Visual Identity by Mimi Leung.

Duniya Behter

From 11 Aug 2021

DUNIYA BEHTER: CREATING A BETTER WORLD TOGETHER

The name itself, which emerged from conversation with community, speaks to the spirit and intention of this MAV’s regional Victoria program. Duniya means “the world” in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. These are some of the languages spoken in Bendigo and Shepparton where this project is based.  Behter means better but working together to make better.

Duniya Behter is an experience that will see women and young people from CALD communities, in Bendigo and Shepparton, drawing from the resource of their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative work.


CREATIVE AND CULTURAL WOMEN’S BUSINESSES

16  women or collectives of women will develop businesses, building on new ideas or developing a creative and cultural activity. They will receive mentoring, and hands-on support with developing an online presence and the launch of their business.


CREATIVE YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOUR IN BENDIGO AND SHEPPARTON

Focuses on the development of creative skills and self-expression. It’s all about building the creative workforce of now and the future. Through young people telling stories of their culture and their lived experience through digital works like podcasts, memes, Instagram reels, Tik Tok videos, short films, spoken word, music etc.

The workshop program will guide participants through the creative process, allowing them to try their hand at a variety of art forms. We start off with how to come up with and flesh out ideas, how to bring in your cultural and personal identity and what resources are available.  Participants can then branch out into technical pathways, choosing to develop practical skills in one or several genres such as film, digital art, social media, podcasting and sound.

Workshops may include:
Ideas
 – How to come up with ideas, shape them, build on them and let go of self-judgement 
Culture – How to tell the stories of your culture and experiences as a person of colour, through art 
Smart Phone Stories – how to write a short film, then shoot and edit it with your phone 
Social Media – How to make Tik Tok and Instagram videos that show your unique outlook and build a following 
Sound – How to make music, produce a song and use sound design to enhance a project 
Podcasting – How to produce your own podcast

You will be creating pieces of work in each technical module.

The workshop program will be approximately 2 hours per week with a few longer sessions on weekends or school holidays

We conclude with preparation for the future: preparing you to apply for commissions, look for work with your new portfolio or produce bigger artistic works.


CONNECTION BETWEEN WOMEN’S BUSINESS AND YOUNG PEOPLE

The women and youth programs will have a symbiosis: The women will be supported in their marketing by having newly upskilled content creators who, via the businesses, will have access to abundant material and subjects for their projects.

The program promises to be an exciting, fun, hands-on learning adventure.


Duniya Behter is supported by the Victorian Government through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during Coronavirus (PRMC) program.