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Priyanka – Kohpi & Co

When I heard about Priyanka’s idea of creating a space where people could come to learn a new skill, connect with others and stretch their creativity, I was immediately in support of it. Learning from community has always been part of human behaviour, and it seems so strange that this is no longer the way we are discovering new skills. Kohpi & Co are bringing collaborative, community-based workshops to Western Sydney, creating a space where we can express the creative part of us that we ALL have. Priyanka and I had a great conversation about what taking and idea to an actual project and what creativity means to us, read on friends. 

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Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood

I just spent the afternoon in a refugee camp.

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Toufick Chami – Meraki Merchants

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Meraki Merchants cafe has quickly become a favourite of The Westies, serving up Parramatta’s best coffee – yep, we called it-  and good quality simple food that never disappoints. Owner, cook and barista Toufick Chami is constantly experimenting and developing new additions to the menu, proving space is not something you need to make a delicious meal. In this small cafe a strong sense of wonder, a cup of ambition and a serving of friendly hospitality are the ingredients that make for a great cafe experience – that and the cakes (home baked by Toufick’s mum – YUM!)  Continue Reading

Amalina Aman

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Amalina Aman knows a thing or two about challenges. Having been told from a young age by the community around her that fashion design wasn’t an appropriate career choice for an Australian Muslim woman, Amalina set out to prove them wrong by releasing her line of modest fashion that has now been seen on catwalks around the world. The Westies sat down for a chat about the journey so far and how Lakemba will always have a huge influence her designs. 
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Bee Cruse – National Theatre of Parramatta

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Energetic, passionate, open and wise beyond her 22 years Bee Cruse makes an impact from the moment you meet her. With a passion to leave the world better then when she found it she is on a mission to share her stories and those of her people, which as an indigenous young woman is no easy task.

Bee is a participant on National Theatre of Parramatta’s (NTofP) Creative Futures program. The program has given her the opportunity to assist director Vicki Van Hout on the production of Stolen, a play written by Jane Harrison twenty years ago about the stolen generation, a subject that is very close to home for Bee. We sat down for a chat and though tears and laughter from us both she spoke to me about her anger about not knowing her culture because it was taken from her, the power of theatre and how listening is the most important thing that anyone of us can do. Continue Reading