Exploring Shared Heritage 

Sanskriti is a new heritage project launched by ArtsEkta - an award winning ethnic arts organisation.


Sanskriti is principally funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund


What is Sanskriti? 

Sanskriti is a heritage project due to be delivered over a period of three years. The project will explore the shared heritage of the ‘local’ community of Northern Ireland and the South Asian community in Northern Ireland.  A particular emphasis will be placed upon the shared heritage as taking place within the context of Northern Ireland. Each of the three years will concentrate upon different themes and explore different aspects of shared heritage between the local and South Asian community of Northern Ireland.  A common theme running through the three years of delivery is migration. Over 2013-14 the project will concentrate upon the themes of migration and trade focusing on  a historic look at the links and shared experiences between the two identified communities to explore their shared heritage.  The project will explore the textile industry of Northern Ireland, looking at the historic trade links between Northern Ireland’s linen industry and South Asia.

Why is Sanskriti important? 

Sanskriti has been developed in direct response to the changing makeup of Northern Ireland’s multicultural society.  The growing population of ethnic minority communities have been met with an increase in racist attitudes, prejudice and a lack of provision for the practice of cultural and artistic expression.

The introduction of Sanskriti into the cultural landscape of Northern Ireland will increase awareness and promote celebration of the vibrant and historic cultural heritage of India and linkages locally.  The inclusive approach of the project will promote appreciation and a sense of shared identity, while providing opportunity for cultural expression amongst the Indian community, and artistic progression and diversity.

Find out more on our project website. 


Further Information

ArtsEkta is currently preparing to launch the project following a six month development phase. 

For further information on how you can get involved please contact Rachel Radcliffe, Project Manager on 028 9023 1381 or fill out the form below.