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Ōtautahi Creative Spaces Publishes Community Cookbook In Recognition of Unity Week

16 Mar 2023
A celebration of diversity through the unifying power of creativity and cooking

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Mar 16, 2023

Ōtautahi Creative Spaces is releasing a collection of recipes and accompanying woodcut prints as an offering for Unity Week to remember and honour the lives lost in the March 15 terror attacks. Titled Nā Te Kai Ka Paihere; One Table, One World, the cookbook features recipes from the diverse cultural groups in its creative community.

The cookbook started with a small seed of an idea, and has since grown into a wide reaching, community-based effort. It is more than just a selection of recipes and artwork; it is a celebration of diversity, and of the nourishing, comforting, and unifying power of food. The project was led by Sudi Dargipour and Ana Craw, who facilitate Nūr, a space for Muslim women at Ōtautahi Creative Spaces to explore creativity for wellbeing.  
 Ana and Sudi hope that the book will be used as a talking point, and that, as Ana says, it will emphasize "the significance of art and food, and how that affects wellbeing and can grow community". A limited number of copies will be available for our creative community and friends during Unity Week, which runs Wednesday, March 15 - Wednesday, March 22.

The project received generous funding from Te Korowai Whetū, Social Cohesion Fund (Ministry of Social Development).  

About: Ōtautahi Creative Spaces (Christchurch) is a creative community of people with experience of mental distress which uses the power of creativity for social connection and wellbeing. Established in 2015, we offer many ways to get creative and involved, including studio sessions, guest artist workshops, professional practice development, exhibitions, collaborative projects and art adventures in the community.  We give opportunities to those with the greatest needs and least access to creativity. Our communities of focus are Māori, Pacific peoples, the Muslim community and the Rainbow community. 

For more information please contact: Henni Read, Team Leader Ōtautahi Creative Spaces

022 533 5280 [email protected]