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)
Everyone is working on their own sewing projects at the moment- bags, pillowcases, shirts, singlets, skirts, scarfs, children's clothes and even a ball gown! A big thank you to Sandar for the delicious dinner.
So many bright new faces today keen to be involved in sewing! The group has come such a long way in sewing. Now we're making dresses, shirts and bags. Soon we will need to start a sewing social enterprise project...
It was 'My Brothers' Kitchen' cooking up a storm today for Community Dinner. 8 fantastic young men helped to cook up a feast for this month. It was a relatively small community dinner with only about 100 people in attendance. The performances however were fantastic! The night began with a really informative play put on by the CemeNTmix youth theatre group. The play, supported by the NT Aids and Hepatitis Council, aimed to educate audiences about the 'get tested' message and debunk some stereotypes about Hepatitis.
Tonight we played MasterChef with surprise ingredients. We layed out everything on the floor, chopped it all up and made improvised dishes. Some really delicious dishes were made- sweet potato chips, a cauliflower and onion stir fry, mashed potato with spices and a bizzare sweet and savoury salad. Yum yum!
Just a small little group of MSK folk today. Some of us finished our 'Yarn Hearts', but most of us just sat around having a yarn (chat). We're looking forward to displaying our beautiful hearts we are making at the Bagot Festival on August 16 and 17.
Today we celebrating Aboriginal and Islander culture in the NAIDOC celebrations held at the Malak Park. There were wonderful performances, a jumping castle for the kids, a BBQ and a Basketball game. A huge thank you to Danila Dilba for inviting us to share in the celebrations. We sat under a big tree, met new people and stitched our Yarn Hearts.