Creative Hello: Sahra Salon

Venue Courtyard
Dates 21 June 2022
Category Live Event

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta Presents

Sahra Salon returns to National Theatre of Parramatta in June.

Emerging artists share their works in progress in a night of storytelling, intimacy and enchantment. Be part of their process and be transported to their worlds at this evening gathering or Sahra (Arabic). Share our intimate space of creativity and indulgence.

Sahra Salon is a showcase of artists of varied disciplines sharing their works in progress on a live audience. We invite you to be part of the artistic process of all our artists with plenty of food, drinks and laughs to be had at this Creative Hello event.

Artists: Ilhan Abdi, Hajer, Gary Lonesborough, Kim Pham 

This event is sponsored by The Finishing School Collective as part of a Community Capacity Building Grant received through The City of Parramatta as well as Powerhouse Youth Theatre. The Finishing School Collective would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of The Parramatta Artists’ Studios and the support of The National Theatre of Parramatta for this event.

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta have launched Creative Helloa collaborative networking initiative for western Sydney creatives from any artformThe sessions provide opportunities to connect with other professional creatives from experienced to emerging.

You never know who you might meet. Join us and connect with the NTofP team and other Western Sydney creatives.

Riverside Theatres is a registered COVID Safe venue with the NSW Government. The health and safety of all Riverside patrons and staff is at the forefront of all our operations. Our policies are consistently reviewed and will be updated in line with NSW Health guidelines and advice. Please review our Conditions of Entry & Patron Safety page prior to attending Riverside Theatres for the most up-to-date information.

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Ilhan Abdi is a writer, researcher, curator, and archivist. Her archival practice explores Somali music and theatre from the 20th century, with particular care for the distinctive, enduring ache that drives widespread Somali fascination with this era of music. She is the founder of dhageeyso, a digital archival project honouring Somali music history. Through this practice—and beyond—she is currently exploring the joys and limits of memory and nostalgia. She is the Publications Coordinator of Sydney Film Festival and was previously the 2020 Program Officer of The Writing Zone and junior editor of the Sydney Review of Books. She edited The Writing Zone’s inaugural publication, Sky Conversations, and co-edited the program’s first annual print anthology, The Wayward Sky.

Hajer is an Iraqi-Australian writer, actress and founder of the Iraqi Diaspora Creatives Network. From prose to essays to plays, Hajer’s work explores the experiences of womanhood, messy friendships and everyone’s favourite topic… dysfunctional families.

Her writing has been featured in Refinery29 Aus, Sydney Writers Festival, Emerging Writers

Festival and Queerstories. She was a writer and actress on ABC’s ‘Halal Gurls’. She also has a blog on Medium where she shares film/tv reviews and social commentary. She has been featured on panels for Boundless Festival, Mudgee Readers Festival and Microflix Film Festival.

Hajer is a member of the Finishing School Collective.

Gary Lonesborough is an award-winning Yuin writer, who grew up on the Far South Coast of NSW as part of a large and proud Aboriginal family. Gary has experience working in Aboriginal health, child protection, the disability sector (including experience working in the youth justice system) and the film industry, including working on the feature film adaptation of Jasper Jones.

His debut YA novel, THE BOY FROM THE MISH, was published by Allen & Unwin in February 2021, and published by Scholastic in the U.S as READY WHEN YOU ARE in March 2022. THE BOY FROM THE MISH has been shortlisted for numerous awards, winning the 2022 Booktopia FAB Award for Favourite Debut Book.

Kim Pham is a filmmaker, screenwriter and English tutor from Bankstown. For as long as she can remember, she has been fascinated by the art of filmmaking. It wasn’t until after she finished her Master of Research at the University of Western Sydney that she wrote her first screenplay, Where the Green Lime Grows. In her screenplays she aims to “enter the minds of the audience and direct their thoughts before their eyes”. She is currently working on her second screenplay, Bird Hands Beaver a Fishmint Bouquet and was the recipient of the WestWords Emerging Writers Fellowship in 2020. Kim has also written and directed two short films, one for Diversity Arts Australia for their I AM NOT A VIRUS campaign and the other for Bankstown Arts Centre in 2021 and 2022.

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Tuesday 21 June 2022 at 6:30pm


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