South Asian Heritage Month takes place annually from the 18th of July to the 17th of August, it seeks to celebrate and raise the profile of British South Asian heritage and history in the UK through education, arts, culture and commemoration. Now in its third year, the month is packed full of cultural events taking place across the UK. Join Kirklees Libraries in celebration of this colourful month.

Kirklees Libraries will be hosting an array of events and workshops in partnership with the local Sangam festival over this coming summer.

What makes up South Asia?

*Afghanistan  *Bangladesh  *Bhutan *India  *The Maldives  *Nepal *Pakistan  *Sri Lanka 

South Asian influences can be found everywhere in Britain, from our food and clothes to our music and even our words. The streets of our towns and cities are rich with colours, sights and sounds of proud South Asian identity. Its culture permeates all parts of British life and adds to the diversity of the nation 

– South Asian Heritage Month.  

Want to get involved?

Fancy getting involved with Kirklees Libraries’ celebration of South Asian Heritage Month?

You can volunteer your time by helping out with some of the planned events.

Have a interesting idea or suggestion? Get in touch!

You can contact Huddersfield library on 01484 414868  extention: 75999

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Sangam Festival

Sangam Festival is a community festival celebrating South Asian arts, culture and heritage. Our aim is to bring people together to enjoy heritage and multi-arts events in a spirit of celebration, positivity and harmony.

Sangam Festival takes place from 18 July – 17 August, with events and activities held online and in venues and outdoor locations across Kirklees. Visit our What’s On page for the full programme of events.


Salma Zanam

Thursday, 28th July
10:30 am – 11:30 am – Skelmanthorpe Library
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Rawthorpe Dalton Library Huddersfield

Amaan is a little boy with autism who loves to Bhangra dance. Can his dad’s advice and a little magic help him overcome his frustration at constantly slipping and tripping over, or will he be left crying, “HELP!!! I can’t dance without my Bhangra pants!”

Salma (the award-winning author) will recite her second children’s book – HELP! I CAN’T DANCE WITHOUT MY BHANGRA PANTS, a book about a little south Asian boy who has Autism.

Then Salma will lead an interactive south Asian dance Bhangra dance session for families and children.

You can join in on the day without a booking. Booking requests do help us prepare space and equipment for estimated numbers, thank you.



Friday, 29th July
10:30 am – 11:30 am – Dewsbury Library
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Birstall Library

Meet Milli, a dancer with big dreams of one day becoming a Bollywood Princess. Determined to achieve her goal, when disaster strikes, will Milli ever wear the Bollywood crown?

Salma (the award-winning author) will recite her first children’s book – Bollywood Princess with south Asian and non-south Asian characters.

After, Salma will lead an interactive south Asian dance session (Bollywood) for families and children. All welcome. Move like a Bollywood star and have interactive fun by learning how to shake your hips, shimmy your shoulders, classical hand gestures and much more.

Family-friendly event!

You can join in on the day without a booking. Booking requests dohelp us prepare space and equipment for estimated numbers, thank you.


Batley Poets

Friday, 29th July – 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Ings Grove Park, Mirfield, WF14 8AX


Batley Poets presents a special open mic poetry session celebrating South Asian Heritage Month.

This is an outdoor event. See poster for details.


Poetry Submissions:

As part of South Asian Heritage Month Batley Poets working with Kirklees Libraries and Kirklees Cohesion Team are creating a poetry display featuring the works of local poets.

Whatever the language of your poetry or theme, if you are a South Asian poet or have poetry written on a South Asian theme we’d like you to submit your poems and be part of this special display.

You can submit online at or email them to


Kirklees Libraries present a healthy South Asian food demonstration and tasting session

Saturday 30th July – 11:00 am -12:00 pm  – Almondbury Library  

Sunday 31st July – 1:30 -2:30pm – Greenwood Centre

Wednesday 10th August Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Slaithwaite Library


Suki Nater will be running a series of 3 healthy South Asian food demonstration and tasting session to celebrate South Asian heritage month.

A family friendly event, suitable for all ages, however parents will be expected to supervise their children.  Suki will be using small camping stoves which run on small bottles of gas so there will be an open flame.

Food allergy advice: The curry that Suki will distribute at the end of the day will have no allergies present. Samosa or bhajis will be available as well. The samosa will have a wheat pastry and the bhajis have a gluten free ingredients but because they are cooked in the same oil as the samosa’s, so they will not be gluten free.

 Free event. 


“Writing, Reading and Friendship’ – to celebrate International Day of Friendship”

Saturday, 30th July – 11:00am – 12:00pm – Dewsbury Library 

“Writing, Reading and Friendship’ – to celebrate International Day of Friendship” (AND SOUTH ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH)
Talk with Christina Longden and artist/writer, Razwan Ul-Haq

This event is about the importance of friendship and how books – and writing – can foster friendships; in particular, crossing cultural divides and building shared humanity.

Chris and Raz will share their life stories of being born and bred working-class northerners and of the various challenges that their families have faced. They will speak about their own friendship that developed as a result of books (they met at the Huddersfield Literature Festival) and of writing and the various obstacles (and fun!) that this has entailed over the years.

For those interested in writing – Raz and Chris will also be setting a ‘take home writing task’

This event is aimed at people of all ages and will be full of humour and a chance to relax, laugh and learn.”

