Sanaa is a not-for-profit multidisciplinary cultural Arts collective based in Adelaide, facilitating and celebrating the power of art and its capacity to bridge cultural gaps. Sanaa hosts a range of Art programs within community, including street art, music, performance, workshops, story-telling, festivals, exhibitions and fashion shows. We focus our creative efforts on artists from countries that have faced instability, particularly politically unrest situations, where they have used art as a form of survival and expression. We also provide visibility to artists from migrant backgrounds, delivering an insight of diverse cultural expression to the Australian community.
Initiated by Australian Victoria Lewis, Sanaa was inspired by a journey to East Africa in 2015 to film a short documentary exploring the positive power of art in the community. Travelling to the informal settlements of Nairobi – Kenya, and then onto Moshi and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Victoria met with a multitude of artists who were using art to create positive change in their own communities. From political street artists, to fashion designers, ballet dancers and visual arts, art made a hugely positive impact on many of the young people that were met. From this, Sanaa was created to bring the artists and their powerful works over to Australia to introduce our communities to other cultures, experiences and connections through celebration and education.
Since 2015, Sanaa has expanded to incorporate a multitude of artists from various cultures, including artists from Columbia, Peru, Brazil, Iran and Africa within their festival and programs. Sanaa also facilitates regional learning opportunities, particularly for Aboriginal students with Aboriginal artists, in areas such as Port Augusta and Whyalla.
Encouraging greater social cohesion through creative expression, Sanaa’s ability to bridge cultural gaps within Australia by delivering first hand experiences from migrant and ATSI artists to the community is a cause worth celebrating.