Radical Hospitality: Kain Na Tayo!

Radical Hospitality: Kain Na Tayo!

Sat 11 Mar from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Brunswick Mechanics
Accessible Toilet
General Admission
All Ages
Sat 11 Mar 
Brunswick Mechanics, 270 Sydney Road Brunswick
$20 All Day Pass, $10 Tickets, Mob Free, Kids Free  
Purchase an All Day Pass.
Please contact Saluhan Collective if finance is a barrier via mabuhay@saluhancollective.com 


You're invited to Radical Hospitality: Kain Na Tayo! curated by Saluhan Collective. 

Influenced by Maria Orosa, the Filipina food scientist behind one of the Philippines' most beloved ingredients - banana ketchup - Kain Na Tayo! draws on her creativity to invite audiences to explore issues of climate crisis and consumption through diasporic and intergenerational perspectives. Maria's use of native fruits and vegetables in product manufacture helped combat the food insecurities experienced in the Philippines throughout the early twentieth century; establishing a legacy that continues to influence contemporary Filipino cuisine today.

Through a unique 8-hour event, Kain Na Tayo! works with artists, chefs, musicians, and storytellers to guide audiences through a series of installations and performances, illustrating the ingenuity of Filipino food culture.

Families are invited to gather round for merienda as father-daughter duo and acclaimed actors Alfred and Charlotte Nicdao present children's storytime, reading from 'I fear for my books', a Filipinx library collection curated by Saluhan and Arts Gen. Filipino-Iranian artist Aida Azin will work with young people to create cute artworks using mixed materials, inspired by food packaging of the Philippines.

As the sun sets, experience the work of theatre-makers David Finnigan, Ness Roque, and Reuben Ingall as they present the development of their 2023 residency project, 'You're Safe'. Then, join us in the kusina as FiloFeeds takes over Next Wave, serving up ingredients from the archipelago and celebrating the history and knowledge embodied in Filipino dishes. 

After dinner, hear from artists and storytellers Taga Barrio and Matcho Makata, two unique forces of spoken word and poetry whose works demonstrate the transformative power of language. In the final hours of the evening, DJ Mendoza and DJ Reuben will immerse audiences in soundscapes, tropical house, and dance music to close out the night.


2-4pm: Kwento Korner with Alfred and Charlotte Nicdao + Childrens Craft Workshops with Aida Azin + merienda with catering from Papa Bear Bakery and Filipino snacks  
4-6pm: You’re Safe Development Preview with David Finnigan, Ness Roque’s and Reuben Ingall  
6-8pm: Dinner catered by FiloFeeds & Silog Truck  
8-10: Dance party DJ’ed by DJ Mendoza and DJ Reuben Ingall  

Produced by James Emmanuel McKinnon, MJ Flamiano and Catherine Ortega-Sandow.
Artist Bios: 
Saluhan was first created to establish a network between creatives in Australia and the Philippines and has since expanded to include collaborative projects that combine arts and community development.  
Saluhan has previously facilitated Saluhan: A Filipino Community Arts Event (2019) for makers, artists, musicians, and local community in Melbourne, Adelaide and Quezon City (PH); Agimat (2021) a series of printmaking workshops and an exhibition at Sunshine Print Artspace; Magkasama (2021 - ongoing), a monthly gathering to share in Filipino literature, film, music, and culture; Dialekto (2022), a series of artist-led workshops and an artist-in-residence at Siteworks; and Residence (2022-current) an artist-in-residence project at Footscray Community Arts. Learn more @s_a_l_u_h_a_n 
David Finnigan is an award-winning theatre-maker from Canberra, Australia. His playscripts have received the 2017 Griffin Playwrights Award and the 2021 Melbourne's Green Room Award for Best New Writing. He is a Churchill Fellow, an Asialink Fellow and an Early Career Fellow of the Australia Council for the Arts. Learn more davidfinig.com

DJ Mendoza is a Filipina-Australian DJ based in Wurundjeri Country. In 2022, Mendoza hosted 'Musika ng Mundo' on Area 3000 radio which explored global influences in electronic dance music. Listen via chelsea-mciver

Matcho Mataka is an Actor, Writer, Performance Poet, Dance Teacher, Community leader, Theatre Producer, Movement Enthusiast, Event Manager, Publisher and Creative Director of Soul Lounge Australia & Co-Host of Sabayan Creative & Cultural Collective 
Taga Barrio (Larra Juab) is a multidisciplinary artist that shares their experiences and point of views through storytelling with topics of lived experiences, Identity, Heritage, Belonging, Post-colonialism and Community through the use of arts through different forms and mediums. 

Alfred Nicdao is a veteran Australian/Filipino actor who had his first professional job as a Sumatran fisherman in the landmark Australian television series, ‘The Sullivans’. Since then, Alfred has appeared in various Australian television dramas and stage plays. His most recent appearance was in the Stan drama, ‘Bali 2002’ and the upcoming Season 2 of the award winning drama, ‘Love Me’ on Binge. Charlotte Nicdao is an Australian actress and composer. She is known for her roles as Jackie Lee in the Nine Network series A gURLs wURLd (2010–2011) and Poppy Li in the Apple TV+ comedy Mythic Quest (2020–).

Aida Azin is a painter, art facilitator and community organiser based in Melbourne on the land of the Wurundjeri and the Boon Wurrung people. Her involvement with the Saluhan collective gives Aida an opportunity to explore her Visayan roots and represent the experiences of third culture kids. Learn more

Brunswick Mechanics

270 Sydney Road Brunswick, Victoria, 3056