From 18th July, we'll be celebrating South Asian Heritage Month, a month of activity to explore the shared cultures and histories of the UK and South Asia. 

What is South Asian Heritage Month?

South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) exists in order to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian history and culture, as well as to better understand the diverse heritage that continues to link the UK and South Asia.

It was launched in the House of Commons in July 2019. This year's SAHM, taking place between 18 July - 17 August 2020, marks the second annual celebration.

Due to the current context of Covid-19 SAHM 2020 will be delivered online.

What is the British Council doing for South Asian Heritage Month?

Together with Manchester Museum, we will create paid employment, training and engagement opportunities for young people aged 11-25. As a large-scale commemorative month, SAHM has great potential to mainstream young people’s stories and experience as a powerful, relevant and contemporary campaign.

Activity will extend beyond the commemorative month itself, providing legacy opportunities for young people for the remained of this year and supporting heritage organisations to engage with South Asian Heritage month in 2021.

 In partnership with Manchester Museum, we will:

  • create paid employment opportunities for young people aged 18-25 to join the SAHM team
  • offer open call and training opportunities for young people aged 18-25 to plan, curate and deliver online activity for SAHM
  • support youth and community groups across Greater Manchester to engage with SAHM

We will also produce a toolkit for cultural and heritage organisations to provide guidance around engaging with commemorative months and designing youth-led activity.

How can young people get involved?

We'll be offering a range of opportunities throughout the month. For the latest opportunity, see the dropdown box below which we will be updating regularly. 

How is it funded?

This activity is funded by the DCMS Youth Accelerator Fund via National Lottery Heritage Fund. The project is part of Our Shared Cultural Heritage.

Find out more

If you're interested in finding out more about SAHM or would like to get involved, please contact Isobel Cecil, programme manager for Our Shared Cultural Heritage. 

Current Opportunity: Apply to run digital activities as part of South Asian Heritage Month (18-25 year olds)

Manchester Museum and British Council are looking to support young people aged 18-25 to run South Asian Heritage Month programmes, projects or events for youth audiences. Apply to deliver a programme, project or event here 

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