From 18 July - 17 August 2021, we celebrated 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. 2021 marked the second South Asian Heritage Month, it took place between 18 July - 17 August 2021.
What did Our Shared Cultural Heritage do South Asian Heritage Month?
To celebrate South Asian Heritage Month, the British Council, Glasgow Life, Manchester Museum and young people curated a programme of activity involving artists and speakers from the UK and South Asia. Programme themes were selected by young people and included language, diaspora and identity, alongside a focus on music, literature and fashion. Through a series of discussions, workshops and performances, South Asian Heritage Month connected speakers, artists and young people across the UK and South Asia - in particular in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh.