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Small Miracles Film Workshops

October 2012


Here is a sneak peak of our current film makers working on the Cherish project.
More details coming soon.

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NDIS Petition

On the 4th of August, 2012 Crossroad Arts held a petition at the Parish Hall in support of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. It was a fantastic day and we received over 160 signatures from the community. It is great to see so much support for the disability community of Mackay.



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Indian Lunch at OZCARE



Crossroad Arts is working on a new “Indian project” here in Mackay. This project stemmed from the work that Steve Mayer-Miller, Artistic Director of Crossroad Arts is doing in Ahmedabad in India.


Earlier this year Steve was granted funding through Asia Link Residency, to work as an artist in residence at Darpana Academy Of Performing Arts, Ahmedabad. The residency which goes on for 4months, starting in September this year has had Steve working closely with the artists and dancers at Darpana on a major festival commemorating the 150th Birth Anniversary of one of India’s greatest, poet, philosopher, artist and educator, Rabindranath Tagore.Steve is co-writing and co-directing "TAGORENAMA" with Indian director, dancer and choreographer Dr. MAllika Sarabhai.


Crossroad Arts decided to run a parallel program here in Mackay to celebrate the great artist. We also found this to be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Indian culture, art, music and cuisine. As a part of the Tagore Project, a number of workshops are being held at Crossroad Arts as well as with our diverse partners.


On the 7th of October 2011, Crossroad Arts conducted an in-kind workshop for the clients and staff of one of our partners, OzCare-Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre, Mackay. This workshop included an information session on Indian culture, traditions, dressing and culminated with the preparation of a grand Indian meal.


Classical Indian music was played in the background while Shireen Hussain, workshop facilitator conducted the workshop, which included informing the clients about the different spices that were being used and also handing out tips as to how many of the commonly found ingredients in the kitchen can be used as home remedies to cure many common ailments.


After the meals were ready, all the clients and staff from OzCare as well as Crossroad Arts dressed up in traditional Indian attire to sit down and enjoy the grand feast. Some of the dishes served included the famous Butter chicken, Aloo Gobhi, Peas Pulav, Mango lassi and was followed by the humble dal fry.


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Written by Crossroad Arts on Sunday, 30 October 2011 22:08   

Crossroad Art's Small Miracles Program focuses on developing opportunities in the arts for people with disabilities and disadvantage. The program is a partnership with Education Queensland, BlueCare Respite Centre, Mackay Autism Support and OzCare.

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Written by Crossroad Arts on Sunday, 30 October 2011 10:00   

Indian Artist Dipanwita Das from Crossroad Arts teaches
participants from Blue Care Respite Centre in Mackay Queensland a dance and song of love by Rabindranath Tagore. The workshop is part of a series of dance, visual art, theatre and music sessions with the people of Mackay as a lead up to a cross cultural production at Bluecare and Artspace in November 2011.