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#AliveWithCreativity: Arts in Cardinia

Showcasing the art and artists of Cardinia Shire.

Showcasing the art and artists of Cardinia Shire.

Date: Monday 3 August 2020
Time: 3pm
Duration: 5 minutes

Spoken word poetry has a powerful ability to enable self-esteem and self-expression in young people. 

This performance piece was captured as part of the 2019 Cardinia Arts Residency Project. 

The Cardinia Arts Residency Project was all about making art with communities in communities. This project was designed to engage new people across the three wards of Cardinia Shire with the arts, connecting them with professional artists, and helping to better connect them socially with each other.

The African Slam Poetry residency was led by professional artist Wāni Lefrere who worked with African young people in our community through a series of workshops at Cardinia Cultural Centre. 

Participants had the opportunity to work with Wāni to explore new ways of writing, rhythm, rhyme and to build confidence on stage. 

This video shows participants attending a special workshop with international Slam-Poetry artists from South Africa, Xolile Mabuza and Thando Sibanda. Participants were inspired by the powerful presentation by these two amazing artists.

This project was funded through Creative Victoria.

Duration: 4 minutes 

Present Tense is a performance piece that relates to the immediate and contemporary nature of performance, but also to the power of performance, the power of being on the stage, of being valued and acknowledged.

It was created as part of the 2019 Cardinia Arts Residency Project.

The Cardinia Arts Residency Project was all about making art with communities in communities. This project was designed to engage new people across the three wards of Cardinia Shire with the arts, connecting them with professional artists, and helping to better connect them socially with each other.

The Contemporary Dance For Seniors Residency was one of the projects undertaken to enable more freedom of expression than traditional dance forms.

This project was led by local professional artist Gulsen Ozen.The residency was an opportunity for elders living in Koo Wee Rup area to work with Gulsen to develop a shared practice and to share that practice with the wider community through the creation of a contemporary dance work.

The residency was built on the primary relationships between artist and elders, and aimed to develop a sense of collective. During the residency the participants were committed to attend every week where they formed strong friendship among themselves.

The outcome of this project was to create a dance performance which was powerful and delicate. Seniors have a great presence and their bodies hold so many stories. 

This project was funded through Creative Victoria.