Communities urged to come together to celebrate Utsav

08 June 2017

Community groups being are being invited to stage their own celebrations for Utsav, the Year of South Asian Culture, across Birmingham this summer.

This year marks an important milestone in South Asian history – the 70th anniversary of the UK’s friendship with the Indian subcontinent – but it also presents a great opportunity for communities across the city to come together.

Piali Ray OBE, director of Sampad, said: "Utsav 2017 is an open invitation for people across Birmingham to connect with the Year of South Asian Culture and celebrate our city’s rich diversity.

"Sampad is proud to be joining hands with partners, communities and people from all walks of life to share, discover and enjoy the rich tapestry of cultures that exists in every street and neighbourhood of our ambitious world city."

Utsav, which means festival or celebration, was launched in January and features a wide variety of events throughout the year, including the Birmingham Indian Film Festival, Nowka Bais dragon boat races, Big John’s Birmingham Mela and Birmingham Weekender.

Details of all the cultural events confirmed so far can be found here.



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