From 18th July, we are 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 marks the first formal celebration of South Asian Heritage Month, taking place between 18 July 2020 - 17 August 2020

Due to the current context of Covid-19 SAHM 2020 is being delivered online.

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

To celebrate South Asian Heritage Month, the British Council, Manchester Museum and young people aged 18-25 have curated a programme of activity involving artists and speakers from the UK and South Asia. Programme themes have been selected by young people and include language, diaspora and identity, alongside a focus on music, literature and fashion. Through a series of discussions, workshops and performances, South Asian Heritage Month is connecting speakers, artists and young people across the UK and South Asia - in particular in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh. For the full programme and more events celebrating South Asian Heritage Month, visit the Manchester Museum website. To find out about the international programme, view the online programme

Activity will extend beyond the commemorative month itself, providing legacy opportunities for young people for the remainder 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?

Join in the online programme of South Asian Heritage Month events to take part in workshops, tutorials and discussions about South Asian Heritage.

For news of the latest opportunities, 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, a partnership with Manchester MuseumGlasgow Life and UK Youth.

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. 

Open Call for young people aged 18-25 to curate activity for SAHM

In May 2020, The British Council and Manchester Museum launched an open call for young people aged 18-25 in the UK to run online events and activities as part of South Asian Heritage Month.

26 proposals were selected, with successful applicants based in Manchester, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Blackburn, Oldham, Leicester, Birmingham, West Midlands, Lewes and Sheffield amongst others.

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