Saturday 19 August
Get ready for a vibrant celebration of South Asian culture, as the Bradford South Asian Festival returns from August 18th to 20th for an exciting weekender that promises to light up the district’s 2023 South Asian Heritage Month celebrations.
Day 2 of the Bradford South Asian Festival here at Kala Sangam, from theatre writing workshops and traditional south Asian musical fun, to a glitzy retro Bollywood Disco for ladies, Hip Hop and Breakin’ Lab for the lads and an arts and craft workshop for children, there’s so much fun for the whole family to enjoy.
Theatre Writing Workshop | 11am | Pay What You Decide
Have you ever thought about writing a play but didn’t know where to start? Here’s you chance to work with established West Yorkshire Playwright Shazia Ashraf to learn how to bring your ideas to life.
BSAF Arts + Crafts | 12pm – 4pm | Pay What You Decide
Join artist Zareena Bano for a fun arts and crafts session celebrating the most colourful and joyful elements of South Asian culture from across a vibrant region which includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
Salaam’O’Salaam, Hip Hop & Breakin’ Lab | 3pm | Pay What You Decide
Join Choreographer Bobak Champion to learn about Hip Hop history and build your confidence whilst rehearsing in a safe and friendly environment.
Please note this event is for men and boy aged 12+.
Antakshari – The Ultimate Desi Sing-Song | 4pm | Pay What You Decide
It’s the original riff-off competition with a South Asian twist. Join us for an afternoon of musical fun as teams of singers battle it out to be crowned Bradford’s Antakshari champions. You don’t have to be pitch perfect, but you do need to know your desi tunes. Shuru Karein Antakshari!
Before this event, there will be a chance to warm up your vocal chords with tips from a professional singer.
Bollywood Dance Session | 6pm | Pay What You Decide
Dance teacher Salma Zaman from Salma’s Bollywood Dance Academy will take you through some simple and fun Bollywood dancing steps to get you ready for the evening of disco deewangi to come.
Disco Deewaney (Retro Bollywood Disco) | 7pm | £8 – £10
It’s time to let your hair down, kick off those heels and pull on that sequinned jumpsuit (not necessarily in that order!) as Bradford South Asian Festival once again celebrates the pure, unbridled joy of retro Bollywood disco!
It’s the ultimate girls’ night out in a safe women-only space – and it’s an all-out celebration of desi kitsch. The event was such a hit last year, especially with the ladies, that we decided to bring it back bigger, glitzier and girlier. And before the dancefloor opens up, there will be a chance to learn and practice a few dazzling desi disco moves with the help of Salma Zaman, of Salma’s Bollywood Dance Academy.
Please note this event is for women only.
View the full programme for the 2023 Bradford South Asian Festival below.