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.
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)
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.
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!
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.
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'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!
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!