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The Scottish Academy of Asian Arts was originally set up in 1976 as the Asian Artistes Association.

The Asian Artistes Association worked tirelessly to promote Asian arts in Scotland and provide traditional concerts for the Asian community; programming lauded musicians such as Ravi Shankar and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

In 1999, the Asian Artistes Association was relaunched as The Scottish Academy of Asian Arts (SAAA), a limited company with charitable status. Scottish Charity No: SC02915. Limited Company No: 197636

SAAA’s aim is to develop and sustain a centre of excellence for the promotion of South Asian and Multi-ethnic performing and visual arts via an ongoing annual programme of activities within Scotland which includes education classes, community outreach projects, events programme, music-touring network and delivery of The Glasgow Mela, the largest annual multi-cultural event in the West coast of Scotland. SAAA promotes the talents of South Asian artists and a wider range of Black and Minority Ethnic artists. The programme aims to promote the organisation’s ability to play a strategic role in nurturing and supporting new aesthetic ideas, concepts and styles within the context of cultural diversity. SAAA has an active social inclusion policy and expands networks throughout Scotland that embrace partnership work and initiatives which progresses innovative new work which situates the Academy in the activity of mainstream arts organisations.