Sanaa festival DJ set and performer creative arts music
Sanaa festival singing arts
Sanaa arts street artist with artwork, Percy Court, Adelaide

A better world through creativity

As a not-for-profit organisation, Sanaa Ink through Sanaa: A better world through creativity, promote the power of art and creativity and its capacity to bridge cultural gaps. Using street art, music, performance, workshops, visual art and story-telling, we harness the talents of Australian and international artists as cultural advocates, who encourage greater social cohesion through creative expression.

Working with grassroots artists from Africa and Latin America, we bring them to Australia, creating a collaborative multi-art festival platform, where they have the opportunity to collaborate with Australian artists. Since its inception in 2017, the multi-arts festival platform has reached in excess 20,000 people through its various events and initiatives.

Founded by Australian Victoria Lewis, who travelled to East Africa to film a short documentary on the positive power of art back in 2015, the platform has grown into an award-winning community arts project. “SANAA” in Swahili means”art” or “work of beauty”. Any profits derived from the project, go towards supporting grassroots arts initiatives in Australia or Africa.

Awards

In March 2019, South Australians who have made an outstanding contribution to multiculturalism were toasted at a gala ceremony at Government House. Sanaa was among the winners and were recognised for their contribution to raising awareness around the benefits of cultural diversity to society, and our way of life. What the judges said, newcomers who burst into view as a vibrant, engaging and inclusive celebration of diversity.

In March 2017, Sanaa Street Festival was awarded Most Outstanding Event for Adelaide Fringe 2017, and achievement which set the standard in the years following.

Sanaa Founder Victoria Lewis, alongside Gabriel Akon – aka DyspOra, also involved in the Sanaa platform and was awarded the Youth Award for his ongoing work in the community

Sanaa Founder Victoria Lewis, alongside Gabriel Akon – aka DyspOra, also involved in the Sanaa platform and was awarded the Youth Award for his ongoing work in the community

Sanaa team celebrate their win and the Adelaide Fringe Awards in 2017.

Sanaa team celebrate their win and the Adelaide Fringe Awards in 2017.

Sanaa 2019 Highlights

We captured the highlights of Sanaa 2019 in a short video, enjoy it below!


Sanaa 2019 Highlights Video

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors. Without their support, this would not be possible.

SANAA Sponsors: City of Adelaide, SACare, Hawke Centre, UniSA, Apra Amcos, ArtsSA, Lipman Karas

Other Support : Department of Premier and Cabinet I Carclew.

Our Team

The Sanaa festival platform is led by its Founder Victoria Lewis, and a small group of volunteers. Recognition goes to the Sanaa team on the ground in Adelaide; Sofian Saidi, Maria Bubeshi, Awa Chibikwa, Stephen Tongun, Isaac Waynoike, Gabriel Akon (DyspOra) and Stanje Mgenge – plus a host of others who contribute along the way!

The Sanaa artist team is always the driving force behind the success of the platform, and without the exceptional artist team each year (Australian and International), Sanaa would not be what it is today.