Kala Sangam celebrates its 25th birthday with a season that reflects the company’s rich history and looks forward to an exciting new future. In addition to the company’s two performance programmes a year, Kala Sangam delivers outreach activity in schools and communities across Bradford and throughout the country, as well as delivering classes and workshops in a number of artforms….reports Asian Lite News
The programme features an exciting mix of music and dance and includes two world premieres – a Mixed Programme of exciting new contemporary dance by Möbius Dance (15 March) and Adventures in the Attic (25 & 26 May), a new family show by the critically acclaimed Breaking Tradition which mixes folk and hip-hop to create a magical fusion of movement, music and comedy.
The season begins with the launch of Through my Father’s Lens (07 Feb to 12 April), a collection of poetry and images capturing the Pakistani communities of Bradford by Nabeelah Hafeez and her late father Hafeez Johar. Sonia Sabri Company returns to Kala Sangam with Dastaan – with Sarvar Sabri (24 Feb), a live music performance accompanied by a stunning dance film. Kala Sangam celebrates International Women’s Day (08 March) with a day full of discussion, workshops and inspiring speakers programmed by Soroptimist International of Yorkshire. The day culminates in a performance of Here Comes Trouble – a personal investigation into womanhood through music and dance by Keira Martin.
Future music stars take to Kala Sangam’s stage for a Jazz Concert (24 March) by students from Bradford College’s Northern School of Creative Industries. In our gallery grassroots arts collective Wur Bradford present WE ARE HERE (19 April to 28 June), an exhibition which explores the unique history and stories found within Bradford’s Oastler market.
Formed by family and friends in Bradford and Sheffield, traditional Sufi Qawaali group Shah e Mardaan Qawwals (21 April) present a concert that will be mesmerising and incredibly upbeat. Kala Sangam’s Dance Discoveries (12 May) will see some of the best regional dancers performing a range of South Asian dance styles – with audience members having a chance to hear from each and ask any burning question they may have!
Kala Sangam’s 25th Anniversary Charity Gala Dinner (06 June) sees the company celebrate a quarter of a century of delivering high quality art in Bradford. One of the UK’s leading Santoor Maestros Ustad Kiranpal Singh (16 June) comes to Kala Sangam for the first time, accompanied by renowned tabla player Surdarshan ‘Sunny’ Singh Chana. Finally Kala Sangam is taken over by a celebration of young people in the arts with the annual Young Masters Visual Arts School Summer Exhibition (06 July to 31 Aug) and Kala Sangam’s end of term celebration of children and young people’s music and dance – Kala Ustav (21 July).
The full season is now on sale. To book visit at www.kalasangam.org or call the Box Office on 01274 303340.