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Behind Closed Doors - 16 Days Campaign

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“It was brilliant, powerful, moving and so well-organised.” - Feedback from our first sold out show

    Off the back of a successful first show we are running Behind Closed Doors again during the '16 Days of Activism' against gendered violence campaign to continue momentum, raise awareness and take action against domestic violence in South Asian communities. Behind Closed Doors uses music, dance, lyricism, fashion and visual art to reflect sensitive topics and create a safe space for the conversation without repercussions of judgment and shame. 

    What's actually involved in the show?

    Our community experts have curated a unique 60-minute immersive performance that explores the ways abuse can manifest in South Asian families. Following this, our partners, we will lead a discussion on tangible ways that we can work with our community, culture and values (rather than against them) to reduce and eventually alleviate domestic abuse for South Asians.  

    Light food and drink will be provided following the event where you can forge connections and continue the conversation with experts and advocates in the sector. 

    This event will be fundraising for our partners, the ICSA (Indian (sub-Cont) Crisis & Support Agency) are the first NGO for the South Asian Community in Australia. They are dedicated to assisting people of Indian Subcontinent origin who are in crisis through advocacy and case management services.  

    All tickets and donations are tax deductible. ICSA has DGR status for all donations over $2.

    Learn more about the organisation ICSA here: 



    This event will contain discussion around topics such as sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, physical violence and harassment. Please ensure to care for your safety and well-being. We will have a professional on hand to support anyone if required. This show is recommended for viewers over the age of 18 years old.



    Kersherka Sivakumaran - Director

    Amani Mahmoud - Author

    Gayatri Krishnamurthy - Dancer

    Bhairavi Raman - Violinist

    Shalaka Malgaonkar - Tabla



    60 minute performance

    Light Food and Drinks



    $35* to $50 per ticket  (*senior card holders discount, proof required at the door)

    Sponsorship packs available - Please email or contact host to discuss sponsorship.


    Due to high demand we are running 2 shows (note both shows are exactly the same content but in different locations). Please ensure you select the correct location and date when you select the tickets.

    SHOW 1: Bankstown Show

    Venue: Bankstown Arts Centre (5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown, NSW 2200)

    Date: Friday, 2 December 2022

    Time: 6:30pm doors open (show starts at 7:00pm)

    Tickets: $35* to $50

    Parking: Train - the T3 Bankstown Line takes you within five minutes of the Arts Centre. Buses - Bankstown Arts Centre is within five minutes walking distance from the Bankstown Bus Interchange.

    Public transport: Parking around the Arts Centre is limited. Limited free four​ hours (4P) parking is available at the community carpark located along Olympic Parade.

    SHOW 2: Burwood Show

    Venue: Burwood Council Conference Room (Level 1, 2 Conder Street, Burwood NSW 2134 (same building as the Burwood Library))

    Date: Saturday, 3 December 2022

    Time: 2:00pm doors open (show starts at 2:30pm)

    Tickets: $35* to $50

    Other Details: Burwood council has kindly offered a free Creche service for children aged 5 to 12 years old. Please flag in your ticket purchase if you would like to use this service.

    Parking: Paid street parking available, there is also parking at Burwood Plaza and at Westfield Burwood (10 to 15 minute walk).

    Public transport: Closest station is Burwood station 6 minute walk


    This event is supported by SAARI Collective. In conjunction with this partnership, community members a part of SAARI's mailing program can access a discount. Please reach out to SAARI Collective for the discount code. SAARI is a community and Australia-leading media platform that addresses the personal, cultural and systemic barriers to visibility for South Asians in Australia and beyond. SAARI does this by supporting new and emerging writers and creatives to build their creative capacity and by building dynamic partnerships that support our community. 

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