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)
Another fantastic evening of MSK. Nora, Kamali and Than Than all made new outfits on the sewing machines. Mosaicing was also on offer today. Such wonderful things being created down in the arts shed. We're not looking forward to the wet season coming and washing us away!
Delicious banana muffins and vegetarian pizzas were baked today in our lovely pizza oven. The re-arrangement of the Undergound Art Shed is looking absolutely fabulous thanks to Shed volunteers Jeanice and Linda. Thanks ladies- the space is much more open, welcoming and functional!
Some beautiful longyi (Burmese cylindrical sarong type skirt worn by males and female) have been made over the past weeks. We are very grateful for the all beautiful materials which have been donated to the program by generous individuals. We're also working on sewing some bunting (flags) from hessian for Darwin City Council.
August is seniors' month and here at our Malak Community Dinner we are 'Celebrating Seniors'. The wonderful dinner was held outside in the Malak Shopping Centre carpark and attracted a crowd 350 strong. People of all ages and backgrounds shared in a delicious meal and were entertained by dance groups the Groovy Grans, the Darwin Line Dancers and the Cloggers, the Still Belting Out Choir and beautiful poetry written by local larrakia elder Kathy Mills. Thank you to all the performance groups, cooks and wonderful staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the event happen.
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...