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Why is South Asian Heritage Month important?

  • SAHM seeks to commemorate, mark and celebrate South Asian cultures, histories and communities as well as understand the diverse heritage and cultures that continue to link the UK with South Asia.
  • Along with providing learning opportunities for others, the month enables people of South Asian heritage to reclaim their history and identity by sharing their own stories and experiences.
  • We value celebrating different cultures, hearing different experiences and delving into history, and the chance to stand with and celebrate the South Asian communities of Bradford.
  • We understand there can be additional barriers to seeking mental health support for South Asian communities, such as language, differences in cultural norms and expectations and generational trauma. We want to better understand these and work to make our services accessible to all. 

What’s going on in the Bradford District?

Sangam Festival takes place from 18 July – 17 August, with events and activities held online and in venues and outdoor locations across Kirklees. 

The festival celebrates all things South Asian arts, culture and heritage. The aim is to bring people together to enjoy heritage and multi-arts events in a spirit of celebration, positivity and harmony.

Sangam Festival Timetable


How will the Mind in Bradford team be celebrating SAHM?

With the theme of this month being storytelling, our staff will be taking on a challenge to read or watch a new book, film or TV series from a South Asian author writer, or director! 

We’ve already had some fantastic recommendations from staff, including:

The Boy with the Topknot

The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopr

Once Upon A Time In Bradford: The chronicles of a below average individual 

The Family Tree

Hand on the Sun

The Go-Between

Keep an eye on this page for more recommendations and reviews!

We’d also love to hear your suggestions, so please send any through to [email protected]

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