Arts group commemorate anniversary

Sampad to celebrate 25 years of South Asian arts in Birmingham with a thrilling gala show.

Dynamic arts agency Sampad Arts is celebrating its 25th anniversary on Sunday 15 November with a thrilling line up of lively entertainment that features outstanding music, dance and spoken word artists from Birmingham and beyond.

Established in 1990 by Piali Ray OBE, Sampad has played a significant role in helping to establish South Asian arts and artists within mainstream culture in Birmingham and across the UK.

Recently, its international writing competition series Inspired by… triggered nearly 2,000 entries from aspiring writers across the globe. The organisation has also broken new ground with its digital placement scheme which, to date, has allowed more than 70 creative professionals to boost their digital skills and practices at leading European institutions. In 2012 it was commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad to produce two large scale shows – Moving Earth and Mandala, with the dazzling multimedia spectacle of the latter providing the dramatic celebrations for the final weekend of the prestigious London 2012 Festival.

Sampad’s 25th Anniversary Gala will take place at the state-of-the-art Bramall Music Building within the University of Birmingham campus on Sunday 15 November. The family-friendly show will be in the spirit of looking back to look ahead, and celebrates many of the achievements and highlights from Sampad’s 25 years, along with many of the artists and luminaries who have been part of its journey – including visionary Kathak dancer/choreographer Nahid Siddiqui, renowned Bharatanatyam performer Chitraleka Bolar, award-winning alto-saxophonist Soweto Kinch and much sought after contemporary/classical British dancer Aakash Odedra, who won wide acclaim for his stunning double-bill Murmur and Inked which premiered at International Dance Festival Birmingham in 2014.

The fundraising gala also features spoken word poetry, leading tabla musicians, lively Bollywood dance and an uplifting finale which promises to have the audience singing along. Presenter Satnam Rana will compere the event.

Piali Ray OBE, Director of Sampad says: “Over the course of 25 years Sampad has flourished into a dynamic multi-arts and heritage organisation which embraces and celebrates today’s intercultural opportunities in Birmingham and the UK as well as worldwide. We believe in the power of arts and heritage to impact widely on all communities; breaking down barriers, raising important issues, amplifying unheard voices and bringing people together.

“As we mark our Silver Anniversary, we look forward to continuing our work towards securing the future of the arts, by investing in artists who will help shape the course of the next 25 years”.

Sampad’s 25th Anniversary Gala takes place from 5pm at the Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) and are available from mac birmingham box office, tel: 0121 446 3232