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South Asian Heritage Month

South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) is an annual awareness month that runs from 18 July to 17 August each year.

Since it's launch in 2019, the month has focused on commemorating the cultures, histories and heritage of people with roots in the South Asian countries of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.

Along with providing learning opportunities for others, the month enables people of South Asian heritage to reclaim their identity by sharing personal stories and experiences.

The 2023 theme was ‘Stories to tell’ and was about celebrating the stories that make up our diverse and vibrant society.

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What we did in 2023

We host South Asian Heritage Month events every year, for more information and resources on the events taking place during SAHM, please contact These are a selection of our 2023 events:

Punjabi Roots Academy

18th Jul 2023, The Atrium

Bradford based dance and live music group; Punjabi Roots will be opening Graduation ceremonies with live traditional Punjabi drumming.

Bussing out exhibition

12:30pm-2:00pm in Gallery II, Chesham Building on Wednesdays throughout August 2023

Bussing Out refers to an educational policy impacting South Asian, West Indian and African children who migrated to Britain in the 60s and 70s from former British colonies. More details can be found on the Bussing Out exhibition page.

SAHM Fishbowl event for staff and students

Wednesday 8th November 2023 1:00pm-2:30pm

As part of our programme, we have organised a Fishbowl discussion between staff and students who identify as South Asian and Executive Board (EB) members.

The aim of the event is to create an atmosphere for a facilitated conversation and reflection focusing on the lived experience and issues affecting South Asian staff and students at Bradford.

Any discussion of the future is incomplete without a consideration of the past. As we try and chart a path into an unknown future, we should make sure not to leave our heritage behind, but to carry it forward with us in a manner that is compatible with the future we envision and honours the rich cultural traditions from which that future emerged as well.

Omar Gilani, Pakistani artist

UBU South Asian Heritage Societies

The University Students Union celebrates its diversity with the different societies and groups which are student-led:

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