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Food will fly thick and fast at a brand new community initiative in Western Sydney, led by the Museum of Contemporary Art. Part of the museum's C3West community program led by local artists Diego Bonetto and Branch Nebula (Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters), FOOD FIGHT is the result of a partnership with Genevieve Murray of Future Method Studio, and aims to raise awareness about food security in Liverpool and South Western Sydney through workshops, performances, cooking demonstrations and choreographed culinary combat.
Set to take place in Liverpool's Bigge Park on the evening of Saturday, April 30, the event will feature market stalls, cooking shows, projections and live performances, before culminating in an epic food fight and 100-seat al fresco banquet. The artists will also collaborate with various local partners, including Foodbank, OzHarvest and Youth Food Movement Australia, on a series of community engagement workshops.
"Our aim with this FOOD FIGHT project is twofold," said Bonetto. "We want to create a fun and engaging event that serves as a wake-up call and conversation starter on a hidden issue; whilst also celebrating the community champions and everyday heroes who fight for food security in the local area, one meal at a time."
According to recent statistics, roughly two million Australians rely on food relief programs every year, while close to a million children go without breakfast or dinner each day.
"The issue of food security barely raises an eyebrow in our society. Yet it is an issue which continues to worsen," said Foodbank NSW business development manager Tony Gatt. "In NSW alone, over 90,000 people rely on Foodbank's emergency food relief each month."
"This is why initiatives such as FOOD FIGHT as so important," Gatt continued. "Anything we can do collectively to break down the veil of ignorance about food security, build empathy and address the stigma associated with food relief is a step in the right direction."
For more information about FOOD FIGHT, go here.
Published on March 30, 2016 by Tom Clift