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An Evening of Power: Poetry and Plestia

Muslim Agenda

Presented by Arts House 

Friday 9 August 2024 
6pm 

180 minutes (including a 20-minute interval) 

Tickets 
Standard $35 
Reduced $20 
BLAKTIX $10 
A small transaction fee will be charged per order. 

Warnings 
This event contains themes of violence and self-harm, and low stage lighting. 

This is an alcohol-free event. 

Interpreted by Auslan Stage Left  

Relaxed space 
Audience members are welcome to come and go as they please, be themselves, make noise, stim, and respond to the work for the duration.  
 
An Access Guide will be available prior to the event. 

Wheelchair Accessible
Quiet Space Available
Assistance Animal
Companion Card
Auslan Interpreting
Visual Rating 50%
Aural Rating 75%

A bold, invigorating and inspiring evening presented by Muslim Agenda, Australia’s first Muslim women’s festival.    

Muslim Agenda was established in Sydney in 2022 as Australia’s first Muslim Women’s Festival. In 2024, the Muslim-led collective is back but the agenda is the same: empowerment, enrichment and elevation.   

Hosted by founder and co-director Sara Mansour, this exhilarating event will put this agenda at the forefront, featuring Plestia Alaqad in conversation with Nour Haydar, followed by a live Q&A session, alongside moving spoken word poetry performances and a short film screening. There will also be a silent auction to support the Muslim Agenda Festival, to be held in Naarm in November 2024. 

Presented in partnership with Immigration Museum. 

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Artist statement

Islamophobia is on the rise in Australia. Since 7 Oct 2023, the Islamophobia Register has recorded a 1300% increase in Islamophobic incidents.

Further, latest findings from the Islamophobia in Australia report show that that Islamophobic incidents increased four-fold in Australia since the Christchurch terror attacks in March 2019. The reporting also highlights the gendered nature of Islamophobia – with over 80% of victims being women and 85% of them being veiled.

This data shows that Muslim women, especially veiled Muslim women, are amongst the most vulnerable members of society and in need of the most support. The festival seeks to address these issues through the programming of the 2024 festival. It will empower Muslim women by providing them with access to learn from highly successful Muslim women, allowing attendees to build networks, draw connections and foster collaborations beyond the events, ultimately leading to collective empowerment and a stronger sense of identity. Now, more than ever, Muslim women need a self-determined space to heal, communicate and thrive. This festival will facilitate connectedness and growth for the diverse needs of the female Muslim community through panel discussions, creative and leadership workshops and generative spaces.
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Artistic credits

Co-Director: Sara Mansour
Co-Director: Aishah Ali

Details

Presented by Arts House 

Friday 9 August 2024 
6pm 

180 minutes (including a 20-minute interval) 

Tickets 
Standard $35 
Reduced $20 
BLAKTIX $10 
A small transaction fee will be charged per order. 

Warnings 
This event contains themes of violence and self-harm, and low stage lighting. 

This is an alcohol-free event. 

Interpreted by Auslan Stage Left  

Relaxed space 
Audience members are welcome to come and go as they please, be themselves, make noise, stim, and respond to the work for the duration.  
 
An Access Guide will be available prior to the event. 

Wheelchair Accessible
Quiet Space Available
Assistance Animal
Companion Card
Auslan Interpreting
Visual Rating 50%
Aural Rating 75%

Proudly supported by Arts House, with Ausrelief as the charity partner of Muslim Agenda. 

Image credit: Z by Zahrah