sampad launches Cultural Leadership Book

sampad launches Cultural Leadership Book

Birmingham-based sampad, a development agency for South Asian arts, has launched a new book, which documents its innovative cultural leadership programmes Aarohan and Aarohan Ahead.

‘Aarohan’ is a collection of essays, case studies and thoughts from the participants, organisers and established leaders who led workshops and discussions on the courses and was launched at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre in London, as part of the Cultural Leadership Programme’s ‘re:freshers’ event.

Organised by sampad, with the support of the CLP, Aarohan (2007) and Aarohan Ahead (2009) brought together more than 25 emerging leaders working in the various fields of South Asian arts and culture, including music, theatre, literature, dance and visual arts.

It gave the group an opportunity to engage with leading thinkers, academics, high profile media writers and visionaries on issues of cultural leadership in the 21st Century.

Aarohan Ahead alumni Padma Rao said: ‘It was a powerful experience to learn how to distinguish between being a campaigner and a leader. Equally powerful was to meet individuals who were pushing new boundaries, reshaping the landscape and making ripples in the wider cultural sphere. It was simply life changing.’

Piali Ray OBE, director of sampad added: ‘sampad is keenly aware that historically there has been a shortage of leaders from South Asian communities within the arts and cultural sectors of the UK.

‘The Aarohan programme enabled us to recognise and nurture new artistic and creative talent. This resulting publication is testament to the fertile creativity in the South Asian arts sector, and shows that South Asian arts practitioners are continuing to be at the forefront of pushing boundaries and influencing Britain’s flourishing arts scene.’

Edited by Kulbir Natt, the publication brings together the work of several key figures, including Piali Ray OBE, Director of sampad, Ranjit Sondhi CBE, Chair of sampad and of both Aarohan programmes and Hilary Carty, Director of the Cultural Leadership Programme.
The publication is free. To request a copy email info@sampad.org.uk or call 0121 446 3260.

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