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curious about culture festival
Kitiya Palaskas

curious about culture festival

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Stalls, workshops, art and goodies from businesses run by women of colour.

Melbourne, you’re due to meet some awesome ladies at this new one-day festival. Run by social enterprise The Creative Co-Operative, the Curious About Culture Festival will showcase over 40 small businesses owned by women of colour, with heaps of market stalls, performances and workshops to check out.

Priyanka Ashraf, a lawyer turned entrepreneur and founder of The Creative Co-Operative, kick-started the festival to support self-employment within diverse communities. For migrant women of colour who struggle to gain traditional employment, or lost their job during COVID-19, starting a small business is super-important. “Yet one of the barriers is the inaccessible cost of participating in markets or festivals of this scale,” Priyanka says. “We want to lift these access barriers so that migrant women of colour can reach the starting line and flourish.”

The Curious About Culture line-up features craft workshops with Kitiya Palaskas, yoga and meditation sessions, as well live art, a fashion photo shoot and henna and threading. It’s all happening on Sunday March 21, with early bird tickets going for $11.64 (keep in mind that combined festival entry and a spot at Kit’s workshop is $38). For the full program, plus info on stallholders, head here.