Remarkable Achievements During 1994-2016
Following its establishment in June 1985, Bangla Centre, having the presence of devoted cultural activists, teachers and workshop organisers, has over years developed commendable skills and expertise to successfully organise cultural events of special nature. In April 1994, it presented highly diverse cultural performances in the Centenary Celebration of Bengali Calendar(The 1400 Shaal/Year), and organised a colourful Celebration of One Decade of Bangla Centre (1985-1995) – having the presence of popular Bangladeshi vocalist Abeda Sultana - both events held at then Woodside High (now Gaelic School) Assembly Hall. To mark ‘One Decade of Bangla Centre’, it also published a special Souvenir.
The Centre organised a landmark event to celebrate Silver Jubilee of Bangladesh Independence (1971-1996) at Moir Hall-Mitchell Theatre. The Centre, through active involvement of its school students and young artists, staged a number of much-acclaimed dance dramas, namely - Reetu Ranga(The Charms of Seasons) in 1989, Swapna (The Dream) in 1990, Nakshi Kanthar Maath (The Field of Embroidered Quilt) in 1992, Shyama (Symbol of Prayer) in 1995, Soujan Badiar Ghat (Gypsy Wharf) in 1996 and Shaap Mochan (Freedom from a Curse) in 1999, Bidrohi (The Rebel) in 2000 and Beder Meye (Snake Charmer Girl) in 2004 – presentedto a wider Bangladeshi, Indian, African and Scottish crowds, mostly staged at the magnificent Mitchell Theatre in Glasgow.
Ever since, the Centre’s spectacular Showcase Strathclyde presentation (ranked Top) at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall on 21 November 1995, grand celebrations of New Millennium 2000 on 27 February at Mitchell Theatre, Tartan Festival held on 25 August at the Mitchell Library Moir Hall, North Glasgow International Festival 2001 held at the Sighthill Park on 30 June 2001 and Cultural Diversity (Bangladeshi and Gaelic Community) on 02 March 2002 and 15 February 2003, held at the Moir Hall-Mitchell Theatre, have made a big difference to the cultural scene of the West of Scotland. Indeed, these special events have demonstrated rich attributes of multi-culturalism, and the young students-artists of Bangla Centre have received high acclaims for their skilful performances at these events. Notably, in 2000 Bangla Centre emerged as the Bangladesh community’s flagship organization through successfully organising Grand Millennium Celebration and Tartan Festival, and earned so much honour and reputation for our community.
Especially, in 2000 it established a new relationship with Scottish Gaelic Community through forging partnership with the Glasgow Gaelic School while celebrating New Millennium at the Mitchell Theatre. Afterward, every year Bangla Centre and Gaelic High together celebrates International Mother Language Day in end-February, involving both Bangladeshi and Gaelic communities. The Centre pioneered in hosting and facilitating Bangladesh High Commission’s Passport Surgery in 1996 and onward once a year at Dawatul Islam Glasgow’s office premise at Oakfield Avenue, Hillhead, Glasgow. On 01 December 2008 Bangla Centre honoured Nobel Peace Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus with a Special Photographic Souvenir. In May 2010 Bangla Centre gestured to honour visiting Bangladeshi Cricket Team with a spectacular Shinning Trophy. The Centre provides gesture services to young Bangladeshis in Greater Glasgow area in exploring job opportunities and accommodation. Of especial mention, with help from Bangladesh community members, and active support from a number of high schools in Glasgow, Bangla Centre has built six houses for devastating Sidr Cyclone victims in Pirozpur, Barisal (Southern Bangladesh) during 2008-2010. Bangla Centre is committed to raise the community profile and firmly devoted to the overall welfare of Bangladeshis in Greater Glasgow and beyond.
Become A charity Organisation
Bangla Centre is now a Scottish charity and is entered in the Scottish Charity Register since 30th of July 2015 by The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). Bangla Centre Charity number is - SC 045854