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ABC Saturday Afternoons, Australia

So this happened and I managed to not cut off any live interviews - always a bonus! Thanks to my endlessly patient and brilliant producer @desileary who makes it look so easy and reminds me to smile and breathe when it feels like I’m treading water. For the first of 8 Saturday Afternoon programs, I enjoyed talking, Easter justice, refugee art murals, Greek cinema, Lentil As Anything, radio station Aussie music quotas and child prodigy [...]

2018-03-31T09:42:33+00:00 March 31st, 2018|

Penalties & Purpose

Tonight in Canberra at The #TuggeranongArtsCentre, I participated in a panel called ‘Penalties & Purpose’, as part of the centre’s ‘The Human Condition’ program.  The program comprises several projects that explore themes from ‘Another Day in Paradise’- a major exhibition by artist Myuran Sukumaran, who along with Andrew Chan and Van Nguyen faced the death penalty in Indonesia.  My panel discussion was facilitated by former ABC correspondent Ginny Stein, who covered the reintroduction of the [...]

2018-03-25T10:33:30+00:00 March 24th, 2018|

Activating Change from Within

Looking up to these two giants, Ali Ahmed and Ahmed Nur of the community sector, at the launch of the ‘Young Womens Leadership’ initiative of #YouthActivatingYouth, securing funding for a forthcoming round of fitness and mentoring activities for Muslim girls across Melbourne. Run by young women , for young women aged 13-25, this venture has draw and value to those looking for a space to belong, excel and connect. Congrats to #YAY for your efforts [...]

2018-03-24T01:46:08+00:00 March 23rd, 2018|

Curious & Curiouser

Today I had the pleasure of a behind-the-scenes scoping of the almost completed installation of ‘Wonderland’. Billed as an ‘immersive exhibition that takes you down the rabbit hole’, this exhibition is scheduled to open April 5th and is an #ACMI commission that ticks all the boxes per sensory stimulation.  For those who love adventure, technology and the allegory of childhood classics, Wonderland is an exhibition that dazzles the auditory and tactile senses, inviting an interaction [...]

2018-03-22T08:01:49+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

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|

TerraNullius Makes Waves

Attending #ACMI’s premiere of ‘Terra Nullius’ - an Australian film that examines this nation’s sense of self, without apology or exception.  Shout outs to #SodaJerk’s Dan & Dominique, ACMI’s CEO, Katrina Sedgwick and guest film launcher, Kate White, for brilliant speeches Check out this stellar review from The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/mar/20/terror-nullius-review-dazzling-kinetic-mishmashed-beast-of-an-australian-film?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other . #artysmarty #terranulliusfilm #indyartists #braveart

2018-03-21T01:45:41+00:00 March 20th, 2018|

Lived Experiences Shaping Diversity

This morning I participated in a candid session of storytelling, as part of the harmony week celebrations held by SE Water in Frankston. The ‘Lived Experiences’ discussions included four co-panellists; Sebastian, Mazia, Jeremy, Dawn and myself. We each shared our experiences of migration, inclusion and at times, exclusion. I want to commend the HR team at SE water, and Majella in particular, for embracing this honest and unconventional yet simple method of providing a platform [...]

2018-03-20T08:12:46+00:00 March 20th, 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|

But Where Are You Really From?

Tonight I presented a keynote address for the Human Rights Forum, ‘Where Are You Really From’- held by @cityofgreaterbendigo and @zindafestival .  Following my keynote, a superb panel discussion ensued about identity & belonging and how navigating these issues affects our human rights. Facilitated by Kate McInnes (LCMS), my copanellists included Rodney (Dja Dja Warrung leader), Lisa Chesters MP, Sonia Vignjevic (VMC), Moustapha Al Rawi (resident) and myself. Audience participation was high, indicating a passion [...]

2018-03-20T23:36:11+00:00 March 15th, 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|