As the year turns over, we would like to acknowledge the young people and communities who have engaged with projects and have continued to stay engaged …..the work of the artists who have been so generous ….our funders and supporters who make our work possible …..the organisations and service providers, TAFE’s and government agencies who through collaborative partnerships have recognised the value of Slippry Sirkus’s projects, and the outcomes that they provide and who are now incorporating Arts programs into their work.
In NSW, on the Mid North Coast, the CrossCurrents, Ripples, Healthier Communities and Touching Base Projects worked alongside many organisations eg, Thunghutti Aboriginal Land Council, Kempsey Elders Council, the Bellbrook Community, Many Rivers Family Violence Prevention, New Horizons Disability programs, Kempsey PCYC, local Councils, Outreach TAFE, Dept of Education, Miimi Aboriginal Mothers, Aboriginal Health, NSW Area Health, Nambucca Valley Youth Services, Nambucca Valley Community Social Council. Programs on Music, Dance, Digital Story Telling & Circus saw young people given access and opportunities to engage and be part of the community.
In Newcastle, a continuing weekly music program with Sudanese refugees promotes the arts, literacy and social inclusion
In the Nambucca Valley, the ‘Looking Back to the Future’ intergenerational digital story telling project with a focus on the elderly and their stories from across all the community and inclusive of those experiencing early onset dementia continues and the ‘Flow’ digital stories project in the Macleay Valley commences to produce digital stories with the communities
In Moree, the Art & environment project ‘No Walls’ in a partnership with Moree District Health Services , Moree TAFE Aboriginal Arts students and local Gamilaroi artists produced handmade tiled mosaic benches and murals for Hospital grounds to develop stronger connections between the Health services and the community while improving the environment for staff and patients alike.
2010… also saw the beginnings of our outreach project into Cambodia with a three week visit in August to meet with several Cambodian Arts organisation and participate in the Cambodian Living Arts Youth Festival and Conference, We will work alongside these organisations and work with and support Srey Thy from the Cambodian Space Project whose communityPrey Ngeat in Prey Veng Province (also known as the land of the sparrows) in the north west of Cambodia on the Vietname border, \experienced the full force of the Vietnam War and then the regime of Pol Pot. The result being a traumatised people and community who are still reeling from the impact and now struggle with the effects of alcohol misuse, family violence and shattered families physically and emotionally. Slippry Sirkus will work with this community to explore and express these experiences through digital story telling, music, dance, circus and theatre alongside Srey Thy and Cambodia artists and community workers and to look at how through understanding and confronting the past through arts and culture, a better future can be developed
Across Jan 2011, we are aiding and abetting the Cambodian Space Project to tour Australia and share the music and culture of Cambodia while working towards a culture exchange between Cambodian Artists and the Artists of Central Arnhem.
Slippry Sirkus has also been invited by META House and the Goethe Institute in Phnom Penh and in 2011 will mount an exhibition - our theme ‘The Human Condition – Adversity & Resilience'
Just a few days until I go to Australia...so excited about this...then go to USA for a tour with Cambodian Space Project...if you live in these countries please come and see our show xx
Chanky Kak (Srey Thy)