Let Me Count the 1.6 Billion Ways…

At the ‘Ways to Be Muslim’ launch at the IMA tonight. An exhibition about ‘what being Muslim means to me’. Importantly, the motivation behind this showcase was to share hundreds of insights- by Muslims, for Muslims. In an era fixated with attending to public perceptions, these images in frames and digital projections, spoke to one other. To this end, all the statements assumed greater significance as intimate, spiritual and even political affirmations. A healing and [...]

2018-03-23T00:26:58+00:00 March 21st, 2018|

Proud to Belong: A Victorian Story

Tonight’s Premier Gala Dinner 2018, heralds Victoria’s Cultural Diversity Week, this year themed ‘Proud to Belong’* . A highlight of the dinner featured the launch of a stunning publication profiling culturally diverse Victorians, who are just that.  Aside from this dinner being an evening of colourful celebration, it was, as always an affirmation of this State’s commitment to the protection and promotion of multiculturalism and inclusive policy.  Was lovely to meet friends and colleagues in [...]

2018-03-18T01:44:33+00:00 March 17th, 2018|

ArtySmarty Indulgence in Melbourne’s Arts Precinct

Enjoyed a night of arts precinct indulgence beginning at the Melbourne Recital Centre for #Rebetiko - a festival celebrating 100 years of Greek urban music of the underground from Istanbul, Athens, Thessaloniki & Melbourne. Next up, at #TheMalthouse, saw one of the final performances of ‘Good Muslim Boy, by Osamah Sami. Co starring Rodney Afif and Nicole Nabout. Synopsis:  "Drawing from his award–winning novel of the same name and his recent smash hit film Ali’s Wedding, [...]

2018-03-10T23:58:10+00:00 March 10th, 2018|

Five Panthers Good

Heading out to the #BlackPanther film tonight, literally bursting with excitement. And can I just say, per review: WOW! It is SUCH a relief and rarity when the hype is actually exceeded by the film. I was thoroughly taken- from storyline, symbolism, messaging, casting, set design and overall feel good factor. In a cinematic (and real world) climate that locates the heroic black protagonist as exceptional, BP was a credit to a largely all black [...]

2018-02-17T23:37:28+00:00 February 17th, 2018|

Moving Images Making Waves

As a newly appointed Board Director to ACMI, I’m excited to be seeing this museum of moving image wonders in a new light- as a leader and entrepreneur in digital technology set to transform how we convey and consume stories & information. If you haven’t visited recently, check out their incredible exhibitions and/or one of the films featuring in the summer program. There is literally something for everyone.#acmi #artysmarty #makingchangehappen #tasneemchopra #crossculturalconsultant #acmionline#museum #acmi #renewal #melbourne#australia [...]

2018-01-10T11:07:36+00:00 January 8th, 2018|

One Billion Ways to Be Motivated

Seriously though 😏 an amazing evening of motivational conversations to transform narratives. Organised by the #MuslimCollective [Reason•Compassion•Progress], with guest speaker Professor Amina Wadud from Berkley, Ca. this was a fabulous dinner held at #TheSocialStudio.  •Eliminate the perceived limitations of the glass ceiling, by creating your building void of a ceiling  •That the deeper and darker times become, the more powerful is the light we have.  •We need to take our single light and combine it with [...]

2017-12-19T23:09:53+00:00 December 19th, 2017|

Walking the Artsmarty  Talk, ACMI Board Appointment Style 

Am thrilled to be joining the Board of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) as they embark upon new adventures in 2018.  It’s an honour to be working alongside this team of accomplished professionals, both on the Board and Executive. “acmionline: We’re so excited to announce that we've got some new Board members! Welcome @ilbijerri_theatre's Rachel Maza, cross-cultural consultant and curator Tasneem Chopra, and @madmanent co-founder Paul Wiegard. We look forward to your [...]

2017-12-08T07:44:12+00:00 December 7th, 2017|

High Tea with Healing Ambition

Was honoured that the Cyril Dharmawardana Foundation Inc. (CDF) invited me to guest present at their Annual High Tea event at the Brighton Town Hall Gardens  The Melbourne based CDF is a charity established to assist cancer patients both locally and overseas, . supporting both the Peter MacCallum Institute & Royal Flying Doctor Service.  As a Cancer Charity, CDF promotes cancer awareness and social contribution to the sick. All funds raised were to be utilised [...]

2017-11-30T06:02:28+00:00 November 5th, 2017|

Black Lives Matter making inroads in Australian Activism 

These are some of the highlights from today’s event during which participants had an opportunity to meet with the#BlackLivesMatter* founders and share experiences and learnings from their fight for racial equality.  This event enabled people of colour, young and old, to hold conversations about how to build a movement and fortify power together.  Experiences included: Sharing stories of oppression & survival A panel featuring First Nation Leaders Art & performances Meeting colleagues involved in creating [...]

2017-11-30T05:48:22+00:00 November 4th, 2017|