Sanaa is a multidisciplinary cultural Arts collective based in Adelaide. A not-for-profit, we host a range of art programs within the community including street art, music, performance, workshops, story-telling, festivals, exhibitions and fashion shows. Working with a diverse range of artists from across Australia and internationally, Sanaa promotes art as a tool for social change.
From Africa to Latin America, Iran and onto Australia, Sanaa artists cultivate values of curiosity, empathy, respect and responsibility. From humble grass-root beginnings we have grown, and now reach audiences in excess of 5000 annually through our different events and initiatives.
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. Sanaa is now delivered by a passionate group of creatives from the South Australian community.
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.