SAM hosts a community iftar dinner

Shepparton Art Museum will play host to a special Community Iftar Dinner in celebration of Ramadan, the holy ninth month of the Muslim calendar.

In partnership with Culture & Co, SAM will host a special Community Iftar Dinner where members of the diverse community of Shepparton will be invited to come together to share a meal and enjoy an evening of social connection and cultural enrichment. Iftar, a main tradition of Ramadan, refers to the breaking of a day of fasting between family and friends and is an opportunity for the community to converge and experience a time of togetherness, and offers a pause amongst the bustle of everyday life.

The iftar dinner will bring together both lifetime locals and members of the community who have settled in our region after enduring the consequences of global conflicts. Art in Conflict, the current touring exhibition on show in SAM’s Peoples Gallery until 31 July 2022, features scenes and themes that will resonate with community.

Gabriella Calandro, SAM Engagement Manager, says of the event:

“SAM is proud to support such a significant cultural event for the Shepparton community. The Iftar Dinner is an opportunity for us to connect not only with each other but with SAM current touring exhibition, Art in Conflict, in a way that is meaningful and enriching.”

Culture & Co, a social enterprise delivering cultural training and consulting services to not-for-profit, corporate, and government agencies will aid in the delivery of this event.

Mohammed Yassin, Culture & Co CEO, says:

“Culture & Co welcomes this opportunity to partner with SAM and to share this cultural event with the wider community in a demonstration of the spirit of Ramadan, which is a time of charity and generosity and will offer the chance for many to foster new social connections and strengthen existing ones.”

The Community Iftar Dinner will take place on Friday 29 April from 5.00pm on Level 4 of SAM.



Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) is one of Australia's outstanding regional art museums, showcasing our exhibitions and collections in new and exciting ways and creating a welcoming, inclusive and engaging space for all audiences. Artists are central to our work. Our programming is designed to be locally relevant and engage with global contemporary ideas. SAM is recognised for its significant Australian ceramics collection, and our nationally significant collection of Indigenous art. As the only public art museum in Greater Shepparton and north central Victoria, our mission is to present great art in Shepparton, and to contribute to the cultural enrichment, community engagement and economic prosperity of the region. 

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