Tunes for harmony

Classical musician Ustad Ghani Qasimi will perform at Balance For Better.

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A showcase of Afghan poets, musicians and performers are drumming up a serious, topical message.

During the Balance For Better event, the performers navigate the complex issue of gender inequality – a driver of violence against women.

Among the performers is 52-year-old singer and classical musician Ustad Ghani Qasimi.

The event is being supported by Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE), Victorian Afghan Associations Network, Bakhtar Cultural Society, Wellsprings for Women, Afghan Youth Organisation Australia and United Cultural Support.

WHISE chief executive Kit McMahon says art is a great vehicle to explore complex issues such as intergenerational conflict.

“The evidence around using cultural vehicles to assist creating harmony in the community is well documented. It’s been going on for decades around the world.

“We hope to encourage ongoing discussion within the community on gender equality, and challenge negative stigma around the topic.”

She said Afghan community leaders had driven the idea for the concert as a relevant way to celebrate International Womens Day.

“We’ve learned over the years working with the local Afghan community that there is a deep respect for and desire to express complex ideas through music, poetry and creative performance.”

Balance For Better is on Saturday 16 March, 7pm-11pm at Somerville Receptions, 35 Somerville Road, Hampton Park.

Tickets are essential. They are available from Victorian Afghan Associations Network, Bakhtar Cultural Society, Wellsprings for Women, Afghan Youth Organisation Australia and United Cultural Support Inc.

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