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Multicultural Arts Victoria presents



A unique poetry and spoken word project for young people from Sikh and Muslim communities in Melbourne
2:30 -5:00pm
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Lt Lonsdale Street, Melbourne FREE

Light refreshments will be provided - arrive early to ensure your seat.

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On Sunday December 8 between 2.30 and 5.00pm Multicultural Arts Victoria will spark interfaith discussions through creativity and poetry with Common Ground: Mecca to Amritsar: a collaboration between young people from Sikh and Muslim communities in Melbourne, hosted by project mentors Sikh emcee L-FRESH the Lion, spoken word Muslim poet Abdul Hammoud and Candice Monique.

This showcase of poetry and spoken word will feature performances by the young people alongside professional Sikh and Muslim artists at The Wheeler Centre, the cornerstone of Melbourne’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.

Audiences will be enhanced by sacred music performances from internationally renowned master musical interpreter of traditional Sikh hymns (shabad) Dya Singh and from the Mehr Ensemble, Australia’s leading Persian music ensemble drawing inspiration from the Radif tradition of classical Persian music and classical Persian poetry.

There will also be the opportunity for the audience to create poems and have these performed by the artists at the end of the show.

This creative leadership project by Multicultural Arts Victoria is the first of its kind in Victoria.

It has provided young Sikh and Muslim people opportunities to connect with each other, to develop new creative ideas around their diverse faiths and identities and promotes social cohesion and mutual understanding.

The workshops have run for 8 weeks and with the guidance of professional artists and leaders.

The project is an outcome of Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Righteous program which aims to provide a voice and pathways into the arts for young people from emerging and refugee communities in Victoria.


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Media queries: Jess Fairfax, projects@multiculturalarts.com.au, (03) 9188 3681, 0450 348 969.

Mapping Melbourne brings together an explosive program of events across the CBD celebrating our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections. 5-8 December 2013. Check out the program.


COMMON GROUND: MECCA TO AMRITSAR is produced and presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria

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