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Celebrating diversity through art

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Celebrating diversity through art
Published 13 March 2018
Playford’s creative industry hub at Northern Sound System is at the centre of the latest street art addition with a showpiece celebrating cultural diversity.

Playford’s creative industry hub at Northern Sound System is at the centre of the latest street art addition with a showpiece celebrating cultural diversity. ^^ African artists, Swift9 (left) and Kaymist4, create a colourful showpiece at Northern Sound System. Photo: Kate Hayward Sanaa: A better world through creativity has partnered with the City of Playford to complete an all-inclusive mural designed by two Nairobi artists, Swift9 and Kaymist4.The mural supports the not-for-profit group’s mission to promote the power of art and creativity in bridging gaps, challenging perceptions and increasing intercultural understanding.Swift9 and Kaymist4’s artwork celebrates diversity through music featuring industry icons that have influenced, and continue to influence, music today.“The design is a Bob Marley jam-session with all different kind of artists who are making different kinds of music,” Swift9 said.“We want everyone walking by to know this place (NSS) is for creative people and they should feel free like creative people are,” Kaymist4 added.Both artists agreed Street Art is about bringing art to the people, instead of bringing the people to the art.“You find yourself getting new ideas from different places, meeting new people and at the end of the day you create something beautiful together,” Swift9 said.This new burst of colour at NSS can be found facing Woodford Road in Elizabeth.

Sanaa Festival has also partnered with the Northern Adelaide Senior College to foster younger people in the arts.The organisation has conducted workshops to create art and fashion with recycled materials, as well as, poetry workshops led by DyspOra known for his dynamic lyrical activism.“I use to think that I am supposed to choose art as a career, but at some point in life I came to realise it is art that chose me,” Swift9 said.“Art is a lifestyle and I try to pack in as much colour as I can, because colour spreads happiness,” Kaymist4 added.The not-for-profit organisation is hosting its Street Festival this Saturday (17 March) from 2pm in Adelaide as part of the Fringe. The event will feature local artists, Playback 808, along with many more talented South Australian artists, musicians and designers.For more information click HERE.