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Judging the ‘Weight of the World’

As part of Refugee Week across the Nation, I was delighted to be a guest judge at their inaugural youth art exhibition, 'Weight of the World', curated by Hotham Mission.  It was a vital and insightful event which celebrated youth, diversity, community, social justice, mental health and inclusion. It was a highly successful with around 350 people in attendance throughout the evening and more than 60% of artworks sold. Many of the young artists participated [...]

June 15th, 2017|

Footy & Fasting on the G

Congrats to all involved with the AFL Iftar tonight. A surreal night & sight seeing 'Ramadan Kareem' upon a neon lit billboard - illuminating the MCG oval. Beautiful speeches were delivered in earnest from the AFL CEO and Multicultural Liaison head on top of an entertaining panel involving AFL players and personnel, brilliantly moderated by the uber skilled AzmeenaHussain. There was hilarity and humility in spades tonight. Well done to all. 

June 7th, 2017|

Debating our Moral Citizenship Compass

Fascinating day shooting a documentary for ABC's Compass program  on what defines citizenship and how do you measure belonging, in "Team Australia", scheduled to air in July.  A diverse panel and strong opinions informed views, resulting in a revamp of a citizenship test based on 'citizen contributions'. Thanks Neer, Pete, Kumi, Dee, Paul,Jacinta and all the amazing Compass crew for this opportunity.  #makesocialchange #makechangehappen #makeanoise #makeitloud #endxenophobia

June 5th, 2017|

#roots #reasons #relationships #ACTION

Took part today in a fun interview and photo shoot relating to the upcoming film, 'Ali's Wedding' by Matchbox Puctures.   This and other fun stills will form part of an upcoming exhibition/promo for this romcom Australian made movie about love, faith & family - out soon in Australia.   Look forward to seeing both my own  and other stories about love, links and lessons captured in this photo exhibition to accompany the impending film [...]

May 21st, 2017|

Eyes on the Blake Prize 

The Curators Club.. Standing with Lyndel Winschel (Kinross) and Adam Porter (Casula Powerhouse) following this mornings Symposium on 'The Divine Image' for the 64th Blake Prize Touring exhibition, at the Kinross Arts & Spirituality Centre.  The preliminary panel discussion examined 'affectation' in art, how interpretations are not absolute & how art is provocative, evocative, political and spiritual depending on what side of the cultural divide you exist. Robust conversation and insightful observations ensued about many [...]

May 12th, 2017|

Repping Africa in Oz, One Episode at a Time..

Thrilled to be onset with Dorcas Uktovic, conversation host, to film a segment for Oz African TV .  Thank you for this opportunity to be part of your incredible enterprise - a television series celebrating the accomplishments of African Australians in varied capacities.  I spoke about cultural appropriation versus appreciation and how this program countered racism by affording platforms  for authentic voices;  poetic justice 🙌🏾❤️  I look forward to seeing the final cut go to [...]

May 7th, 2017|

Invictus Conference

An incredible day at Kimberley College in Brisbane at their annual Invictus Conference. This Conference is four day event in which all secondary school students attend numerous workshops and presentations issues including : mindfulness, loss and grief, goal setting, porn harm & cyber safety, among others, culminating in a concert/ festival finale on Friday.  I delivered three separate workshops to students in Years 10, 11 and 12 on 'Adversity in Diversity' - examining the broader [...]

April 20th, 2017|

Sammy Hey

Took a break from the weather and media mayhem to indulge in the goodness that is the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Along with a full house, we sat back to hear 'Sammy J' in 'Hero Complex', expound his childhood obsession with The Phantom, in tandem with a distant demagoguery of Duncan Munro- the school cleaner turned ASIO officer. The way SJ brilliantly meshed these seemingly disparate threads into an unlikely - but true- tale of [...]

April 6th, 2017|

You Do Not Speak for Us

A message to one of the worlds most celebrated Islamaphobia Brand Ambassadors, Ayaan Hirsi Ali. 'You Don't Speak For Us'. Congrats to all involved in making this happen, especially 'Persons of Interest' production.  This is a win for free speech that's not hateful and inciting violence. Two hours after this videos release, we learned AHA cancelled her tour, for a series of reasons.  It's important to note. She was not from stopped speaking in Australia- [...]

April 2nd, 2017|

A Vibrant Benevelonce Dinner 

A beautiful evening emceeing the Benevolence Australia Community Dinner tonight - marking their tenth year of operation!🙌🏾Such a great vibe- of people, food and messaging, only enhanced by the vibrant guest speaker, the inimitable Yassmin Abdelmagied.  Congrats to Team Bene, their amazing volunteers and hundreds of supporters for ensuring this event staple is the ongoing success it has always been #bless

April 1st, 2017|