Family event marks end of month of Asian culture celebrations

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A special event takes place this weekend to mark the end of a month of celebrations around South Asian culture in Nottingham.

The culmination of the South Asian Heritage Festival will see a free event for all the family take place in Trinity Square on Saturday from noon until 5pm.

There will be main-stage performances of dance, music, poetry and Zumba by children and adults, presented by Haresh Sood and DJ Sunny, plus traditional stalls including food and mehndi.

The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Liaqat Ali, and Councillor Toby Neal, Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, will open the event.

The South Asian Heritage Festival has be held in Nottingham throughout September. It is a celebration of culture and heritage of people from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, who have settled here and contributed to the social, historic, economic and cultural vibrancy of the city.

The festival was launched by Councillor Neghat Khan during the Mela celebrations and it will end on Monday (1 October) at a handover event to Black History Month, which will take place throughout October.

Councillor Toby Neal said: “I’m delighted to have been asked come along and officially open Saturday’s event – I’m particularly looking forward to the music and dance performances, as well as sampling some of the delicious food!

“The festivities will be on all afternoon so I’d urge people to pop along to Trinity Square and discover more about South Asian history and heritage.”

Sapna Pandya, Chair of the South Asian Heritage Festival, added: “Following last year’s success, more organisations have come together to celebrate and promote South Asian heritage and culture. In addition to this finale event, others such as poetry reading and First World War history presentations have been organised. I hope lots of people will come along to enjoy the performances and visit the various stalls.”

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