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Lotterywest Story Street is a new project from CAN that provides free access to storytelling skills and cultural expression for communities in many languages! CAN will host community dinners, theatre performances, oral storytelling, creative workshops, and gatherings to speak to community about stories they want to see. CAN will also host a travelling library containing significant histories, creative tool-kits, literature, art and performance.


Lotterywest Story Street is run by and for community members from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse* backgrounds. With this project, CAN will provide places for safe cultural expression of communities and from communities. We want local people to feel free to be themselves and see themselves.

All events are free, however registration is essential, and light catering will be provided at all events.

*Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD): 

For the purposes of this project, the term Culturally and Linguistically Diverse refers to people who are first, second or third generation migrants or members of ethnic communities. This includes people who may self-identify or engage with the languages, customs and cultural specificities of ancestral heritages that differ from those of Anglo-Australians. Other terms that our communities identify with may include Person of Colour (POC), People of the Global South, migrant, refugee and Non-English speaking backgrounds. (Source: Diversity Arts Australia’s definition of this term)

Embodied: Dance Nights workshops hosted by Mararo Wangai, Yilin Kong, and Sete Tele.

Embodied is an invitation to inhabit your body, express yourself through movement and have fun. We recognise that LGBTQIA+ folks, CALD and ATSI people and people with a disability operate within systems which often isolate them/us from their/our own bodies, while representing those bodies as other. Embodied aims to foster a safe space to allow for connection to our bodies and identities through dance.

Embodied is a casual dance night which will be followed by an opportunity for participants to chat about the experience in a supportive informal setting. As part of the process, we are making zines and a video where participants will have the chance to share their words, thoughts, feelings and moves!

The project will consist of weekly dance nights across the City of Stirling, the City of Canning and the City of Wanneroo between September and November 2019.


 

Mararo Wangai hosts this celebration of wild and wide reading. An opportunity to share each other’s love for reading where willing participants choose a short passage to read from a book that is very dear to them or perhaps even one that they have never encountered before!

Wed 11 Sept 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Herb Graham Recreation Centre, City of Stirling

Fri 20 Sept
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Girrawheen Koondoola Senior Citizens Centre, City of Wanneroo

Wed 25 Sept
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Riverton Library, City of Canning


 

Yilin Kong hosts this workshop on improvisation in a safe and inclusive space. This is an invitation to respond to prompts such as imagery, narrative, and sensory perception in order to find your physical voice.

This is about the joy of movement, no prior experience is required!

Wed 2 Oct
5:30 – 8:30pm
Herb Graham Recreation Centre City of Stirling

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Fri 11th Oct
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Girrawheen Seniors Centre, City of Wanneroo

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Wed 6th Nov
6:00pm – 8:30pm
Riverton Library, City of Canning

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Sete Tele will facilitate a group game of hacky sack using blower vacs. Attendees will be invited to write their story on a piece of paper which will be scrunched up and will function as the ‘hacky sack’. The group will use blower vacs to keep the paper in the air. This will be documented via GoPros worn on participants bodies. A discussion will follow where attendees can reflect on the experience. This will also be an opportunity to critically discuss the way ‘cultural stories’ are expected and received by white organisations and audiences.

 

Wed 23rd Oct
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Herb Graham Recreation Centre, City of Stirling

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Fri 1st Nov
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Girrawheen Seniors Centre, City of Wanneroo

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Wed 6th Nov
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Riverton Library, City of Canning

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Lotterywest Story Street in partnership with the City of Canning provides free access to storytelling skills and cultural expression for communities in many languages!


Pot Luck Book Party

Hosted by Sunili Govinnage

Join us for a different kind of bookclub! We love books too much to just talk about one at a time, so this is like a pot-luck dinner party, but for books. Bring along you your favourite book from a diverse or Own Voices author and get ready to tell readers in your community why you love it.

We encourage you to bring a plate of food to share. Free to attend but registration is essential.

For: Readers from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. Language interpretation services will be provided upon request. 

Thurs 17th Oct
5:30 – 7:30 pm Riverton Library
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Thurs 24th Oct
5:30 – 7:30 pm Cannington Library
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Thurs 31 Oct
5:30 – 7:30 pm Bentley Library
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Between Cultures

Hosted by Sabrina Hafid
Embrace your intercultural self! Many people belong to more than one culture in Australia and exploring where we fit within this context can be tricky. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to meet people with similar experiences and together we will explore the challenges and strenths of being intercultural individuals.
We will look at ways we can embrace and meanfully develop our cultural identities, and have fun getting crafty.

For: Ages 13+ from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. 

Sat 16th Nov
2:00 – 5:00 pm Cannington Library
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Photography and Storytelling

Hosted by Tasha Faye

This workshop will explore different ways of storytelling through photography in an accessible way. Tasha will be sharing the images from her first solo exhibition earlier this year as an example of storytelling, talking about her process, and the importance of involving lived experiences in storytelling. Participants will be encouraged to pair up to create a portrait of each other and to share stories in a warm and welcoming environment. Participants are also welcome to bring a DSLR, smartphone camera or any other type of camera along to the workshop.

