I worked for CAN as a Project Manager for 10 years, and I had the honour of contributing to its women’s and youth creative development programmes.
Souk Kitchen was the project that had the biggest impact on me. It was an exciting and memorable live theatre performance that brought together over 60 refugee, asylum seekers and local women. Souk Kitchen was developed through outreach workshops and supported by a talented team of artists. Eight women’s groups shared stories and experiences from their cultures through music, dance, singing, food, fashion, digital media textiles and visual art. The project revealed hidden stories of refugees and asylum seekers, it opened up avenues for new connections, built friendships and grew support networks.
The growth of CAN’S Exodus programme left a lasting impression on me and all those who were part of it over the years. Working for CAN instilled continuing confidence in me and showed me endless possibilities in artistic and community collaborations and raising awareness of global experiences.