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Common Ground 2019 @ Immigration Museum
July 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until August 10, 2019
Common Ground, established by Multicultural Arts Victoria, is a unique, multilingual, multi-faith project that uses various forms of writing, primarily spoken word, to build connection and understanding between young people of diverse faiths and cultures.
The program comprises a set of facilitated workshops, a performance outcome in the local area and the opportunity to perform at a venue in Melbourne.
The workshops will be facilitated by Michelle Alina Dabrowski and Nour Abouzeid.
For more information contact Common Ground Coordinator, Ajit Singh on: 0469 393 460 or email@example.com.
Light refreshments provided.
1 PM – 3PM, each Saturday
from 22 June to 10 Aug 2019
Free workshop. Register via Eventbrite.
FINAL PERFORMANCE OUTCOME
7 PM – 10.30 PM, 15 Aug 2019
400 Flinders Street, Melbourne
MICHELLE ALINA DABROWSKI
Michelle Alina Dabrowski is a Polish/Canadian, writer, arts educator, wellness coach, activist and entrepreneur settled and working in Naarm. As a multi-disciplinary singing, rapping and vocal looping Poet Michelle’s performance art invokes the re-wilded feminine in a continuous exploration of nature’s cycles and identity politics.
Michelle is the founder of Slamalamadingdong and coached Team Slama, representing Melbourne at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago 2018. Michelle teaches spoken word poetry in schools and communities of young people as a tool for authentic art making and uncovering of the true self. She has hosted the Australian Poetry Slam across Victoria from 2014-2017 and has curated programming for international festivals and TV networks like SBS.
As a divergent thinker, creative mid-wife, philosopher and activist Michelle is passionate about bridging eco-psychology, neuroscience, feminism, social justice and wellness in intersectional spaces. Michelle facilitates re-wilding retreats and monthly women’s circles. Working with the voice, lunar cycles, shamanic life craft, astrology and mytho-poetic soul descent Michelle resources folks with rites of passage experiences that build self-reliance, supporting the healthy and playful traverse into the shadow. Serving visionaries, change makers Michelle empowers women to restore depleted life-force by slowing down and de-programming social conditioning.
You can hear her work at michelledabrowski.com and in her forthcoming book of poetry and self care rituals, Femmeology available in September 2019.
Nour Abouzeid is a poet, spoken word artist, and creative curator based in Melbourne. A regular on the Melbourne slam scene, he has often been described as loud and outspoken, which he attributes to being a Generation Y Muslim Arab-Australian with a lot to say.
In addition to working closely with many local artists, he has also performed alongside acclaimed international artists and performed in the UK, Malaysia and the USA.
In 2010, he was the Victorian State Champion at the Australian Poetry Slam and again a state finalist in following years. In 2018, Nour qualified for the Melbourne Slam Team, the only team representing Australia at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago.
In addition to performing, Nour has been actively involved in poetry and performance workshops and artistic curation, which has included working with local high schools, the Immigration Museum and the National Gallery of Victoria.
Through his writing, Nour enjoys exploring themes around identity, social justice, failed romances and trying to reconcile the struggles of a diaspora attempting to find their place in a world that doesn’t seem to want them, while staying true to their faith and traditions.