‘Across the arts, across cultures, at the heart of Bradford’
KALA SANGAM is an intercultural arts hub and venue, based in the heart of Bradford city centre, which reflects the diversity of contemporary Britain through the work we present, the artists we support and the communities we engage.
In Sanskrit, ‘Kala’ means arts and ‘Sangam’ means a meeting point. Kala Sangam aims to bring people and communities together to create and experience high-quality diverse art, to increase understanding and awareness of different cultures, and to provide talent development pathways for young people and emerging artists into a career in the arts.
We present two seasons of performances annually, featuring high-quality local, national and international artists from a variety of cultural heritages.
We’re the home of music and dance in Bradford, bringing the best choreographers, dancers, composers and musicians to the city, and also presenting performances by local amateur groups and dance schools throughout the year.
Through our main programming strands – This Is Bradford, South Asia Now, and British Diversity – we aim to ensure there is something for all of Bradford’s diverse communities in each season, including visual arts installations in our gallery space.
Pay What You Decide (PWYD)
The majority of our performances and events are now PWYD, which means you don’t have to pay until after you’ve seen a show.
We want to encourage more people to come and see our shows, more often. PWYD not only allows you to pay what you can afford, rather than a fixed ticket price, but also removes the financial risk of buying a ticket for a show in advance without knowing whether you’re going to enjoy it or not.
Tickets are available to book in advance as usual, but there’s no obligation to pay until after you’ve seen the show. You can then decide on a price you think is suitable based on your experience, which means if you haven’t enjoyed it at all, you don’t have to pay anything.
All the money collected helps us to programme future performances, and we therefore hope you’ll give generously.
Please ensure you arrive and collect your tickets 15 minutes before the show starts in order to secure your seats. At the end of the show, you can decide what to pay, either by cash or card on the door.
Artist Support, Education & Outreach
We offer a wide range of tailored support for artists, with a focus on Bradford-based musicians and dancers, and support for BAME artists based elsewhere. Our offer includes free rehearsal/meeting space, performance opportunities, technical support, organisational development and fundraising support.
In addition to our season programmes, we also deliver outreach activity in schools and communities across Bradford and regionally, as well as delivering classes and workshops in a number of artforms at our venue.
Less than five minutes’ walk from Bradford train stations, you’ll find our beautiful Grade II listed home situated between Bradford Cathedral and The Broadway shopping centre (which offers very reasonable all-day parking).
Originally designed by architect Henry Tanner, St Peter’s House was built in 1886 as Bradford’s General Post Office, in the Northern Renaissance architectural style with French overtones; a showpiece of popular architectural interest, standing alongside some of the finest Victorian buildings in the Little Germany area of the city.
In 2000, St Peter’s House underwent a huge transformation when a glass extension was created, adding a new dimension to the architecture of the building and linking it to the beautiful gardens of Bradford Cathedral, a calm oasis in the centre of town.
Since taking over the venue in 2008, Kala Sangam has continuously upgraded the building and its facilities to be more accessible and attractive to visitors. In recent years both The Ganges Theatre and Indus Hall have been refurbished, creating one of the finest venues for performances, conferences and events in Bradford.
In 2017, The Rooftop Café opened its doors – overlooking the Cathedral garden, with both indoor and outdoor seating – serving delicious breakfast, lunches, drinks and snacks using fresh, local produce.
Our spaces are also available for hire, and we’re an ideal venue for performances, conferences, events, private functions, and meetings small and large. Our two main performance/flexible spaces – The Ganges Theatre and Indus Hall – are both available, alongside a range of high quality meeting spaces, a bright and airy foyer/gallery space, and the independently run Rooftop Café.
Kala Sangam is an Arts & Cultural Investment Partner of CBMDC, an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO), Arts Award Centre and Supporter, and Artsmark Partner.
Company Limited by Guarantee no. 3195878.
Registered Charity no. 1055488.