Amazing talents you’ll be seeing at The Curious About Culture Festival 

Creative Masters

Enjoy the talent of these amazing women

Kitiya Palaskas

Craft-based Designer

Kitiya Palaskas is an Australian craft-based designer. She will be holding three workshops as part of the festival. Kitiya has a decade of varied craft experience hosting popular workshops for universal brands such as Etsy, My Little Pony, Kikki.K, and Groovin the Moo.

She specialises in handmade and traditional craft methods and is known for her bold and quirky designs. Kitiya is also passionate about advocating for more open dialogue around wellbeing issues and empowerment of creatives.


Vocalist and Producer

Rosie Clynes AKA Komang is a Melbourne (Naarm) based vocalist/producer who will be performing live at the festival. Her vibrant electronic/R&B music is influenced by her Balinese heritage.

Komang has been described by Stamp the Wax as having “an approach that inevitably draws comparisons to names like FKA Twigs and Solange”.


Global Tribe Entertainment

Premier entertainment company

Get ready to Samba! Global Tribe Entertainment’s live performances will bring the magic of Rio’s Carnival to Melbourne (Naarm).

Their high-energy shows will take you to Brazil with a diverse range of vibrant costumes and samba dance. Not only will they be performing but also teaching the crowd how to move.


Nadira De Silva

Yoga, Meditation & Holistic Wellness

An invitation to breathe, relax and de-stress with Nadira.
Nadira is a Melbourne (Naarm) based yoga and meditation teacher who will guide sessions at the festival to bring an embodied and mindful way to start the day. She believes in tapping into the infinite (“Anantaya”) wellspring of wisdom available to ALL of us, sharing tools and practices fusing traditional yoga, meditation & holistic natural therapies made accessible to everyBODY.
A perfect way to start the morning!

Yeon Ju Chun


Yeon Ju is a Melbourne (Naarm) based artist from South Korea who uses mixed media art to express how she connects with her surroundings and the various cultures of the world. Come and join Yeon Ju for a breathtaking live art show.

Meena Rani

Henna and Threading Artist

Meena is an experienced henna and threading artist. If you have always wanted to try some henna artistry, now is your chance. Why not give threading a try? Threading is a hair removal technique that is popular in South Asia and 100% natural.


Appreciate the goods and wares offered by these women-led businesses:


Unsalted Butter Studio

Business owner: Deb

Unsalted Butter Studio creates basket bags inspired by a fusion of traditional Thai and Melbournian picnic-style baskets. Go and visit their stall to find unique handmade basket bags and ceramics.


Business owner: Nana Utsugi

Nana is an illustrator and graphic designer originally from Japan and based in Melbourne. Nana will be offering beautiful printed artwork and greeting cards inspired and influenced by her Japanse heritage.

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Lady Jane Greenhouse

Business owner: Lady Jane

Visit this unique stall with handmade macrames hangers and terrariums designed and made by Lady Jane. She will be also offering some healthy and beautiful indoor plants for decoration.

Design Hoard

Business owner: Zara Shrestha

You don’t want to miss out on the sassy designs from Design Hoard made for Women of Colour. Come along to Design Hoard’s stall and find exclusive printed artwork for decoration.


TreeKid clothing

Business owner: Carla Risco

Treekid is a Melbourne (Naarm) based kids clothing label designing unique and colourful garments. Ethically manufactured and proudly accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia.

Sakhi Saheli

Business owners: Nidhi Yogi & Isha Bali

Sakhi Saheli is a local charity found by Nidhi Yogi and Isha Bali. The charity empowers Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) women by raising awareness about mental health, domestic violence and eradicating menstruation stigma in developing countries. Come and grab t-shirts and tote bags to show your support!


Business owner: Rasheeda Coppedge

MisFitz Lane creates upcycled denim, bags and one of one streetwear reworks. Come and visit founder Rasheeda to check out her latest work and get inspiration for a more sustainable wardrobe.

Ethical Jewerly

Business owner: Lilian Abbey

Pass through Ethical Jewellery’s stall and find African inspired statement jewellery and accessories handmade in Melbourne (Naarm). Ethical Jewerly love to add colour and fun to every accesory and jewellery they make, go and bright up your day!

