Winter Voices

  • Image by Spectrum Kreativ
    Image by Spectrum Kreativ
Winter Voices
Saturday 3 June 2023, 7—9pm
Saturday 17 June 2023, 7—9pm 
Event Information

Footscray Community Arts is excited to present the Winter Voices, two nights of captivating musical performances that explore the space between the traditional and contemporary. 

On night one, gracing the stage is Ajak Kwai, a renowned South-Sudanese Australian songwoman of contemporary South Sudanese music. 

On night two, skilled Indian-Australian violinist Bhairavi Raman and Nanthesh Sivarajah will perform and blend Western Classical and South Indian Classical (Carnatic) forms. 

Each artist is a local and active community member with a global sound. A reflection of their own unique cultural traditions, their music is deeply rooted in personal history but made accessible by building community around music.  

With Winter Voices providing heartwarming music (and mulled wine), audiences are invited to further brighten wintery nights with a viewing of the groundbreaking exhibition Sekala Niskala, currently showing at the venue.  Presented by Footscray Community Arts and Project 11 artists Agus Saputra, Kuncir Sathya Viku, Ni Luh Pangestu Widya Sari, Satya Cipta and Septa Adi push the boundaries of traditional art and cultural practices through technique, and disruptive and unconventional subject matter.

Winter Voices bring heartwarming music and thought-provoking art to brighten Melbourne winter nights. 

With catering included, secure your tickets for both sessions today! 

To celebrate the launch of our Winter Music Series, we’re thrilled to offer you an exclusive 50% off discount code for our first event, Winter Voices with Bhairavi Raman! Use the code RAMAN50 at the checkout to enjoy this offer!

Date & Times

Saturday 3 June 2023, 7–9pm &
Saturday 17 June 2023, 7–9pm

Performance Space

Full: $35
Music Friends: 4 for $100

Meet the Artists
  • Ajak Kwai
    Ajak Kwai

    Ajak Kwai is a name well known to the airwaves, stage, and broader Australian music community for her powerful performances and strong messages that call for inclusion and celebration of the diversity found throughout Australian society. Originally hailing from a small town of Bor (pronounced ‘bohr’) on the Upper Nile in what is now South Sudan, music has always been part of her life.  

  • Bhairavi Raman
    Bhairavi Raman

    Bhairavi is an Indian-Australian violinist. Classically trained in Western and Carnatic forms, she merges concepts and techniques to express her bicultural identity. She holds an A.Mus.A in violin awarded by the AMEB, and has pursued advanced training in Carnatic Music in India for the past 12 years.

    Website: www.bhairaviraman.com

  • Nanthesh Sivarajah
    Nanthesh Sivarajah

    Nanthesh Sivarajah is a multidisciplinary artist, passionate about combining his broad artistic skillset to produce unique works. He is a percussionist, trained in both South Indian Classical (Carnatic) and Western forms, and proficient in several instruments including the Mridangam, Kanjira, Ghatam, Morsing, Drumkit and several other percussion instruments.

    Bhairavi and Nanthesh both have fifteen years of concert experience across Australia and internationally at prestigious venues like the Madras Music Academy and the Melbourne Recital Centre.  With over 400 performances to their name, they represent a formidable blend of traditional knowledge honed in India, technical mastery, musical boldness and an authentically Melburnian voice.


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