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University to host final week of first Bradford South Asian Heritage Month festival


A poster showing some of the events taking place as part of the second annual South Asian Heritage Month Festival

How 3D technology could ‘rebuild’ lost ancient monuments and addressing health inequalities

There is still time to catch the finale of the first ever Bradford South Asian Heritage Month with online events hosted by the University of Bradford taking place throughout the week.

The festival, which began on July 18 and ends on August 21, has featured more than 20 virtual activities, including cook-alongs, comedy and storytelling.

The University of Bradford has collaborated with Bradford SAHM to create a ‘Lunchbites Series’ of talks which will cover How 3D technology could ‘rebuild’ lost ancient monuments and addressing health inequalities in light of Covid. There will also be a session looking at race, writing and representation and a talk about trade, diplomacy and education in a post-Brexit world. There will also be a chance to quiz a panel of experts.

Artist Munaza Kulsoom, one of the event coordinators, said: “South Asian heritage is woven into the DNA of Bradford, and this is a real chance to reflect and celebrate our heritage. From the stories of the early immigrants from the subcontinent who arrived to work in the wool mills, to the new generation of young entrepreneurs and artists daring to dream.

"From the back streets of Bradford Moor to the rolling hills of Keighley,  from the heady taste and smell of the city’s traditional curry culture to its emerging status as a foodie capital and from the legendary Bradford Mela to the towering ambition of the 2025 culture bid, South Asian culture has helped shaped this city and its story, and will continue to do so.

“We’d love for people to get involved in our dynamic and diverse range of virtual events – we hope there’s something for everyone. We are hoping this is the start of a longer journey, and that Bradford SAHM will become an annual celebration.”

On this week:-

  • August 18: Courting Complex India? Minding the Cows, Cosmos and Corona: this talk aims to examine why and India matters to Yorkshire and England in the post Brexit and post-pandemic recovery contexts and consider some of the opportunities and challenges for trade, diplomacy, and education
  • August 19: Research journeys in Bradford: race, writing and representation: Yunis Alam and Shabina Aslam talk about research and writing in Bradford, with particular reference to Pakistani heritage identity
  • August 20: Visualising Heritage: examining the potential of using 3D imaging to reconstruct heritage sites destroyed by earthquakes
  • August 21: Prof Mahendra Patel talks about tackling Covid-19 and other health inequalities

For more details and a full calendar of events, find Bradford SAHM on Facebook 


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