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Akolkol Dastan Gesa is a community arts and film project with young people from an Intensive English Centre in WA.

The main aims of the project are:

  • Empower young people

  • Increase diversity on screen

  • Create broadcast-quality film 


In 2017, thirty young participants worked with a team of high-profile artists to create a music video for their original song Same Drum. The team included producer/director Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, musician Scott “Optamus” Griffiths, dancer Rita Nita, writer David Vincent Smith, cinematographer Matsu and filmmaker Gemma Parsons.


The music video was released for Harmony Week 2018 and broadcast on national television, radio and online to more than 500K people. The young people were subsequently invited to perform at the 20,000 person State Of The Art festival and nominated for a West Australian Song of the Year award. The project was supported by project partners Beyond Empathy, Aranmore Catholic College, DADAA and Community Arts Network and assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

In 2019, the project is creating a short film called Two Sands written by Kook Makim Manuer and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger, produced by David Kucha and Lauren Brunswick and featuring members of the WA South Sudanese community . Two Sands is supported by Screenwest.



Galup is a walking performance exploring the history and untold stories of Lake Monger in the early 1800s.  Created by Ian Wilkes and Poppy van Oorde-Grainger in consultation with Doolann Leisha Eatts and Ted Wilkes, Galup invited audiences on a journey around the lake to hear, watch and participate in historic re-enactments.

Writers: Ian Wilkes, Poppy van Oorde-Grainger with an oral history from Doolann Leisha Eatts

Cultural Consultants: Doolann Leisha Eatts, Ted Wilkes

Performers: Ian Wilkes, Doolann Leisha Eatts

Director/Producer: Poppy van Oorde-Grainger

Assistant Stage Manager: Samuel Yombich Pilot-Kickett

This project is commissioned by International Art Space as a part of the Know Thy Neighbour #2 program.

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