They Cannot Take the Sky: Performance + Talk

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Hani Abdile video still Join spoken-word poet Hani Abdile and Chris Cummins (Rural Australians for Refugees) as we celebrate ‘They Cannot Take the Sky’ at LAI.

Saturday 14 March 2020 02:00 pm until Saturday 14 March 2020 04:00 pm (Add to calendar)
La Trobe Art Institute
5444 7272;
Presented by:
La Trobe Art Institute
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Community Event; Exhibition; Public

Spoken-word poet Hani Abdile will perform, followed by a conversation with local Rural Australians for Refugees president, Chris Cummins. Continue your evening by joining the festivities of Zinda festival in the park.

Hani Abdile is a writer and spoken word poet, who fled the civil war in Somalia.  Although only in her early 20s, Hani has already lived more than most of us; being only 16 when she fled Somalia alone, she was forced to leave her siblings and family behind. She made her way to Australia by boat and spent 11 months on Christmas Island. While detained, Hani found healing in writing poetry. Hani began writing about her life and in part, it was to improve her English speaking and writing abilities.

Hani is an honorary member of PEN International, a lead writer for the Writing Through Fences group, and has received numerous awards for her community work and many achievements since being released from immigration detention. Her first book I Will Rise was published in 2016 to critical acclaim. Hani continues tapping into the power of the spoken word and has a strong vision to shape the world through pen and paper.

They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention is an exhibition of personal stories from people who have sought asylum in Australia and have been detained by the Australian government under its mandatory detention policy.

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Zinda festival is all about multicultural music, food and art in the heart of Bendigo. Zinda celebrates our region’s growing diversity – the cultures that increasingly contribute to the vibrancy of our community. While the festival began over 10 years ago, 2 years ago we launched it with the new name of Zinda Festival and an exciting new global outlook. Zinda means alive and lively in a number of languages – Dari, Bengali, Farsi, Hindi, Hazaraghi and Urdu. It is therefore a truly multicultural name for our multicultural festival.

Zinda Festival is Bendigo’s multicultural festival (presented by Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services) that celebrates music, dance, food and cultures that contribute to the vibrancy of regional Victoria. Zinda Festival will be held on March the 14th 2020 at Rosiland Park Bendigo and will kick off Cultural Diversity Week.

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Image: ‘Hani Abdile’ Video still from ‘They Cannot Take the Sky: Stories from Detention’

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