11 Sep, 2013 Last updated: 08 Nov, 2018

Meet+Eat, by award-winning organisation CuriousWorks, is set to celebrate the extraordinary and culturally rich lives of Hume residents, with an exhibition of beautifully crafted, intimate films made with the Hume community.

Meet+Eat, by award-winning organisation CuriousWorks, is set to celebrate the extraordinary and culturally rich lives of Hume residents, with an exhibition of beautifully crafted, intimate films made with the Hume community.

With support from VicHealth's Arts About Us program, the exhibition opens this Saturday 13 September 2013 at the Craigieburn Gallery, and runs until 13 October.

The project has been set up to document intercultural stories from Hume to encourage a deep and personal conversation about diversity in our communities. Each episode uses the act of sharing a meal as a way of getting people from different walks of life to sit down and have a yarn.

CuriousWorks Creative Producer for the project (Vic), Emma Macey-Storch explains: "My hope is that the community will find these films very inspirational. Not only do the films give us a deeper understanding of the human experience and what culture really means to every day people but also a quite surprising insight into what happens behind closed doors in the local neighborhood. These films are testimony to the fact that we can learn so much from each other’s stories.

"Our objective through Meet+Eat is to also train a handful of local people who have a passion and vision for making films with their community, so they can continue to give voice to every corner of their neighborhood for many years to come. We have been very fortunate to find some amazing ‘cultural leaders’ who are now working on the project with us."

Abdi Aden, of Craigieburn, was one of the cultural leaders involved in this year’s production. He says: “I love to learn. I feel so lucky to have this opportunity. I love film. As a refugee myself I think these stories are very important. We want to make small changes by encouraging people to think about their neighbour more positively”

Art is a powerful conduit for social change and has widely documented health and wellbeing benefits, added VicHealth’s CEO, Jerril Rechter: “Around 40 per cent of Victorians are born overseas or have a parent born overseas. VicHealth’s research shows people from migrant and refugee backgrounds experience unacceptably high levels of discrimination, in turn affecting their health and wellbeing. Art is a great way to strengthen cultural understanding and build new friendships. These heart-warming documentaries tell fascinating stories that celebrate the differences of Hume locals and underline the value of cultural diversity.”

Each film is set to exquisitely composed music by local musician/composer David Osborne who has undertaken some stunning collaborations with Hume residents including Iraqi pop star Yousif Aziz, local resident and keen singer Maria Tuua White and Gladstone Park and Meadows Primary school choirs. The films visit issues of immigration, displacement, identity, inter-cultural exchange, personal history, undiscovered talent, dance, youth culture, traditional singing, cooking, eating, cultural diversity, neighborhood stories and new friendship.

An exhibition of films will be on show:

13th Sept – 13th Oct
Craigieburn Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre
75-95 Central Park Ave, Craigieburn, Victoria

For more information visit:http://www.curiousworks.com.au/projects/past-projects/meeteat/

General enquiries: [email protected]

Meet+Eat is an initiative of CuriousWorks, with the generous support of VicHealth, Scanlon Foundation and Hume City Council’s Community Grants Program. This event is part of 2013 Hume Festival of Music.