU

Open to people 10 years+, limited places available

Coaches, Husnaa Zaman and Naadrah Hafeez deliver bespoke  sessions to engage and promote women in sports. This is a great opportunity to try something new in a fun, safe and engaging environment!

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Sharing Voices – Community Conversations

Thursday 29th July, 5pm – 6:30pm, Zoom Discussion Format

Community Conversations’ is a monthly gathering to speak, listen and learn with compassion on issues related to mental health & wellbeing. For July the topic of Postnatal Depression, from a social and community perspective.

Our guests are Yunis Alam and Amira Akhtar from University of Bradford.

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Millan Centre Garden Party

Saturday 31st July, 2:30pm – 5:30pm

Location: Milian Centre 89 Victor St, Manningham, BD9 4RA

Join the team at Millan Centre and Bradford South Asian Heritage Month for a Mina Bazaar style (socially distanced) garden party, with a range of activities aimed & Women and children.

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Meet Me Under the Blossom Tree, with Intercultured

Saturday 31st July, 7pm – 8:30pm

Location: Bradford Moor Park, BD3 7JD

Intercultured are holding a safe space where you to share memories, poetry, short stories, songs and music, about our grief for the loss of loved ones and sense of self and finding ourselves in a strange new world.

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Short-Film Screening & Discussion: Heritage, Architecture and Faith

Monday 2nd August, 6pm-8pm, Zoom Discussion Format

Aqeefah and Mohammed Zahid (Youth & Faith Workers at Sharing Voices Bradford) as we celebrate South Asian Heritage and architecture in Bradford with a short film followed by an open discussion on heritage and identity.

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Life, Loss, Learning and Legacy – Video Storytelling by Lippy People & Womenzone

Tuesday 3rd August 2021, 1pm – 2:30pm,  Zoom Discussion Format

As Screening of a set of video-stories made in 2020 by a group of storytellers from Womenzone Community Centre on the ‘Life, Loss, Learning and Legacy’ Project (4Ls) that share their life experiences, how they have coped with loss, and the learning that flows from these experiences.

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Talk – Literature, Language and Place

Thursday 5th August, 6pm – 7:30pm

This event will take place on Zoom and streamed.

Sociologist Yunis Alam and literary critic Claire Chambers invite you to explore literature, representation and language in relation to the British-Pakistani diaspora.

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Memories of the Mela – In Conversation with Champak Limbachia

Friday 6th August 2021, 6pm – 7:30pm

Location: St. Georges Hall, Bridge St, BD1 IJT

In Conversation with Champak Limbachia about his memories of the Bradford Mela and we invite you to share yours, too!

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Torn between Two Cultures – Cultural Ecology Project, with Womenzone 

Monday 9th August, 12pm

On Bradford South Asian Heritage Month socials @BradfordSAHM

A pre-recorded performance that will be showcasing the stories of South Asian women in the north and their parenting experiences. Join us to be a part of their journey in navigating the relationship between a child and a parent in the 21st century and the trials and tribulations that they face.

More information at: https://www.facebook.com/theculturalecologyproject  and http://womenzonecc.co.uk

Menopause Poetry Workshop 

Wednesday 11th August 2021, 5:30pm – 7:30pm 

Location: Artworks Creative Communities, Delius Arts & Cultural Centre, BD7 1AA

We invite women, with South Asian heritage who maybe going through the peri/menopause to take space at a poetry workshop to help give words to the experiences.

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Sport in Safe Spaces for Women & Girls – Box-Fit Sessions 

Thursday 12th August

Session 1: 11am-12pm, Session 2: 2pm-3pm

Location: Khidmat Community Centre, 36 Spencer Rd, Bradford BD7 2EU

Open to people 10 years+, limited places available

Coaches, Husnaa Zaman and Naadrah Hafeez deliver bespoke  sessions to engage and promote women in sports. This is a great opportunity to try something new in a fun, safe and engaging environment!

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Peri/Menopause Poetry Readings

Wednesday 18th August 2021, 6:30pm – 8pm, Zoom Discussion Format

This poetry reading will be about the participants sharing their poems (anonymously) with an audience and together we raise awareness around the topic of Peri/Menopause.

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Happy Raksha Bandhan Bradford

Sunday 22nd August

Recordings to be shared on social media across the day celebrating Raksha Bandhan

Keep an eye on #BradfordSAHM’s social media on the day of Raksha Bandhan, as Kajal Patel shares with Bradford the significance of the festival in Hindu and Sikh faith, how to make a Rakhee and some celebratory messages from the community!

Join in! Record a short video with your family and friends and say ‘Happy Raksha Bandhan Bradford!’ Add #HappyRakshaBandhanBradford @BradfordSAHM and we will retweet on our socials!

Musical Calligraphy with Razwan-Ul-Haq & Dipak Mistry (Summer Unlocked programme)

11am-3pm across all dates listed.

29th July, City Park, Bradford City Centre, BD1 1HY

30th July, Wibsey Park, Beacon Road, BD6 3QD

1st August, City Park, Bradford BD1 1HY

19th August, Lund Park, Malsis Rd, BD21 1JQ

28th August, Peel Park, Cliffe Road, BD3 0LT

3rd September, Windhill Cricket Club, Thackley Old Rd, BD18 1DR

4th September, Upper Wyke Recreation Ground, Mayfield Avenue, BD12 9PX

Join DJ, Dipak Mistry and artist, Razwan Ul-Haq as they combine the music of classical South Asian Ghazals and Qawwali with traditional Arabic calligraphy in an exciting performance event.

Audiences are also invited to join in and have a go at drawing basic Arabic calligraphy, letter forms and words.

Bradford Park Avenue Ladies Cricket

Bradford Park Avenue Ladies Cricket club invites you to join us for an open session, learn how to play and meet some amazing people. 

Come, have a laugh, get fit & play cricket! You never know, you may be the next Mithali Raj, Heather Knight or Bismah Maroof!

Sessions open to women and girls only, over age 15 years. 

Date: Every Saturday in July & August (weather permitting)

When: 11am – 12.30pm

Where: Park Avenue Cricket Ground nets, Canterbury Avenue, BD5 0PY (Entrance next to Asda)

Places limited to 15, Contact BPAL Cricket to book

Tel: 07949980947 / Email: BPALcricket@Gmail.com.

Facebook: Bradford Park Avenue Ladies Cricket  / Twitter & Instagram: @BPALCricket 

BCB Radio Programming

17th July – 22nd August 2021, 7pm

Join BCB Radio 106.6FM, in partnership with Bradford South Asian Heritage Month presenting ‘In conversation’ radio programmes, profiling Bradford based pioneers on the One-to-One show, and a series of Spice music programmes, too.

All programmes will be broadcasted at 7pm on BCB 106.6FM and at www.bcbradio.co.uk. If you can’t  tune in on the night, you will find all programmes on the Listen Back service.