On Friday 26 October Kala Sangam, Bradford’s Intercultural Arts Centre, will celebrate its silver Anniversary with a range of free events starting at 10am.
Kala Sangam was founded in 1993 by Dr Shripati Upadhyaya and Dr Geetha Upadhyaya with a dream that the organisation would deliver high quality South Asian arts in a way that was accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Originally based in Leeds, in 1996 the company moved to the Carlisle Business Centre in Bradford before settling in its permanent home in the beautiful Grade II listed St Peter’s House in 2007.
Kala Sangam founders Dr Shripati Upadhyaya and Dr Geetha Upadhyaya said: “We are so proud that Kala Sangam has reached this milestone. For 25 years this company has been an inclusive place where artists can innovate and create great art which people can enjoy while sharing and celebrating their heritage. We look forward to watching the company continue to grow over the next 25 years!”
During the day families will be able to get a free taste of the different classes that are on offer each week at Kala Sangam. Free classes include Bhangra music and dance with Punjabi Roots Academy, professional contemporary dance class with That Ribeiro Company and Classical Indian dance taught by Kala Sangam’s Academy tutor Santosh Menon. The day also features a rare opportunity to see behind the scenes in an Open Studio session. Throughout the day there will be free craft and visual arts activities – an ideal way to keep the kids amused on the final day of half term!
The day will come to a close at 7pm with a party featuring live music, dance and poetry designed to reflect the company’s rich history. The event will also be an opportunity to hear from speakers about the incredible impact Kala Sangam has had over the last 25 years and to hear about the company’s exciting plans for the future.
Kala Sangam Creative Producer Alex Croft said: “I can’t wait to celebrate with everybody on the 26th. We’ve pulled together a fantastic range of workshops that will run throughout the day and we have some wonderful performers joining us to help us celebrate at our evening party – and the best news is it’s all free!”
Both party and workshop tickets can be booked in advance at www.kalasangam.org , by calling 01274 303340 or you can just drop in throughout the day. Places for classes/workshops are limited so advance booking is recommended.