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LOCALE FESTIVAL- ĠBEJNIET - Dance and Visual Art performance

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Toongabbie Community Centre

Cnr Targo and Toongabbie Roads

Toongabbie, NSW 2146

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From Malta to Toongabbie, an intergenerational story told through dance, cooking and animation. Local Girraween dancer Carl Sciberras (2016 City of Parramatta Creative Fellow) performs his newest work Ġbjeniet, a personal exploration of cultural identity.


All I have is this soup, made with Maltese cheese (Ġbejna - plural ġbejniet), the colour of my skin and a surname that I don’t even pronounce correctly. Is that enough? How does ethnicity and culture collide and when is it lost? This dance is a coming to terms with my mixed race heritage. I am some parts Maltese, Italian and colonial English Australian (that I know of); these are intersections that collide in my genetic make-up, yet I’m a quintessentially Australian man, a mixed-race Western Sydney man. In making this work I travelled to Malta expecting to discover something about myself, to find answers; I didn’t. Instead this work asks more questions than it gives answers, it is at once alone and communal; I am from of many places yet somehow none wholeheartedly – but then, who isn’t?


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