1985 – The Beginning

The organisation was created in 1985 by a group of like-minded friends to provide meaningful cultural activities which enhance friendship, understanding and cooperation between the Host community and the people of South Asian origin who had made their home in Britain. It also felt that sharing each other’s customs, traditions and arts was the best way for a community to remain harmonious and happy.

Beginning with a single day “Indian Cultural Evening”, Milap, as it was then known, quickly moved to a seven-day festival of Indian arts at Liverpool, incorporating music, dance, films, visual arts and crafts, enhanced by the presence of Indian food at all events. Over the next six years, the week-long festival was transformed into a year round programme of diverse art forms that stretched around the year and attracted a large number of interested audiences.