Gibran’s Garden explores a journey of love
Featured photo credit: Rodney Start
Story written by Tiffany Fung
On Saturday February 23, 2019, the Immigration Museum will open their courtyard once again, this time for Gibran’s Garden, in celebration of the life of renowned poet Kahlil Gibran and his seminal works.
As part of their Summer courtyard series, visitors will participate in an audio-visual and cultural journey as they listen to poetry & music, and taste food that is native of Kahlil’s Lebanon.
Eleni Kaponis, the Immigration Museum’s Manager of Public Programs, hopes that people can enjoy the courtyard itself but also see the other exhibitions as well.
Gibran’s Garden highlights include:
- Kahlil Gibran talk and tour presented by researcher and historian, Glen Kalem who will take people into an intimate portrait of his legacy and works at University of Melbourne
- Spoken word poets Nour Abouzeid, Farah Beani, Abdoul Hammoud, and local DJ of Lebanese background Mz Rizk, whose works are all inspired by Gibran
- Founder of Beit e’Shai (House of Tea), Rasha Teyeh will hold a workshop on the traditions and medicinal purposes of tea in Arabic speaking countries and will serve free tea
Photo credit: Rodney Start
Eleni is most excited to see the spoken word poetry and the variety of different languages and backgrounds on stage.
“We are really seeing a diverse group of people that are so inspired by somebody who like Kahlil Gibran are poets themselves,” she said.
“The Garden of Prophet is one of the most translated poems or texts in over 100 different languages so that in itself is a really great indication of the effect that he had on people,” she remarked.
Eleni explained that Gibran brings a contemporary perspective to his work, which can be universal to different cultures and can convey a sense of shared humanity.
We all experience similar things. It doesn't matter what country you come from or what language you speak, we can all connect on those things.
The LOVE exhibition will also be at the Museum, where audiences can visit both exhibitions to explore the meaning of love for individuals and Gibran himself.
Eleni said that visitors can experience a deeper insight into Gibran’s character and the female influences he had, such as his relationship with Mary Haskell.
“He writes about love a lot where the most famous saying is ‘Love is a quenchless thirst,’ where we based a lot of our programming on,” she said.
In closing, Eleni hopes to encourage families and adults to come along to Gibran’s Garden, as there are activities for everyone to enjoy and to explore the exhibition in their own different ways.
WHEN: 23 February, 3-8pm
WHERE: Courtyard, Immigration Museum, 400 Flinders St Melbourne
COST: Free included with Immigration Museum entry