Working with CaLD Creatives and Communities

Cultural Safety & Cross-Cultural Communication

In mid-2020, Diversity Arts worked in partnership with the Victorian Music Development Office (VMDO) to deliver a series of four 2.5-hour online workshops looking at how to work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Tackling subjects such cultural safety and effective cross-cultural communication, the sessions aimed to develop capacity in the Victorian music industry to build culturally safe spaces and inclusive practices.

The workshop was facilitated by Dr Paula Abood, Dr Görkem Acaroğlu, Ruth DeSouza, MC Trey and Professor Geetanjali Saluja.

Session 1: Cultural Safety 101

Date: Wednesday 3 June 2020, 10am – 12.30pm
Trainers: Dr Ruth DeSouza and MC Trey
This program offered participants the chance to:

  • Gain an understanding of the concept of Cultural Safety

  • Gain an understanding of practical ways to apply the concept of Cultural Safety, providing both knowledge and practical skills in how to employ Cultural Safety in their workplaces.

  • Hear first-hand from contemporary music artist MC Trey about her experiences of cultural safety in the music industry.

  • Be provided with resources and readings before and after the workshop.


Session 2: Engaging CaLD Creatives

Date: Wednesday 17 June, 10am – 12.30pm
Trainers: Dr Paula Abood, Dr Görkem (Gerkam) Acaroğlu & Busty Beatz
This program offered participants the chance to:

  • Develop knowledge of key issues affecting CaLD creatives and the barriers to participation in the arts and music industry.

  • Identify engagement strategies to facilitate ethical encounters with CaLD artists, creatives, organisations and businesses.

  • Identify models of practice and processes to support CaLD creatives that are sustainable and lead to deeper participation.

  • Participate in interactive activities and discussions with peers to develop skills and strategies to apply in work and organisational culture


Session 3: Retaining CaLD Creatives

Wednesday 1 July, 10am – 12.30pm
Trainers: Dr Paula Abood and Dr Görkem Acaroğlu joined by special guest artist Kim BustyBeatz Bowers from Hot Brown Honey.

This program offered participants the chance to:

  • Deepen knowledge of key issues affecting CaLD creatives and the barriers to participation in the arts and music industry.
  • Discuss practical steps and actions to facilitate ethical encounters with CaLD creatives, in conversation with musical director, composer, sound designer, remixer, DJ and performer Busty Beatz 
  • Identify models of practice and processes to support CaLD creatives that are sustainable and lead to deeper participation.

Session 4: Online Marketing to Diverse Audiences

Wednesday 15 July, 10am – 12.30pm
Trainers: Professor Geetanjali Saluja
This program offered participants the chance to:

  • Gain an insight into core principles of multicultural marketing in an online environment.

  • Develop skills and knowledge that can be applied in your company/workplace/business.

  • Develop skills to communicate effectively and ethically in a cross-cultural setting for greater connection with artists, creatives, audiences, clients and key stakeholders.

  • Participate in interactive activities and discussions with peers to develop skills, knowledge and strategies.

Meet the trainers:

Dr. Ruth DeSouza  

Dr Ruth DeSouza is a highly experienced multidisciplinary educator, researcher and consultant, specialising in cross cultural engagement, cultural safety, and the interface of digital technologies within CALD communities. Her background is in nursing where she has extensive experience as a clinician, researcher and academic in New Zealand and Australia and has published work on community engagement in the arts. Ruth is a 2020 RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Fellow, based in the School of Art and a member of the Design and Creative Practice Enabling Capability Platform (ECP). Her fellowship project aims to engage health professionals in finding new ways to understand, co-design and implement sustainable cultural safety initiatives in a range of health contexts. Ruth has extensive networks across the Melbourne creative industries and is on the Fair Play project reference committee.

MC Trey  

MC Trey is a Fijian-Samoan woman, born in Fiji and raised on Darug lands in Western Sydney. She has over 20 years’ experience as a hip-hop/ soul artist, with nominations for the ARIA, Urban Music and 3D Music Awards. She has hosted music shows on Foxtel TV Network, Channel V and Red TV, acted in theatre shows in Sydney and London and performed stages in Australia, NZ, Fiji, USA, UK & Japan. MC Trey is a passionate youth arts worker and activist. She has a YouTube channel – treymuzik, talking all things music, arts, culture and stories that influence and inspire.

Dr Paula Abood Fair Play Lead Trainer/Creative Producer

Artistic Director/ Editor/Facilitator/Trainer Paula Abood is a writer, community cultural development practitioner, creative producer and educator. She has worked with diverse communities in capacity building projects for 30 years. Her productions include The Cartographer’s  Curse (2016), Auburn Cartographies of Diversity (2016),  Sacred Women’s Voices (2013 / 2011), Parenting Stories (2010), Hurriya and her Sisters (2009), The Book of African Australian Stories (2006), Poetry on Rooftops (2006), and Of Middle Eastern Appearance (2001). Paula was awarded the 2007 Western Sydney Artists’ Fellowship for the blogging project Race and the City and was the 2013 recipient of the Australia Council’s Ros Bower Award for lifetime achievement in community cultural development practice.  She has developed resources and taught widely on subjects including cultural diversity, advocacy, and community development at TAFE and in community education settings. Paula co-developed the Certificate IV in Community Arts and Cultural Development that runs out of St George TAFE in Sydney, and is a leading trainer and educator on human rights approaches across the community, arts and education sectors. Paula was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy from UNSW in 2007 in the area of cultural studies.

Kim “Busty Beatz” Bowers  

Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers is a musical director, composer, sound designer, remixer, DJ and performer. Of Xhosa heritage and living on Yuggera country, she has been making fearless art to activate, pollinate and liberate for over 25 years.  Her music is featured in cult Australian films Fresh Air, Eleven, Love and Other Catastrophes and The Well, and she has composed for films including Amar (directed by Fatima Mawas) and Love Bites (directed by Jermaine D’Vauz). Composition and sound design for theatre credits include Samson (Belvoir Street Theatre NSW), Straight White Men (State Theatre Company of South Australia), The Longest Minute (Debase and Queensland Theatre), Prize Fighter (La Boite Theatre Company QLD). Musical direction credits include East London West Sydney directed by Breakin’ Convention’s Jonzi D, Polytoxic Dance Theatre Company’s The Rat Trap, and she is the resident MD for the internationally renowned Briefs. This beat-making mama is the MD, composer and sound artist of the international smash-hit Hot Brown Honey, which saw her win the 2016 UK Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form, two Green Room Awards and the 2017 Helpmann for Best Cabaret Performer.

Dr. Geetanjali Saluja  

Geetanjali is lecturer in marketing at the UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney. She earned her PhD in marketing from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She also has a post-graduate management degree from the Indian School of Business.

Monique Araujo  

Monique Araujo (she/her) is a Naarm based music industry all-rounder working predominantly in the events space. Having held booking and event curation roles at some of the cities most notable venues including The Gasometer Hotel, The Toff in Town and currently Colour Nightclub, Monique is establishing herself as a key player in the Australian music industry. Alongside behind the scenes experience, Monique works as a vocalist and songwriter and performer in a number of projects both in the live music and club realms.