It’s great news for fans of local music; this year, Unplugged Café is going global.
Most folks who have lived in the Sandgate area for any time over the last few decades will know of the great work that our local not-for-profit community organisation SANDBAG has done to assist people in our community who face disadvantage.
This sounds like serious stuff, but seriously, some of SANDBAG’s work is FUN!
Daniel Desnousse, SANDBAG’s Community Partnerships Worker, is involved with presenting local favourite The Unplugged Café, a monthly event that has become a staple of the thriving Sandgate music scene.
“Unplugged Café has been running successfully for over ten years, on the first Friday of every month at the Sandgate Community Centre. Local artists perform, and together with an assortment of food it is a great night for everyone”, Daniel said.
“In 2018 we will offer, for the first time, a complete multicultural experience”, Daniel says. “We’ll see the participation of African, Middle Eastern and Asian performers and cooks on various occasions throughout the year, starting with a Middle Eastern experience.”
SANDBAG has supported refugees and new members of our community for many years and in various ways, including through offering training opportunities as part of the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative, through their support of the local Green Pea Community Gardens, and through various support programs offered at the community centre.
Bringing flavours and sounds from around the world is a natural next step in the musical journey of The Unplugged Café, and as usual, everyone is welcome.
“ Come and join us on Friday 2nd March,” Daniel says. “There will be traditional music and food provided by Iraqi, Turkish and Iranian members of our local community.
"Food will be provided by the Hawa and Azhar families, who came to Brisbane from Mosul, a city in the north of Iraq. They will bring many dishes that are unique to Mosul and recipes passed down through generations”.
It’s an event that lovers of life, music and food won’t want to miss. A taste of world music on our doorstep in Sandgate!
Sandgate Community Centre
153 Rainbow Street, Sandgate
Friday 2nd March, 6.30pm, Tickets at the door.