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Sanaa :

A better world through creativity

A celebration of art, creativity, life and humanity

As a not-for-profit organisation, Sanaa Ink through Sanaa: A  better world through creativity, promote the power of art and creativity in bridging gaps, challenging perceptions and increasing intercultural understanding. Through music, visual art, street art, performance, workshops and story telling, we explore  a diverse world of cultures.

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 and subsequent trips to East and West Africa, where she met the artists who she works with today through the Sanaa platform.

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 Most Outstanding event for Adelaide Fringe, the Sanaa Festival platform was again delivered in 2018. 

In 2018, visiting African street and visual artists collaborated with leading South Australian street artists, transforming city spaces and sharing, exploring and learning about one another's culture, through their art form. Four large scale murals were delivered in the Adelaide CBD and one at Elizabeth. 

Sanaa Exhibition was held in the Kerry Packer Civic Gallery - The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre. Showcasing the work of 14 African artists, including that of the six visiting artists, the exhibition received a total attendance of 3316, over a six week duration. Artists participated in an artist talk and VIP Exhibition Launch in the presence of His Excellency Hieu Van Le - Governor of South Australia, who officially launched Sanaa Exhibition. 

In conjunction with Carclew, we delivered seven artist led workshops to 150 young people, with work developed throughout installed as public art in Eliza Street, for Sanaa Street Festival. Sanaa Story Telling presented Zainab Zahra Syed, internationally touring Pakistani writer, performer, educator, spoken word artist and founder of Pakistan's first ever poetry slam event, as key note speaker. Following her presentation, she joined a line up of local South Australian poets in an open mic poetry night. 

Concluding with Sanaa Street Festival on Saturday 17 March, the event showcased artists, fashion designers and creatives from South Australia's diverse multicultural communities, as well as a global food village, catered by the community themselves. We saw an attendance of just under 3000 people, who visited Eliza Street to experience all that Sanaa Street Festival is! 

Sanaa : A better world through creativity, which touched over 6500 individuals in 2018 via its various events, is a powerful celebration of art, creativity, life and humanity. In just two years, we have reached in excess of 12,000 people. Check out the videos of our 2017 and 2018 festivals below and join the movement!

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 Sanaa Street Art collaboration, Kenyan artist Bankslave with Australian artist Joel Van Moore

Sanaa Street Art collaboration, Kenyan artist Bankslave with Australian artist Joel Van Moore

Sanaa Street Festival Fashion Parade, presented by Ms and Mr Africa South Australia