One of the greatest challenges of the world today, is that we are often left untouched by the problems of others. Day in day out, we are exposed to what is happening around us, yet our differences be it race, religion or class, prevent us from feeling part of a global community.
Art and culture represent one of the few areas in our society where people can come together to share an experience, even if we see the world in a radically different way. A French artist once said, 'art is not supposed to change the world, but it can change perceptions'. It encourages us to cherish intuition, uncertainty, creativity and to constantly search for new ideas. In a world where people conform with the rules, artists break the rules, finding unorthodox ways of approaching contemporary issues. As a global community struggling to find connections with our fellow human beings, we believe art can drive change, because it is 'art that knows no prejudice, art knows no boundaries, art doesn't have judgement in its purest form'. And therefore, the role of an artist is an incredibly powerful one.
As a not-for-profit organisation, Sanaa Ink seeks to showcase the work of artists from parts of the world with an incredible raw talent. We also seek to promote the talent of our migrant community, for having a great arts scene in any city, creates a vibrant place to live. However, it also helps to break down barriers and challenge perceptions.
In February 2017, showcasing Africa's artistic talent, five Kenyan artists known for pushing the boundaries visited South Australia. The artists transformed a city street with spectacular mural art, launched with an African music, art, dance and cultural festival, involving South Australian migrant communities from Kenya, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Ghana. The Kerry Packer Civic Gallery - The Hawke Centre, at the University of South Australia showcased a selection of the artists work, supporting the galleries theme of Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future.
Mazi Maz Adelaide - a group supporting refugee woman in South Australia, hosted two sold out long table dinners with 150 guests across two nights at the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery, celebrating the work of the East African artists. Two workshops involving over 30 of South Australia's migrant youth, were delivered at Carclew and an Arts for Education platform, with funds raised to support girls of adolescent age to stay in school, in developing countries.
Events were delivered within the Adelaide Fringe 2017 program. On March 3, the Sanaa Street Festival was awarded a Fringe Weekly Award, for Most Outstanding event. At the annual Fringe Awards three weeks later, the Festival won the Bank SA Most Outstanding Event Award for Adelaide Fringe 2017. Check out the short video below if you missed our festival!
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