Welcome to the web site of My Sisters' Kitchen, a Darwin Community Arts project.
My Sisters' Kitchen is a fantastic and fun program of storytelling and food with women from all over the globe.
We meet every Monday in Chambers crescent Theatre in Malak Shopping Centre from 4.30pm - 6.30pm.
Come along to share stories about food from your culture, plus enjoy a delicious meal. No need to bring anything other than a sense of humour and a desire to make new friends.
In January 2008, Josie Mesiku and I agreed to pursue the setting up of "The African Kitchen", a mobile catering business and cafe that would operate out of the former Pizza Parlor at Malak Shopping Centre. Josie was a Community Arts Organiser for Darwin Community Arts and an African community leader. Josie had been working with a group of African women on the project since 2007; she was happy to work with DCA jointly to progress the project. Josie and I inspected the shop and had initial discussions with Henry Yap, the Shopping Centre owner, who was supportive of the project.
Malak is located in the northern suburbs of Darwin in the Northern Territory. Recently arrived migrants and economically disadvantaged people often settle in this suburb and in the past racial tensions have caused conflict between African and Indigenous people resulting in crime and vandalism. Malak, however, has another face. One that other suburbs in the Top End only envy – Malak Community Dinners. Every last Monday of each month, 200 hundred people gather in a local theatre to celebrate cultural diversity, artistic creativity and community.
Sandar Tun, DCA's dedicated volunteer & community arts organiser, speaks about My Sisters' Kitchen and Burmese cuisine in the interview on ABC radio 105.7FM. Check out the attached audio file.
7:23 minutes (6.75 MB)
A fantastic Community Dinner was had this month- sadly the last for the year! Over 150 people joined in the festivities and generously donated to the Philippines Disaster relief effort. $870 dollars was raised by Operation DYFDR (Darwin Youth for Filipino Disaster Relief), the dedicated group of young people who have come together to raise funds in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. A huge thank you to everyone who attended and donated, thanks to the chefs, the musicians, and of course our favourite MC's from Multicultural Youth NT- Alpha and Kevin.
Another exciting evening of painting, doll making and now scenery making for the Malak Community Gardern diarama. This was the final week for the artwork and it looks fantastic! It was such a great project to engage the children and parents on the same activity. The MSK group is growing rapidly with 20 adults and around 30 participating last night. A huge thank you to Yaqub, Sandar, Kamali and Razia for the fantastic noodle dish!
The women and children continued constructing their artistic masterpiece this week. With a great smattering of paint and some direction from the wonderful Amina, a fantastic backdrop of our Malak centre was constructed. A big thanks to the wonderful folk who cooked the delicious meal!
An exciting new project was started today- an entry for the 'Rights on Show' Human Rights Art Exhibition. Our friends at MSK were very enthusiastic about the idea of creating a mini model of the Malak Community Garden with all of us working in it. The kids were put to work making paddle pop stick planter boxes and adults made dolls of themselves. The laughter and joy that rang through the theatre as the women topped their dolls' heads with feather boa hair and dressed them in lurid coloured and sequened attire, was truly heartwarming. What a wonderful community to be a part of!
Another amazing Community Dinner! About 170 of the wonderful people in our community turned up to chat, dance, sing, feast and laugh at the October Malak Community Dinner. Fanastic cooking by MSK as usual. Everyone left with a full belly and some lucky people even left with a takeaway container of deliciousness.
Today we revisited our fridge planter boxes in the Malak Underground- with a few more licks of paint they'll be ready to place in the Community Garden! So many budding artists among the MSK folks were very grateful to Paul for his patience and artistic direction. Also of great help is our new friend Jessica, a young woman carrying out her Duke of Edinburgh Awards, enagaging with the children in fanastic arts activities. Unfortunately we won't be finished in time for the Fridge Festival, but we do look forward to seeing our masterpieces out there in the garden.