27 August 2018


South Asian Performing Arts Centre: Art is for everyone

Sapac logo - south asian performing arts centre swindon

This post is largely by way of sharing a lovely Swindon Advertiser Monday Matters piece – Art is for Everyone written by the smashing Sarah Singleton.

SAPC – the South Asian Performing Arts Centre – is a lovely conception and a brilliant thing with Indu Sharma at its helm.

Says Indu:

‘I noticed there were quite a few communities in Swindon of South Asian origin, but they were divided into different groups,” she recalled. “They arranged various festivals and cultural programmes, however they were not really available to a lot of the people in Swindon.

A lot of the time, these communities were not even going to each other’s programmes. I thought, why don’t we make it available to everyone and we could share it?’ … Our focus so far has been to present diverse cultural events. We would like to share these with the general public – with whoever is interested.’

SAPAC work often with the splendid Swindon Dance – a recent event staged in conjunction with them back in June of this year sold out. How fab is that?  And later this year – on October the 6th to be precise – SAPAC will be part of a spectacular collaborative arts project at the Wyvern Theatre. Presented by Nicky Alberry, the current High Sheriff of Wiltshire, the event is called ‘Uncelebrated Journey’.

‘Uncelebrated Journey will feature an eclectic mix of dance, music and film, including a contribution from SAPAC. 

It’s based on a poem Alfred Williams wrote, about a place in India he stayed in during World War I, when he was in the army, Indu said.

Alfred Williams - the Hammerman Poet

Alfred Williams – the Hammerman Poet

He stayed in Ranikhet, a hill station in the Almora district in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, in the foothills of the Himalayas.’  The image below shows Alfred’s home in Swindon named after Ranikhet:

Ranikhet - AlFred Williams

Swindon Dance: https://www.swindondance.org.uk

Uncelebrated Journey: https://swindontheatres.co.uk/Online/tickets-uncelebrated-journey-swindon-2018

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