A Love Letter to our Watan

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PYT Fairfield presents
A Love Letter to our Watan

Tune in to an evening of vivid imagery and bold poetic gestures to bring light and acknowledge the rich culture and unity in our Afghan community. Your hosts, Bibi, Mahdi and Jawad will guide you as they share Persian poetry, history and stories, while opening the floor for verses to be performed by the audience.

In solidarity with the Afghan people, we bring you a glimmer of umeed: hope.

Welcome to Country Aunty Rhonda Dixon-Grovenor
Hosted by Mahdi Mohammadi, Bibi Goul Mossavi and Jawad Yaqoubi
Creative Team Mahdi Mohammadi, Bibi Goul Mossavi, Jawad Yaqoubi, Paul Dwyer, Sean Bacon, Gabriela Green Olea and Katy Green Loughrey

Date & Time Saturday, September 4 at 7:30pm
Where Online via Zoom
Cost FREE – Please consider donating to UNHCR’s Fundraising Campaign for Afghanistan.

Bookings essential as spaces are limited. Please book one ticket per household.

Recite a poem

We invite you to submit a poem to perform on the night. A handful of submissions will be selected by the artists. Please submit your poem when booking your ticket to the event. Poems can be up to 200 words.

Submissions for poems have now closed

You will be notified by Wednesday September 1 as to whether your poem has been selected. 

PYT Fairfield and the creative team acknowledge the enduring suffering and despair continuing in Afghanistan today and send our love and support to all of those who have been affected. Instead of purchasing a ticket to this event, please donate to UNHCR’s Fundraising Campaign for Afghanistan.

More about your hosts

Mahdi Mohammadi
Mahdi trained as a director at Kabul University. He co-founded Papyrus Theatre, which was awarded first prize at the Afghan National Theatre Festival, as well as touring to India and Sweden. In Australia, Mahdi has performed with the PYT Fairfield Ensemble and was a co-devisor/performer in PYT’s Tribunal.

Jawad Yaqoubi
Jawad runs a business as a plasterer, working on building sites all over Sydney. He worked as a male model and fitness trainer in Indonesia, before arriving in Australia and making his debut as a performer at Griffin Theatre in the premiere production of PYT’s Tribunal.

Bibi Goul Mossavi
Bibi trained in Media and Communications at Macquarie University and is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in psychology. She is a passionate advocate of women’s rights and equality and CALD representation in the performing arts space. As a performer with the PYT Fairfield Ensemble, she made a big splash in Swimming Pool, directed by Tessa Leong. Currently, Bibi works as a Programming Coordinator with the Sydney Opera House.

This project is proudly supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the NSW Government through Create NSW.

Special thanks to the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Sydney for their support on this event.

Image Credit: Anna Kucera
Image Decription: Mahdi is on the left, wearing a navy blue suit with a poetry book in his left hand. He is laughing and looking at Bibi, who is standing in the middle smiling. She is wearing a beautiful copper Afghani dress and a beaded necklace. Next to her, on her right stands Jawad in a white and gold traditional Afghani wear. His arms are crossed and he too is laughing. They are standing out the front of PYT Fairfield, behind them the sun sets on Fairfield.