Power of Artists – A Virtual Launching of Poetry Collection Illuminations

Ripple Poetry

On the weekend I officially launched Illuminations – 19 Poems and 1 Story with the wonderful team and a special guest Delia Olam

I held the whole event on line. However, I was able to do one in person interview with my designer Heidi, and my dear husband David helped out on that one.  That was truly lovely!  We caught up in real space!

Me and Heidi!

After a discussion with the production team as well as with a friend who works in media I created a number of short videos that could be watched individually or in sequence. I placed these on facebook ready to go on the day of the launch. I knew it would take quite a while to upload them so I started the day before.

It was a lot of work editing them, as anyone who works with video knows, and especially because I hadn’t…

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Participating in Ridvan is Everywhere

It was so delightful to be part of the You Tube Ridvan is Everywhere Celebrations online.  And a great honour to be the epigrammatic beginning to day 7 with a brand new never before shared poem.  This poem is now being included in the next issue of Tokens.

“The “Is Everywhere” Collective, which brought us this wonderful online Naw-Ruz celebration, is celebrating the Festival of Ridvan! They are excited to provide family-friendly programming for all 12 days of Ridvan and this video features their program celebrating the 7th day of Ridvan.

The Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Los Angeles (USA) is sponsoring special program for the 1st, 9th and 12th days of Ridvan but every day in between features videos sharing poetry, storytelling, music, art, dancing, cooking, and crafting—all by friends from across the world! 

You’ll find the playlist for Ridvan Is Everywhere here on YouTube. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel for updates.”

Cited from Baha’i Blog

Illumine Byron Bay

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tom francis

In celebration of the Bicentenary of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, the Byron Bahá’í community are holding a 2-day exhibition featuring art works inspired by the oneness of humanity, followed by a multicultural concert on the 29th evening at 6pm. The concert will feature wonderful and diverse local musicians and will celebrate Bahá’u’lláh’s appearance in the world 200 years ago, His vision and message of oneness for humanity.

29th October 6pm CONCERT

One of the featured artists at the concert is Tom Francis.

“New Zealand born, Byron Bay residing singer/songwriter Tom Francis has spent much of 2014 performing on street corners and at intimate house concerts. “I’m often asked why I play on the street. For me there’s an honesty and romance to one musician and an instrument. I also enjoy pulling people in when they aren’t expecting it…” It’s this same musical purity and honestly that…

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Helene Safajou

Some of the work to be featured at Illumine this weekend.

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Helene Safajou was born in Ethiopia and raised both in East Africa and France, Helene followed her husband to Australia in 1995 after many years living as a nomad.

After a life in the corporate and teaching world, and seeking relief from postnatal depression, her life as an artist started in 1998.

She does not have any formal training in art. Everything she has learnt has been through self guided learning, weekend workshops and informal online courses, with a large dose of trial and error! In 2009, she studied Graphic Design at Kingscliff TAFE.

She loves using oils, acrylics, inks, collage and hand stitching in her work, which gives her the opportunity to express her family and spiritual heritage.

For her, art is a spiritual practice to connect with the past and the present and most of all a tool for meditation and healing.

Helene is participating in Illumine, Byron…

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