Somaya’s Mandalas

Business owner: Somaya Moosajee

Somaya will offer inspirational creative mandala prints and calendars. They’re perfect for decoration, to inspire spiritual reflection or even as gift.


Business owner: Lisa Han & Jiyu Hwang

Bijuu offers a range of jewellery handmade in Melbourne (Naarm) that gives you that timeless look. Get inspired by the colours of nature and a little bit of the classic gold and silver.

The Wig Chic

Business owner: Damalie Tryan

The Wig Chic’s saying is: “Happy hair, happy life” and that’s what you will be able to experience in her stall. The Wig Chic offers quality human hair wigs and extensions with a variety of colours and cap sizes.

Adorn Art Wear

Business owner: Rajula Chadha

Get stunning hand painted jewellery from Adorn Art Wear’s stall. They are created with a unique process of contemporary art wear inspired by nature.

Bot Workshop

Business owner: Fernanda Rodriguez

Bot Workshop’s stall will be bringing cute little companions handcrafted in wood ready to be customised with the paint of your choice. Come and meet their bot members and choose your new companion.

Bravo Karena

Business owner: Karen Bravo

Bravo Karena is a design and illustration brand inspired by black women, the shape of their bodies, their hair and style. This brand represents the empowerment and self acceptance of black women. Bravo Karena will be bringing hand painted earrings, art prints and t-shirts .

Art by Priyanka

Art by Priyanka

Priyanka is a resin artist and her stall will be filled with creativity with her unique fusion of art and homeware. You will want to bring everything home!


Business owner: Petronia

Petronia is a talented designer who will be offering handmade purses, bags, clothes, jewellery and baskets.


Business owner: Haruka Nishiyama

Visit Halikalika to find distinctive jewellery, clothes and bags. All the pieces that Haruka handcrafts are unique and ethical to share love and joy, and inspired by diversity and nature.

Sandra Githinji

Business owner: Sandra Githinji

Sandra is a brilliant designer who will bring BLOOM to the festival, a sculptural vase collection that aims to preserve historical memory and pay tribute to phenomenal African female figures through sculpture.

Tomi Art

Business owner: Satomi Shimizu

Tomi Art is Melbourne made and designed brand with the product concept of Japanese traditional art into contemporary wearable art. Pass through Tomi Art’s stall to get jewellery, hair accessories and scarves.

Artesania in Melbourne

Business owner: Ana Maria Peña

Pretty wool hats and scarfs you will find at Artesania in Melbourne’s stall. Ana Maria knits every piece with love that are perfect for the cold days in Melbourne!

Seda Collective

Business owner: Denara Amat

Seda Collective is an ethical fashion brand collaborating with traditional artisans and bringing you one of a kind wearable art.

Natalie Stay Valenzuela

Business owner: Natalie Estay

Visit Natalie’s stall to bring home quality printed artwork and tote bags. You will get amazed by the mindful and colourful brand. The work done by Natalie is with an intention of low wastage, handmade and showcasing inspiration and connection from her South American heritage and life experiences.

Australian South Asian Centre

Business owner: Daizy Maan

Australian South Asian Centre empowers Indian, Pakistani and South Asians to be impact-driven leaders, entrepreneurs and creatives. They will be bringing awesome prints, shirts, homewares, cards, notebooks and original artwork on the day.

Kiraana Spicery

Business owner: Supriya Singh

If you are a lover of spicy food, you can’t miss out this stall! Take delicious regional Indian spice and pantry blends which are passionately hand-blended in Melbourne / Naarm.

Pure Soul Collection

Business owner: Sweety Thakkar

PureSoul Collection will be offering natural & handmade face, body and hair-care products with natural ingredients. These unique products have no colour or preservative added and they are cruelty-free.

Angies Kitchen

Business owner: Angelina Dampson

Come visit Angies Kitchen’s stall to taste authentic West African home based food. Do you want to try delicious Ghanaian donuts and fermented corn smoothie.? You won’t regret!

Hera Mete

Business owner: Hera Mete

Hera Mete will bring beautiful hand made jewellery and art with different spin on the contemporary. Come along and visit Hera Mete’s stall!

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