The Council are hosting and supporting a number of events across the city to mark South Asian Heritage Month and to celebrate Manchester's South Asian communities.
South Asian Heritage Month is a national awareness month which runs from 18 July to 17 August each year, and seeks to celebrate South Asian Cultures, histories and communities. 2023’s theme is ‘stories to tell’ and focusses on celebrating the stories that make up the UK’s diverse and vibrant South Asian communities.
There are a number of events taking place for South Asian Heritage Month, for more info visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/events
Friday 28 July, Khizra Mosque, 6-8pm
This event will showcase of South Asian Culture. Young people in youth groups around the area have been working to present poetry, art and fashion about what being South Asian means to them. This event has been organised in partnership with HOME MCR and local artists, who have helped and enabled the young people to creatively share their stories. The event is free to attend and more information can be found on the council’s website.
Monday 31 July, Jain Centre, 6:30-10pm
Residents can enjoy an immersive evening of music and dance as the Jain Centre in Levenshulme will be hosting a night of Punjabi folk music with artist Heer Ranjha.
Monday 7 August, Longsight Arts Space, 11:30am-13:30pm
Young residents will be able to enjoy an afternoon of arts and crafts in honour of South Asian Heritage Month. This event will be perfect for little ones and budding artists to let their creative juices flow as they learn about South Asian Heritage and spend the afternoon drawing.
Friday 11 August, Rushford Park, 3-5pm
Rushford’s Park event will be hosted and held by young people from the local community who have been working with local artists to tell their stories and explore their culture. The showcase aims to educate, celebrate and show residents what the South Asian culture means to young people and tells their story.
Councillor Joanna Midgley, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said:
“South Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity for us to celebrate our city’s diverse history and, remember the outstanding contribution that the South Asian communities have made to our city.
“Manchester has a long history of supporting our South Asian communities and I’m proud that the council are supporting and hosting events to mark the month in collaboration with the South Asian Community. I’d encourage residents to attend the free events to learn more about South Asian culture and to show support for this month of celebration.”