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Journey to Little Baghdad in Fairfield

One of STARTTS’ most ambitious community development projects to date, Little Baghdad, has been presented in Fairfield to great acclaim since it launched in June.

Little Baghdad is about Iraqi stories and perspectives, realised through contemporary art and community cultural development practice.

The third and final instalment of the project, 1001 Nights in Fairfield, is currently showing at the Fairfield City Museum and Gallery until 16 November 2015.

The exhibition includes multi-disciplinary work from Iraqi-Australian artists, alongside rare artefacts from the Australian Museum’s Mesopotamia collection.

The Long Table, Little Baghdad
The Long Table, Little Baghdad (Photo: Helen Tran)

The project has been several years in the making with Australia’s largest Iraqi communities by Powerhouse Youth Theatre and STARTTS, and it’s been an enriching experience for everyone involved.

Fairfield City Museum and Gallery also became a project partner of Little Baghdad to stage the exhibition and education components. For more information about 1001 Nights in Fairfield, download the exhibition catalogue (PDF)

Little Baghdad is supported by Arts NSW, Australia Council for the Arts, Australian Museum, Scanlon Foundation, Australian Government Department of Social Services and Information and Cultural Exchange.

The three instalments of Little Baghdad are:

  • The Long Tables: a series of Iraqi-inspired dinner parties, engaging artists and audiences in critical and creative discussion.
  • Let’s Party Like it’s 620BC: a weekend-long performance party, which included installations, performances and a food safari.
  • 1001 Nights in Fairfield: an exhibition that presents multi-disciplinary works created in the context of this project and presented in partnership with Fairfield City Museum and Gallery.
Little Baghdad
Little Baghdad

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