Cookin’ Up Community with Abe Nouk & Ajak Kwai
A banquet of story, song and spoken word as poet & storyteller Abe Nouk and singer/songwriter Ajak Kwai share the secrets behind a traditional South Sudanese delicacy.
Set amongst the leafy green community kitchen and garden within the Atherton Gardens Housing Estate, Cookin’ Up Community is a MAV production, bringing together food, art and stories to set a rich and delicious narrative of a nation built on diversity. And yes, you do get to eat the food at the end!
This production was co-directed by Vanessa Chapple and supported by Cultivating Community.
Cookin’ Up Community is part of Emerge in Yarra 2016, a week long festival commemorating World Refugee Week and celebrating the artistic and cultural diversity of Yarra, spanning a multitude of workshops, theatre performances, cooking demonstrations, live music, storytelling, spoken word, comedy and conversations. Check out all the Festival events.
Founded in 2004 as a platform for artists in MAV’s Visible Music Mentoring Program, the Emerge in Yarra festival has since grown to encompass talented artists from refugee and emerging communities across the city, diverse art forms, new collaborations and commissioned works. The festival is timed to coincide with the United Nations World Refugee Day and Refugee Week and celebrates the ever-expanding contributions artists from all sectors of our diverse society have made in building Melbourne’s unique creative landscape and the cultural fabric of Victoria. Emerge in Yarra is supported by Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Yarra, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, Melbourne Playback Theatre, PBS, The Ownership Project, The Social Studio, Cultivating Community, PICAA, and The Neighbourhood Justice Centre.