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Supported by a Banyule City Council Arts and Culture Project Grant and Community Bank East Ivanhoe
Each of our gifts was lovingly put together by our Mother Tongue Mama, Fleassy Malay.
Fleassy wanted everyone to leave our event feeling celebrated and knowing that they belong.
These gifts were made from reclaimed, recycled, and gifted items. From the dried rose petals and the candle wax (melted from rescued old candles), to old glasses and unused wedding favours. We would like to thank everyone who supported these gifts to be made, no matter what they contributed.
The gifts are varied so you can swap at you table for what ever is most suitable for you.
Bath Salt Tubes
Ingredients: Epsom Salt, Lisa’s Dried Rose Petals, Rose Otto Essential Oil
Fruit Tea Tubes
Ingredients: hibiscus, apple pieces, rosehip, orange peels, raspberry, strawberry.
Wax, Essential Oil (Lime, Lavendar, Francinsence)
Zoetic – Organic Tea Variety Pack
Varieties: English Breakfast, Chai, Earl Grey, Green Tea, Chamomile, Peppermint, and Lemmongrass and Ginger.
Ingredients: Black Tea, Green Tea, Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemmongrass,
Ginger, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Natural Bergamot Flavouring
A huge shout out to Ashish at Zoetics for the donnation of the tea boxes as gifts. Please check out Zoetic and SereniTEA.
Pilepileta weaves many roles and responsibilities in this lifetime. Midwife, Mother, Lover, Boss-Lady, Artist, Writer, Hot Air Balloon Pilot.
First and foremost, Pilepileta is 60,000 years of Dreaming – standing on the shoulders of her ancestors – the proud and fierce Wergaia and Wemba Wemba mobs. They are the Malleegunditj – the People of the Mallee and their Country is red sand, salt lakes, river, eucalyptus and sky.
Pilepiletas sharings are not just honest, raw and radical truth-telling but also a call to action. What touches you in their words, you must call yourself to action and no longer remain silent or fence sit around issues of racism. We are all in this together.
Emcee - CEO - Spoken Word
Two times TEDx speaker and viral poet, Fleassy Malay is an Internationally renowned, evocative and powerful spoken word artist, speaker and coach. A global advocate for Women’s and LGBTQI+ rights and a fierce voice for the power of authenticity and courage as a social change tool.
She is the founder of Melbourne’s acclaimed NFP organisation and Women’s Spoken Word event, Mother Tongue Poetry. A passionate, powerful, vulnerable and honest performer who’s words leave a profound impression.
As a self-identified queer, erotic, spiritual, mother she has a theatrical and yet deeply authentic performance and speaking style, renowned for captivating her audiences with depth, honesty, and humor.
Ebony MonCrief is an Alabama-born Melbourne-based performance artist, educator and creative producer. Ebony’s practice explores how identity fluctuates over time, in relation to place and through discourse using improvisational and butoh movement practices as well as creative writing as entry points. Her belief that self-knowing activates empathy which in return nurtures a desire to enact community change drives her to create spaces for others to connect, express and engage in critical self-inquiry.
Hi, my name is Sam.
I go by the pronouns you/your. Or just call me Sam when referring to me.
Born in the early 80s, I have mousey brown hair and fair skin. I’m an AAC and power wheelchair user.
I am a visual artist, writer and performer.
I’m interested in what can be done with one’s identity and the space around it. Both my body and mind, touching everyday feelings between the rational, the playful and the political.
Of course, this is often to do with my disability and my sexuality. My work has been focused on access, and the lack of it — to places, people’s minds and opportunities.
I am a third generation white settler, of German and British descent. I live and work by the Birrarung, on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung people of the Kulin nation. I pay my respects to Elders both past, present and to the future. Land that was, and still is being stolen.
My access needs are time to communicate, zoom when appropriate and power wheelchair access when not. These needs may cost more, but it’s my life.
Georgia Fields combines the astral with the ordinary, earning her a reputation as one of our brightest singer-songwriters. A widescreen vision of melodic, artful pop, her third album “Hiraeth” was released in November 2022. Georgia’s magnetic solo show sees the sonic shapeshifter move deftly from electric guitar to mini-synth and textural live looping, “painting entire worlds with her tunes” (Frankie Magazine).
Nikki Viveca is a multidisciplinary artist whose work encompasses poetry, standup, improv and theatre. She has performed in numerous improv shows (The Improv Conspiracy, Soothplayers, Completely Improvised Potter), written and performed three solo comedy shows (Asexual Healing, The Lazy Show, Wasp Movie) and is a co-producer of aspec variety show ACEtravaganza. She has also appeared in Melbourne Theatre Company’s Cybec readings and in cabaret spectacular Gender Euphoria. Nikki is a past winner of the Midsumma Poetry Slam and was runner up for the 2019 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize.
Rising Voice - Spoken Word
Alisha Sazdova, a 20 year-old woman living in Naarm, Victoria, has a passion for writing and a lust for life. She’s been writing poetry ever since she knew how to hold a pencil, conjuring words of empowerment and motivation. In 2020, she self-published her first collection ‘through poetic eyes’ with the help of the Whittlesea council. Alisha’s work ranges from writings of her struggles, feminism, to the experience of being in love, and touches on many more themes in addition. Her only aim is to make the reader feel less alone, to hold their hand and provoke the feeling of being understood. With her own battles with mental health, and the growth that comes with healing, Alisha tries to ensure that her writing leaves her reader with the sensation that everything will be okay. She knows the pain of being human, and strives to make those who are at war with themselves feel at ease.
Our Sponsors and Partners
We would like to thank everyone who was involved in making this event happen. From local community members who donated time, energy, or items, to local businesses who put up posters, and contributed to the gifts and prizes.
We would like to especially acknowledge the Banyule City Council Arts and Culture team, Community Bank East Ivanhoe, and Women With Disabilities Victoria.
Without your support this event could not happen the way it has.
Our Raffle Donations
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our raffle.
The funds will be split 50/50 between Mother Tongue Poetry and Djirra Vic
If you would like to know more about our raffle donors please see the links below:
Queen Vic Women’s Centre Shop
CENTRE OF HEALTH Physiotherapy & Chinese Medicine
Professional Migrant Women
No1 Blooms Rosanna
KaHuna Therapy with Megan Bell
Carmen Get It
Tiere and co
and some private donations from community members