The Chat Show
Welcome to The Chat Show. Follow us behind the scenes and come along as we step onto the streets of Manchester and beyond, meeting people and sharing stories as we build the North of England's first South Asia gallery.
This is part of an exciting £13.5 million transformation, hello future, to become the most inclusive, imaginative and caring museum in the UK, to be complete in 2021. The South Asia gallery is a landmark partnership with The British Museum. The gallery will showcase world-class collections, together with the lived experiences of the South Asian diaspora in the UK, and a chance for these communities to share their stories, knowledge, heritage and culture. At the heart of the gallery will be a unique performance space, dedicated to showing the very best live music, dance and performance from and inspired by South Asia.
Episode 1: Working Together
Presenter Alia Raffia meets some of the people who are helping shape and develop the ideas behind the South Asia Gallery and find out how they feel about 'co-curation'.
Watch Episode 1: Working Together on Manchester Museum's YouTube channel
Episode 2: Afsha's World – Language and Laughter
Presenter Alia Raffia meets British Asian Comedian and Influencer Afsha to find out more about her multilingual Mirpuri comedy skits, what it means to be British Asian and her views on the South Asia Gallery.
Watch Episode 2: Afshas World: Language and Laughter on Manchester Museum's YouTube channel
Episode 3: Style on the Curry Mile
Presenter Alia Raffia meets Poonam from Alankar Sarees and talks about the history of the Curry Mile and finds out more about the British Asian fashion scene in Manchester.
Watch Episode 3: Style on the Curry Mile
Episode 4: Iftar at the museum
Presenter Alia Raffia meets people who attended Manchester Museum's first annual Iftar. The Iftar was held in collaboration with Mohammed Ullah, Muslim Chaplain at The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University. The Iftar was open to everyone, all faiths and none. Visitors were invited to taste traditional South Asian food with the breaking of fast and observe or participate in the Muslim prayer.
Watch Episode 4: Iftar at the museum
Episode 5: Bombay Flavours
In this episode Alia Raffia finds out how Dishoom is much more than just a restaurant, but also a business with real social values.
Episode 6: Not Just Bollywood
Presenter Alia Raffia visits HOME to chat to Omar Ahmed about Not Just Bollywood a film season he has curated, celebrating contemporary Indian culture and part of a year-long programme of Celebrating Women in Global Cinema with eight films all directed by women.