ARTS HUB

About the Arts Hub

 

The Arts hub at AMCF is an intimate space that brings together a collaboration of
emerging artist. Given the huge talent present in the African Australian community in
Melbourne, emerging artist now have opportunity to perform on an intimate stage,
giving the audience an opportunity to meet the artist up close and personal. The Arts
hub recognises these artist talents and allows a space for them to be encouraged and
celebrated. The Arts hub will incorporate poetry, spoken word, music, head wrapping,
painting displays and inspirational leader that will share their story and journey of
success through their art in Australia.

 

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SESSION TIMES:

12:00-12:15pm- Zai……………………………………………Welcome and Opening
12:15-12:25pm- Samuel……………………..………………Book Series Introduction
12:30-12:40pm- Chinelo………… Reading a page from Samuel’s Dream Tales Series
12:45-1:15pm- Ez Deng…………………….……………………Inspirational Speaker
1:20-1:30pm- Samuel…………………………….…………..Book Series Introduction
1:35-1:45pm- Timothy……………Reading a page from Samuel’s Dream Tales Series
1:50-2:20pm- Astrid……………………………………………………………..Poetry
2:25-2:55pm- Fatma………………………………………………………………Poetry
3:00-3:30pm- Sello………………………….……………………………….Jazz Band
3:35-4:05pm- Kyah…………………………………………….…Inspirational Speaker
4:10-4:40pm- Flick……………………………………………………………….Poetry
4:45-5:15pm- Jay…………………………………………………………………Poetry
5:20-5:50pm- Tariro…………………….………………………………………..Poetry
5:55-6:25pm- Sello…………………………………………………………..Jazz Band
6:25-6:30pm- Zai……………………………………………….Thank you and Closing

Fine Artist: Maxime & Ben……………………….Meet the Artist & Purchase Artwork
Book Authors: Samuel & Astrid…………Meet the Author & Signed Copy Giveaways

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Zai Zanda

Sista Zai Zanda is a storyteller, educator and radio producer. She has facilitated poetry and storytelling workshops in Australia, Zimbabwe and Denmark.  In 2011, she founded Stillwaters Storytelling Collective, a platform for diverse women’s voices led by Black African women. Stillwaters performed at the Emerging Writers Festival, the Big West Festival, La Mama Theatre and the Light In Winter Festival.  Currently, Zai hosts and curates the Pan Afrikan Poets Café, the home of new, cutting edge and classic Afrikan literature.  This is a pop up literary event for stories by and about Afrikan and First Nations’ storytellers.
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Flick Mashuro

Felicity is a poet and aspiring filmmaker. Her work treads the formidable paths of the third culture journey of a first-generation migrant, exploring identity of self and community through her words and her vision.

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Jay Larkin

Jay Larkin combines her love for poetry and good food every month at her pop up poetry cafe Miss Millie’s. Here she’s been able to cultivate a community of poets mature and green, whilst eating homemade brownies. When she’s not baking for Miss Millie’s you can find her running workshops for high schools, judging many a competition or running more poetry events with the Islamic museum of Australia.

And sometimes when she’s not behind the scenes she takes place on stage and performs her own work, almost always centering around relationships, identity, feminism and her journey as a woman in 2017 so far.

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Fatma Hussein

Fatma is a passionate activist and intuitive woman of colour poet. She writes about mental health, self-care, and other interactions that stimulate the mind and encourage conversation. She has an active social media presence through her blog, which launched in 2015 as a way to heal while going through her own mental health journey and documenting progress.

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Astrid Mbani- Carstens

I come from the joining of Africa’s thighs. Writing for almost two years now inspired by people like Maya Angelou, Floetry, India Arie. Most passionate about we importance of ones personal emotional work and how that benefits your creativity and work with women. Working in the field of mental health gives me a special view on life and gives me a blessed opportunity to connect with very special people. My hopes for the near future are to extend my love of working with women to the Northern Territory. This is one of the most exciting times of my life that I get to share with the world.

