Art under Covid Skies, Youth Panel Discussion.

“Art Under Covid Skies” A youth panel discussion about art and the Coronavirus lockdown hosted by Kuranda Seyit. View the discussion with four young amazing artists from different walks of life. Available to view on the Humans in Geelong Online Expo 2020 playlist on our YouTube. Sunday Oct 11th.

They link the importance of their art to helping with a positive Mental Health outlook and talk about how their art has helped them get through these challenging times. Be entertained by this thought-provoking youth panel – a comedian, spoken word artist, playwright and Children’s Book Author.

Ozge Alkan

Özge Alkan was born in Turkey, grew up in America and lives in Australia. She holds an honours degree in Journalism and a Master’s degree in Information Studies. She worked as the Head Librarian at Ilim College and Community Development Librarian for Boroondara Library Service. She is the co-author of children’s book Hijabi Girl.

Özge is working on the sequels for Hijabi Girl in between running after her two young children and volunteering for the community organisation Big Group Hug. Find her on Twitter @OzgeSevindik

Zaynab Farah unable to attend, replaced with: Hesh the Rapper

Hesh is an acclaimed hip hop artist from the Melbourne based hip hop group called the Brothahood, a conscious hip hop group which promote positivity and meaningful messages through their music for young people. Hesh is now bringing that vibe and more to a younger group of children through his alter-ego Hibble Hop.  Hesh is also a qualified school teacher, counsellor and personal trainer.

Aseel Tayah
As a Palestinian artist/activist, Aseel has been instrumental in using her cultural practice to shed light on the experiences of those living in war-torn countries and conditions. Aseel is a talented art maker, drawing diverse participants into her orbit through the courage of her convictions and the power of her stories.  She has created numerous new works such as Bukjeh and Lullabies Under the Stars, inviting communities into the experience of asylum seekers and refugees, through deeply personal and transformational multiart engagements. 

Sami Shah 

Sami Shah is a multi-talented writer, comedian, performer and broadcaster.

He co-hosted the ABC Radio Melbourne Breakfast program with Jacinta Parsons for two years from 2018.  Sami has also written and performed a two-part series for BBC Radio 4 – A Beginners Guide to Pakistan – and appeared as a panelist on QI with Stephen Fry.

He was awarded the Best Local Act at the 2013 Perth International Comedy Festival, and Best WA Comedy at 2016 Fringe World.  His autobiography, I, Migrant, was nominated for the NSW Premier’s Literary Award (2015), the WA Premier’s Literary Award (2016), and the Russell Prize for Humour Writing (2015).

View this insightful panel discussion on Humans in Geelong YouTube Sunday October 11th or ongoing. Register for free via Eventbrite.

Photos: Supplied, top left Ozge Alkan, top right Zaynab Farah, bottom right Aseel Tayah, bottom left Sami Shah