Artwork Credit: Bankslave - Mrembo (Swahili) Beautiful Heart (English)              Artwork Credit: Onyis Martin - 389.      

 Artwork Credit: Bankslave - Mrembo (Swahili) Beautiful Heart (English)              Artwork Credit: Onyis Martin - 389.      

The Sanaa Festival platform, through music, visual art, street art, performance, workshops and story telling, explore  a diverse world of cultures. We have a commitment to learn about others, thus leading to greater intercultural understanding.  Founded by documentary film-maker Victoria Lewis, who travelled to East Africa in 2015 to film Slum Ballet - a short film exploring the positive power of art in the community. It was during the course of this trip, she met a number of talented grassroots East African artists, who she works with today through not-for-profit, Sanaa Ink.

Sanaa Ink showcases the work of artists from parts of the world with an incredible raw talent. We also promote the artistic and creative talent of South Australia's diverse multicultural communities, for having a lively arts and cultural scene, creates a great city to live. We seek to provide a platform for those where this opportunity may lack. 

We believe art and culture represent one of the 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. 

Following the success of the 2017 festival - awarded Bank SA Most Outstanding event for Adelaide Fringe, the Sanaa Festival platform will again be delivered in 2018. 

Six visiting African street and visual artists will collaborate with leading South Australian street artists, transforming city spaces, as well as sharing, exploring and learning about one another's culture, through their art form. Sanaa Exhibition will be held in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery - The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, showcasing the work of visiting African and local South Australian artists, aligning with the galleries theme Strengthening our Democracy - Valuing our Diversity - Building our Future. 

Six artist led workshops will be delivered to school students, with work developed throughout installed as public art in Eliza Street, for Sanaa Street Festival. Sanaa Street Festival will showcase artists, fashion designers and creatives from South Australia's diverse multicultural communities, as well as a global food village, catered by the community themselves. 

Zainab Zahra Syed, internationally touring Pakistani writer, performer, educator, spoken word artist and founder of Pakistan's first ever poetry slam event, will be presented as part of Sanaa Story Telling. Zainab will deliver a talk, as well as poetry - sharing with audiences her view on the world, in a unique and poetic manner.

An enticing and exciting program of events, dates and more details are included within the website. Check out the short video below if you missed the festival in February 2017. 

For further information, please contact Victoria Lewis on +61 404 849 162 or

 Smokillah at work in Eliza Street, Adelaide

Smokillah at work in Eliza Street, Adelaide

WiseTwo talks about his vibrant artwork at the Exhibition opening, Kerry Packer Civic Gallery