The Cultural Arts Collective

is a dynamic arts business that collaborates with artists and communities, across artforms and cultures, to create distinctive cultural events, new music and festivals.

It works with communities from diverse cultural backgrounds to create new work and projects, including refugee, migrant and Aboriginal artists, by creating platforms for capacity building and cultural exchange via artistic and cultural initiatives. 


Music - Producing, composition, management and label

Festivals - Initiating, curating and producing

Consultancy - Visioning, place making and capacity building

BLUE MARY SINGLE ‘I AM’ launches the Western Sydney Sound

in partnership with the Planet Company

  Watch the video or buy the single

Watch the video or buy the single

Cultural Arts Collective are showcasing original cross-cultural music in Western Sydney and over the next few months will release three singles from their ‘first wave’ of the Western Sydney Sound.

CAC’s Richard Petkovic said “its time for this country to show the world what its got… and with our indigenous culture and multicultural history, we have a chance to create a sound that is known around the world, a sound that is unique innovative and inclusive.”

Blue Mary’s single I AM, is the first release for the ‘Western Sydney Sound’, an empowering anthem that connects women from all backgrounds across Western Sydney and the world.



Cultural Arts Collective @ The Cantina - LIVE

‘Cultural Arts Collective @ The Cantina’ is a series of pop up concerts a, 63 The Mall Bankstown (just down from Hoyts Cinema).

Cultural Arts Collective @ The Cantina will create a thriving venue for artist from diverse cultural backgrounds to perform and a place for the local community to come together and have a great time.

On concert nights, our neigbours, the Min Barah Cafe will open their doors (into the Cantina) and provide great food and drinks to fuel your dancing!

Our next series of concerts start in February 2019, with four amazing culturally diverse ensembles. Stay tuned for the program release.

The first series of concerts, were in November 2018 and we had a great time with:

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  1. Karifi and the African Union Dancers - showcase the diverse cultures of Ghana with authentic drumming, chant, dance and rituals. A non stop display of culture that will have you dancing, shouting and laughing!

  2. EQUUS -a bold, imaginative music project that succeeds in the formation of an entirely new sound. These are the traditional songs of Mongolia played as you have never heard them before. described as ...."One of the most evocative albums I have heard ...This is pure musical pleasure, exciting, fun and challenging, all at once." Music Forum magazine.

  3. ELLAS- Three amazing Latin American women sharing roots music of love and social justice from Columbia, Argentina and Brazil.

Thank you to Create NSW and Humanity Matters for making this adventure possible.



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ABC TV documentary

Check out this amazing documentary on the Sydney Sacred Music Festival 2018. It features the gloriously talented Yorgo Kaporis, Dr Nicholas Ng and our very own Blue Mary.

We started Sydney Sacred Music Festival in 2011 and its great to see it getting recognition for creating new work with diverse artists and their communities.

Watch it here: Divine Rhythm - Compass





PROJECTS - A snapshot

   Shohrat Tursun Trio   - is a dynamic combination of ancient melodies and African rhythms woven into contemporary compositions that can only be found in Australia. Photo Gerrie Malla

Shohrat Tursun Trio - is a dynamic combination of ancient melodies and African rhythms woven into contemporary compositions that can only be found in Australia. Photo Gerrie Malla

  Sydney Sacred Music Festival  - a celebration of diverse devotional music, ceremony and art, annually in September. Photo Jim Giannis

Sydney Sacred Music Festival - a celebration of diverse devotional music, ceremony and art, annually in September. Photo Jim Giannis