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Common Ground Showcase

December 10, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Common Ground Showcase

Multicultural Arts Victoria proudly presents Common Ground a unique, multilingual spoken word workshop series that utilises poetry to promote social cohesion and mutual understanding. Currently 17 people from diverse cultural and faith backgrounds across Melbourne are participating in the eight-week series of workshops. Facilitators and artists Abdul Hammoud, Ebony MonCrief and Sukhjit Khalsa are collaborating with these budding wordsmiths to create new spoken word pieces exploring identity and role of faith in our everyday lives.

Common Ground was established in 2013 to create a space for young people from two faiths that are often religiously and racially vilified (Sikhism and Islam), to come together and use spoken word and poetry as a medium for dialogue, friendship and interaction. Common Ground’s capacity to represent diverse cultures, faiths and identities through creativity offers a wealth of possibilities. It an opportunity to create interfaith dialogue around shared experiences to promote cultural cohesion and understanding.

On Saturday 10 December hear the 17 poets transform their papered confessions into spoken word by bringing their own voices and stories to the stage. The night will also feature music from The Yellow Peril Symphony, a trio comprised of traditional Chinese harp, cello and hip hip vocals, and Iranian singer and setar player Amir Kavev.


Date: 10 December

Time: 6-8:30pm

Address: The Channel at the Arts Centre, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004