Welcome to My Sisters' Kitchen

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Welcome to the website of My Sisters' Kitchen, a Darwin Community Arts project.
My Sisters' Kitchen is a fantastic and fun program of arts and cooking with women and children from all over the globe.
We meet every Monday in Chambers crescent Theatre in Malak Shopping Centre from 4.30pm - 6.30pm.

History of My Sisters' Kitchen by Bong Ramilo

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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.

Community Dinners

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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.

Interview with Sandar Tun on ABC radio

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)

Harmony Day Community Dinner

Community Dinner was jam packed with amazing performers, delicious food and a whole community of smiling faces. We estimate around 300 people attended Malak Community Dinner this week. What a fantastic celebration of Harmony Day and the coming together of community members of all backgrounds. A huge thank you to all the performers, volunteer chefs and helpers throughout the day. These events would not be possible without the time and energy generously donated each month by our friends and neighbours.

17 and 24 March

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Another fanastic two sessions of sewing were had. A huge thank you to Dixi for her amazing patience and creativity in facilitating these sessions with us!The group have come so far in so few weeks. Most people are working on cutting their own patterns for dresses and skirts. Still more bags and children clothes are being made each week. Looks like we might be starting up our own little social enterprise soon!

10 March

A huge thank you to Carolina today for introducing the women to the 'Culture Cafe' project here at DCA. Culture Cafe is a beautifully painted caravan converted into a mobile kitchen.

3 March

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Another fantastic session of sewing today. Everyone is really getting the hang of it. There's some lovely bright orange kids' shirts being made and a few floral dresses and bags. Stay tuned for more..

February Community Dinner

February's Community Dinner was huge! So many new, smiling faces were there. A big thank you to all our entertainers: One Mob-different country dancers, Xango Capoeira, Duke with the Uke, John Hakin, Bong Ramilo and Ali Mills and Bec Bryen. Thanks to the wonderful chefs and volunteers for the delicious dinner. And finally thanks to the Community- these events couldn't happen without you!

February 17

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We're so very grateful to the women from the Growing and Understanding Local Produce (GULP) project for facilitating such fantastic sessions with us. When we put all our creative minds together we can create some truly delicious dishes using locally grown produce. Today we had okra and eggplant, curried cassava leaf, stir fried greens, fried taro and the ubiquitous Dhal! Thanks to all the wonderful chefs for tonight's huge feast!

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Acknowledgment

My Sisters' Kitchen is a project of Darwin Community Arts.

My Sisters' Kitchen is made possible by the financial support of the Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Citizenship under the Settlement Grants Program.

Many thanks to those who have supported the program over the years. Special thanks to the Sidney Myer Foundation for their generous contribution towards this project in 2010 and to the Australian Government Diverse Australia Program for their support during 2009. 

Disclaimer

The contents, information, advice and opinions expressed on this web site are not necessarily those of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Melaleuca Refugee Centre, and Darwin Community Arts.

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