For: People of all ages and backgrounds. 

Sat 16th Nov
1:00 – 3:00 pm Canning River Eco Education Centre
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Lotterywest Story Street in partnership with the City of Stirling provides free access to storytelling skills and cultural expression for communities in many languages!


Teatro Latinx

Teatro Latinx is a series of storytelling workshops that aspires to uncover collective Latinx stories and the best way to tell them.

At each workshop a different Latinx artist will share their practice with the community and offer tools that can give shape to the stories the participants want to tell.

The aim of Teatro Latinx is to generate the narratives that can hold the community together and change the conversations that frame the issues within.

To see a community interconnected, proud of their stories of self-determination and ready to share them.

For: People who identify as Latinx

Dates:

Thu 26th Sept & Thu 24 Oct
6:00 – 9:00 pm

Beaufort Street Community Centre


Intercultural Young Creatives of WA Meet Up

CAN invites Intercultural Young Creatives of WA to gather together to enjoy a night of dance, open mic spoken word poetry, arts activities and heart warming food. While sharing your creative interests and what you would like to experience more of in the arts!

We welcome creatives of all skill levels and artistic backgrounds.

This youth meet up event is aimed at young people ages 8 to 26 years old who identify as any of the following:

  • Aboriginal
  • Torres Strait Islander
  • First Nations Person
  • Person of Colour (PoC)
  • Person of the Global Majority
  • Person of the Global South
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CaLD)

Sat 5th Oct
6:00 – 9:00 pm Herb Graham Recreation Centre
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Between Cultures

Hosted by Sabrina Hafid


Embrace your intercultural self! Many people belong to more than one culture in Australia and exploring where we fit within this context can be tricky. In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to meet people with similar experiences and together we will explore the challenges and strenths of being intercultural individuals.
We will look at ways we can embrace and meanfully develop our cultural identities, and have fun getting crafty.

For: Ages 13+ from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. 

Sat 12th Oct
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Herb Graham Recreation Centre
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FILIPINO PLEASE: Karaoke Fiesta

Hosted by Colin Smith, Julianne Concepcion and Ruth Lopez

FILIPINO PLEASE is a heartfelt invitation to Filipino/Filipnx people of Perth to come together and share their stories.

By bringing people together through imagination and creativity in the sharing of personal and collective histories, FLIPINO PLEASE hopes to provide a place to speak from the heart.

*AUSLAN interpreter services will be available at this event

For: People of all ages who identify as Filipino/Flipinx.

Sat 23rd Nov
2:00 – 5:00 pm Herb Graham Recreation Centre
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Building Shelves, Building Community

Hosted by Janet Carter and Aisyah Aaqil Sumito

In this workshop, people will be guided through building shelves on wheels for the Story Street travelling library.

Janet Carter and Aisyah Aaqil Sumito will teach participants practical wood-working and building skills. All resources and materials will be provided. During the workshop, a lunch will be provided, and the artists will lead participants into a discussion on community building.

Please note: Shelves made during the workshop will be used in the Story Street library and will not be taken home by participants.

*AUSLAN interpreter services will be available at this event

For: People ages 13+ and from all backgrounds. 

Sat 7th Dec
11:00 am – 3:30 pm Craft Room at Stirling Community Centres
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Human Rights Day: Working Towards a More Just Future

Hosted by Refugee Rights Action Network WA

In celebration of Human Rights Day 2019, CAN with the Refugee Rights Action Network WA will be hosting a communal gathering and sharing presentations that highlight the importance of this annual event.

*AUSLAN interpreter services will be available at this event

For: People of all ages and backgrounds. 

Tues 10th Dec
5:30 – 8:30 pm Herb Graham Recreation Centre
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Lotterywest Story Street in partnership with the City of Stirling provides free access to storytelling skills and cultural expression for communities in many languages!


Storytelling Festival Dreams Community Brainstorm

Come along and share your ideas for an Own Voices* storytelling festival with us. This is a space to dream of community gatherings that will cherish all identities, all forms of storytelling, and all languages.

Light catering will be provided.

AUSLAN interpreter services will be available at this event. Language interpretation services will be provided upon request.

*Own Voices: Refers to a literary movement where the authors who belong to marginalised groups create or tell stories from their own identities.

For: Young people from ages 8 to 26 years.

Sat 30 Nov & Sun 1 Dec
10:30 am – 1:00 pm Girrawheen Hub
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Throughout the 2019 program of Lotterywest Story Street, local audio maker Emiko Watanabe will be conducting personal interviews with the communitiies involved in the Lotterywest Story Street projects across the City of Canning, Stirling and Wanneroo.

These interviews will be available for streaming.

Watch this space for more information!


Become a Story Keeper

The library will travel to various local community centres across 2018 and 2019, growing with each installation. We are calling for story keepers to lend books, artworks and stories to the library to grow beautiful, multilayered community narratives. Please get in touch with Project Coordinator Steven Finch for more information steven@canwa.com.au

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