Participation in arts activity provides people from all walks of life with the opportunity for skills development, increased physical activity, new friends and expanded social circles. Spoken word poetry gives us the opportunity to express, connect, listen and understand each other. It helps us to explore and interpret our own stories and share discoveries and learn from other people's perspective.
Common Ground was established by Multicultural Arts Victoria 5 years ago and is a unique, multilingual, multi-faith project that uses various forms of writing, primarily spoken word, to build connection and understanding between young people of diverse faiths and cultures.
The program comprising of facilitated workshops originated with the Sikh and Muslim communities within Melbourne and expanded to include diverse communities across Melbourne, country Victoria and Perth.
The documentary touches on faith, identity and overcoming adversity through creative expression. It explores the journey of emerging poets Shimaa, Lexi and Patti leading up to their final performance at the Malthouse Theatre, in Melbourne in December 2017.
The documentary also features performances and reflections by past participants who’ve established them selves amongst the emerging Melbourne spoken word scene.
The transformative and unifying essence of the spoken word is explored through Facilitators Nour Abouzeid, Manal Younus and Eugenia Flynn, Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa; and Youth leader Julie Babiano empowers participants through creative writing and performance workshops.
The Common Ground documentary was produced by Flying Aya Media and Multicultural Arts Victoria.
General Admission: $15