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Tariro Mavondo

Tariro is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist who uses multiple disciplines to tell stories. Tariro writes and performs poetry as well as facilitates poetry workshops around Australia. She sees art as a conversation and a dialogue & her practice focuses on creativity as a facilitator of social change. Tariro also works on the Australian screen and has been an actor in an internationally award winning web series The Shakespeare Republic. Tariro trained at the VCA and graduated with a Bachelor of Dramatic Art and was awarded the Irene Mitchell Award for excellence. She has since undertaken more training in California at Tamalpa Institute with legendary artist and teacher Anna Halprin who created the Life Art Process and underwent training in South Africa at the University of SA (Decoloniality Studies). Tariro also founded and produced Africa’s Got Talent Australia for three years and the event is still running today.

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Ez Eldin Deng

Ez Eldin Deng is a South Sudanese film and music video director, producer, and writer. He has directed and produced numerous music videos, which have reached millions of views in total on YouTube. Deng first arrived in Melbourne, Australia in 2004 with his family and to this day, Melbourne is still his home as he continues to break new grounds in Australia’s film and television industry.
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Kyah Parrott

Kyah explores themes of inner and outer space through rhythmic use of the English language. Initially an artist that used solely her voice to move her audience. The recent addition of music and collaborations with her collective NOA have allowed her a home within artistry and a new found peace that parallels her meditation practice. Stay tuned.

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Dr Sam Umealu

Author of the ‘Dream tales book series’. Tales book series comprising dream time stories similar to “Alice in Wonder land” but drawn from the Igbo folklore. This is the first of those volumes. The Igbo are an ethnic group in West Africa. Story telling is considered a valuable art by the Igbo. As a child, I listened to tales from an endless stock of the Igbo folklore. I was told these stories at bedtime, by my grandmother, an aunt or an uncle. The same story was sometimes re-told but differently and with a dose of personal flavour. These tales often revolve around the tortoise and his wily ways, in a fabled universe where mankind and animals shared the same language and lived happily together. This mythical world also shared boundaries with the mystic world of the spirits, and entities from both worlds freely interacted with one another.
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Sello Molefi

Sello Molefi- From South Africa started working here Australia in 2003 as ensemble member of the lion king and did it for ten years in Australia, China, Johannesburg and London West End and Melbourne Fringe Festival 2009. Singer songwriter with an EP out called Mamelang and single titled ‘ngwana ya sa lleng’. Founder and chair of Bokamoso Arts Centre in my hometown, husband and father influenced by everything culture and music of the world. Sello is a passionate vocal and choral music teacher.
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Ben Sofowara

Ben Sofowara is mostly a self-taught artist. He was trained by his high school art teacher (in classes), but privately coached himself through the Walter Foster Art How to Books (California, USA). This was around the age of 11 when most of his pocket money went on art materials. Ben sold his art works at the age of 12 years to two of his high school teachers in the 70’s. This gave him further inspiration coupled with that of his father and other admires of his work at this age. He worked on some commissioned painting (portraits) with his art teacher by the age of 13. From then on, he sold his own work, some of which were commissioned. Ben works with pencil, charcoal, pastels, watercolours, acrylic, oil and in craft he works with African silk wool weaving. Ben moved to Melbourne from Los Angeles California. He is an actor (film, TV and stage), dancer, spiritual teacher/healer and yoga teacher with 40 year of practice.
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Maxime Banks

Maxime Banks is a multidisciplinary artist working in visual images, design, writing, performance and textiles. Born in USA with Mississippi roots, she is creating an Afro Galactic archive of Black portraiture and text. Science, hybridity, African American culture and history, entwined with the performance of memory, drawing, imagination as forms of time travel, are some aspects of her current research and artistic practice. A recipient of a City of Melbourne arts grant, Writers Victoria Women Writers Of Color bursary, Linden Postcard Show award and City of Yarra arts grant.  Banks received her BS and BFA from universities in USA and Paris, France; MFA postgraduate research study at University of New South Wales. Her exhibition and performance highlights include Federation Square Fracture gallery, Afrika Speaks Back, Afro Hub; City Library; Slamalamadingdong; G3 Artspace and Delmar Gallery, Sydney.