Akademi Heritage Project

Inspiring through our heritage

In 2020 we unearthed and celebrated Akademi’s vital contribution in establishing the dynamic South Asian dance sector that exists in the UK today.

In archiving key documents, digitising rare footage, teaching oral history skills, and collecting testimonials, this project connected our present to our past and then to our future. The project featured events, workshops and performances that celebrated Akademi’s history and inspired through our heritage.


Generously supported by

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Project strands

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Akademi Chronicles

Delve into our archives and discover over 40 years of Akademi’s work at the heart of South Asian Dance in the UK

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Contribute to the project

Do you have documents, images, posters or other items that could enrich the Akademi archives? As we curate an archive of originals and copies for donation to the V&A Museum, we are seeking important ephemera from our community. Please email Shivaangee@akademi.co.uk if you have something that you think would be valuable to us.


Heritage Postcards Set

If you’re a fan of vintage artwork, don’t miss our new and exclusive set of gift postcards that feature rarely-seen posters and photographs from our archives. Perfect for gifting or collecting!


£1 for one, £5 for a set of 10. All proceeds go towards our Reach Out and Reveal project in SEN settings. To purchase the postcards get in touch.

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Akademi’s Heritage Postcards – an exclusive set of postcards available to purchase

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