Published:  12:58 PM, 12 August 2021

Bangladesh @ 50: Celebrating Together

Bangladesh @ 50: Celebrating Together

To mark the 50th anniversary year of Bangladesh’s independence Sampad South Asian Arts & Heritage andMidlands Arts Centre (MAC) invite families from all communities to a FREEfamily event on Sunday 22 August between 1.30pm-5.30pm.

‘Bangladesh @ 50:Celebrating Together’ will featurevibrant music and dance, poetry, stories, food, craft sessions, short film anddiscussion events highlighting the rich cultural heritage of the country.

This colourful family day provides visitorswith the chance to visit an exciting art and photographic exhibition atMidlands Arts Centre’s (MAC) Garden Studio a peaceful brand-new space. Featured artists include Hanna Ihsan whose paintings areinspired by nature and architecture and ‘Tagore in the light ofRembrandt’ by the award-winning photographer Pablo Khaled.

The Foyle studio will host readings from Sampad’sMy City My Home ahead of itsforthcoming publication including writing by women from Birmingham andBangladesh.  This event will also feature leading spoken-word artists andpoets of Bangladeshi origin. This engaging session will culminate in a paneldiscussion, accompanied by samosa and tea.

Sampad, DirectorPiali Ray OBE said “We are extremely excitedto be working with MAC to present this wonderful FREE event to mark the 50th anniversaryof Bangladesh’s independence. This is a great way to bring adults and childrenfrom all communities together to share a packed day of events that will be fun,educational and entertaining.”

The FREE daytime event provides plenty ofactivities for children including arts and crafts and a special family showtaking place on Midlands ArtsCentre (MAC) Terrace.

Deborah Kermode,Midlands Arts Centre’s (MAC) Chief Executive Officer added: “We are honoured to be hosting Bangladesh @ 50led by Sampad Arts. Theone-day festival will be a huge celebration to mark the 50th year ofBangladesh’s independence, bringing together all members of our localcommunity. We’re proud to beshowcasing Sampad’s rich programme, with creative activities for families, performancesfrom renowned Bangladeshi artists and dancers, and an exhibition inspired bythe country’s social and cultural heritage.”

The Sunday event will culminate with an evening celebration showcase filledwith music, song, dance and theatre in the stunning new Outdoor Theatre. The event, presentedby Sampad and Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) in association with Purbanat,Gronthee, and Radharaman Society will be hosted by Samiha Mahamud and Tarek Chowdhury.

The showcase features dance from Bangladeshidance performer Sonia Sultana anddancer, performer and teacher ShowmiDas, as well as a Dhamail Dance segment (Bengali folk dance) from Purbanat; live music fromtalented Bengali singer JessyBarua, and one of the UK's most popular Bangladeshi performers Gouri Chowduhry.

Audiences can also look forward toperformances of traditional BengaliBaul and Biyer Geet with portrayals of wedding rituals andtradition through a live presentation.  

Full information,how to book and list of artists can be found at  https://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/bangladesh-at-50-celebrating-together

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