You can join in on the day without a booking. Booking requests do help us prepare space and equipment for estimated numbers, thank you. 


Beyond Expectations: Women’s Event

Saturday, 30th July – 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Greenwood Centre (Huddersfield Rd, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, WF13 3JR)

For South Asian Heritage Month 2022 the Cohesion Team are having a Beyond Expectations event for women. The event will have guest speakers who will discuss how as South Asian women they have gone beyond expectations and excelled in life. The event is open to all.

For more information please contact us at

Beyond Expectations: Men’s Event

Thursday, 11th August – 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Birkby Library

South Asian Heritage Month Discussion: “What are the challenges facing South Asian men in 21st Century Britain?”

For South Asian Heritage Month 2022 Kirklees Council Cohesion Team are bringing together 3 leading figures from Kirklees’ South Asian Community to take part in a panel discussion about the challenges they have faced, and the challenges faced by the wider Asian male population. These are:

  • Palvinder Singh, Principal & CEO of Kirklees College
  • Ismail Mulla, Business Reporter, recently appointed Comment Editor of The Yorkshire Post
  • TBC

This unique discussion and celebration of the achievement of Asian men in Kirklees will take place on 11th August, 6pm -7.30pm at Birkby Library, Lea St, Hillhouse, Huddersfield HD1 6HF.

Attendance is free but places are limited so email to book a place or find out more.

Peter Chand Storyteller

Tuesday, 2nd August
11:00am – 12:00pm – Heckmondwike Library
2:00pm – 3:00pm – Greenwood Centre


British Indian storyteller Peter Chand is one of Europe’s most renowned storytellers and is constantly in demand for his tales of wisdom, love, and the supernatural. He has shared his tales across Britain and has also performed in Norway, France, Lithuania, Austria, Canada, and Singapore, amongst other countries.

He is also a trainer of repute, leading workshops with teachers, librarians, budding storytellers, university students, business leaders, health professionals, and anyone trying to find their voice and gain confidence when performing in public.

Peter is also part of the organising team of Festival at the Edge, which is the oldest storytelling festival in England., and is currently Storyteller in Residence at The Story Museum in Oxford.

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“Peter transports the listener into his world with remarkable energy and great expression… I was spellbound” Kim Normanton Producer BBC Radio Four


Arabic Calligraphy practical workshop and lecture – focus on South Asia

Saturday, 6th August – 11:30am – 1:30pm

Huddersfield Library

In this very special one-off event, Razwan will lecture on the fascinating Arabic Calligraphy of South Asia, from its beginnings in the Arab world to its movement East. He will also lead a traditional Arabic calligraphy session, using hand mixed ink and hand cut bamboo pens.  From beginners to advanced, all levels are welcome, from teen to adult.

Razwan is a widely exhibited Artist whose work has been displayed in many galleries and museums, including Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds City Museum, Cartwright Hall, Bradford Industrial Museum, Craven Museum and Gallery and others. 

He regularly delivers Arabic Calligraphy workshops at festivals, including Ilkley Literature Festival, Bradford Literature Festival, Bradford Festival, and Borderlines Book Festival. His commissions include work for and Land Art for the inaugural Tour de France of Britain. His work has appeared in various platforms including Channel 4, BBC Radio 4, The Times, ITV, and USA Today. 

To find out more go on

Free event
Suitable for 11 years+
All materials provided


Minarets and Mountains – with bestselling author Tharik Hussain

Saturday, 27th August

11:00am – 12:30pm – Huddersfield Library

2:30 – 4:00pm – Dewsbury Library

Kirklees Libraries ‘Writer In Residence’, Christina Longden will be in talks with Bestselling author Tharik Hussain.  
Part of Kirklees Libraries South Asian Heritage Month. 

If you’ve ever wondered about some of those off the beaten track and little-known travel gems – this is the talk for you! Whatever your background or however many places you have explored across the world – Tharik Hussain will be taking you to some exciting and ‘hidden’ places to discover, during this talk.
During this session, Tharik Hussain takes us on the journey that led to this, his debut bestselling book ‘Minarets and Mountains’ which was Longlisted for the Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction and shortlisted for the Stanfords Dolman Travel Book of the Year.
Tharik is an author, travel writer and journalist specialising in Muslim heritage and culture. His debut book was named a Book of the Year by the New Statesman, Prospect Magazine and the Times Literary Supplement, and a Travel Book of the Year by The Washington Post and Newsweek. He has also written Lonely Planet guidebooks on Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Thailand, London and Britain, and developed Britain’s very first Muslim heritage trails in Woking, Surrey.   Tharik has produced award-winning radio for the BBC World Service on America’s earliest mosques and been published by the likes of the BBC, National Geographic Traveller, The Guardian, Al Jazeera and The Sunday Telegraph. He is also a fellow at the Centre for Religion and Heritage at the University of Groningen. 
‘Minarets and Mountains’ is the first English travel book to explore indigenous Muslim Europe, and the first to look at its living 600-year-old culture and heritage through the eyes of a Muslim writer.    
Book signing and copies of ‘Minarets in the Mountains: A Journey into Muslim Europe’ will be available for purchase after the talk. 

If you are unable to attend, please can you cancel your booking in good time, so that others can book on. Thank you.