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Andy Butler 

Writer + Curator + Artist

November 2019

Perai Gatherings



Sangam: Performing Arts Festival of South Asia & Diaspora presents "PERAI GATHERINGS"; a day of discussion through panels, workshops and films to further dialogue and enable conversations to engage with some of the ideas of the festival.

Lead South Asian writer, Manisha Anjali and writer and curator Andy Butler, converse with guests including Dramaturg Ching Ching Ho, dancers Priyadarshini Govind and Masoom Parmar and visual artist/dancer Devika Bilimoria and other festival artists in a panel discussion “Politics and Aesthetics of Taste”.

PERAI also offers a workshop for POC artists on funding, career pathways and grant writing led by Abbotsford Convent CEO, Collete Brennan.

Admission to any events/panels also includes free screenings of 3 short films
1 “Kwality Chai” a parodic film by Sapna Chandu
2 Nithya Iyer’s short experimental video work “Liminal Mudras: The Un-appropriated Hand,”
3 “Voices”, a community film spanning 4 generations of artists in Melbourne discussing the state of South Asian arts.

- with quality Indian food and drinks (chai and chat) available for purchase throughout the day

1200-13.30 Workshop: Funding/Career pathways
1700-1830 Panel: Politics and Aesthetics of Taste

1100-1900 “Kwality Chai”, "Liminal Mudras: The Un-appropriated Hand” and “Voices”
Starting at 11.00, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00, 17.00, 18.00

Image credit still - “liminal mudra” by Nithya Iyer


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