The Middle Eastern Communities Council of South Australia (MECCSA) and the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC) presented ‘Rumi In Our Own Voices’ at Her Majesty’s Theatre.
The unique project linked stories of people, cultures and ideas from the Middle East through poetry, music, dance and storytelling to an audience of 1,000 people. AMRC Senior Case Coordinator, Yazdan Jawshani, explained that: “The evening was in celebration of the 13th century poet Rumi, who travelled across the Middle East areas of Bagdad, Damascus, Aleppo and Mecca, before ending in Konya, Turkey. Performers were able to resonate with Rumi, as they left their homelands to establish a better life and vibrant community in Adelaide.”
The widely recognised work of the poet was recited during the concert, with the program also comprising of dance presentations by the Kurdish Dance Group, Hazara Girls Group and a traditional Armenian bridal dance. All participants joined on stage to close proceedings with the well-renowned ‘Ya Mustafa’ song of Middle Eastern origin. Settlement Director of MECCSA, Mr Hussain Razaiat, shared that: “The concert was well-received and encompassed a perfect balance of poetry, dance, songs and personal account storytelling.”
The project will also entail a photographic exhibition and book highlighting the stories of migration, settlement and achievements of South Australian refugees from various Middle Eastern backgrounds, ages, genders and occupations.