Arts and Cultural Exchange - ACE

ACE is a Western Sydney community arts organisation working in the areas of cultural development, screen culture & digital technology I.C.E.

is a Western Sydney community arts organisation working in the areas of cultural development, screen culture & digital technology. The artwork in our banner image is by Harrison Earl, 2013.

Operating as usual


Joining us this month for A Western Sydney Book Club is journalist and best-selling author Sarah Ayoub!

Sarah has been published in The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, and many more. Her latest release is the picture book How to be a Friend.

Mark your calendars and join us at this month’s session! Register now:


Following the successful 2023 Production Accounting Screen Trades pilot, Arts and Cultural Exchange - ACE and Entertainment Partners Powered by Moneypenny will join forces again to present ‘Production Accounting Essentials 2024’ with JANE CORDEN, Managing Director EP

WHERE: ACE, Parramatta
WHEN: Fri 1st & Sat 2nd March 2024 from 10am-4pm
WHO: Workshops are open to all participants. Participants from First Nations and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

If you have some knowledge or prior experience of accounting and wish to employ those skills in local film and TV production, this workshop could be a first step towards a career in the screen industry.

If you’re an early career filmmaker, this workshop will develop your understanding of budgets and cost reports and could open up freelance employment opportunities.

For more information about the workshop and to register visit our Website:

This is a FREE workshop, but places are strictly limited.

Applications close 5pm, Monday 26 Feb 2024.

A project of ACE in partnership with EP, supported by Screen NSW and Screenrights Cultural Fund.


Join on Monday February 5th for the official launch of Povo.

Celebrate the release of their radical and transformative new anthology with performance readings from Forever Tupou, Katie Shammas, Yasir Elgamil, Natalia Figueroa Barroso and Daniel Nour. Hosted by Povo editor, Adam Novaldy Anderson and Sweatshop General Manager, Winnie Dunn.

Proudly presented by Sweatshop Literacy Movement in partnership with Better Read Than Dead

Please visit their linktree for further info and bookings:

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2023 was another milestone year for ACE, with a spectacular array of events and initiatives contributing to the cultural fibre of Western Sydney and beyond.

Our remarkable moments included the presentations of Jannawi Dance Clan's brand new Garrigarrang Badu, the inaugural SWANA Film Festival, ACE PRESENTS PARRALANES showcasing early career DJs from the area, A Western Sydney Book Club's inaugural panel discussion Bittersweet Dreams, and Club Weld's Western Sydney tour. These events reflect the impact of our programs, made possible by the generous and loyal support of our funders, community, friends, and colleagues.

These are just a handful of the unforgettable moments of 2023! We look forward to making many more with you in 2024.


Get your bookmarks out and calendar notes prepped, because A Western Sydney Book Club returns Fri, 1 March for its first installment of 2024!

This month, Sarah Ayoub facilitates the discussion on ‘Songs for the Dead and the Living’ by Sara M Saleh, a collection of poetry highlighting the human experience and strength of refugees, inviting readers on a journey through emotional landscapes of displacement, longing and belonging.

This month’s session is not to be missed!

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Today we amplify the words of Uncle Chris Tobin, who said in ACE's most recent Dharug Voices video:

"Aboriginal Australians show the rest of the world that human beings can live on a whole continent, different countries side by side."


Arts & Cultural Exchange Parramatta, in collaboration with Training Services NSW, Screen NSW, Screenrights, and TAFE NSW, is pleased to announce a new fee-free program designed to provide foundational training in Visual Effects (VFX) for emerging First Nations artists. It will run for 2 weeks starting on January 29, 2024 at TAFE NSW Nepean Campus, followed by work placement opportunities in industry.

Here is the enrolment link for anyone interested!


SBS recently interviewed Fariba Rahimi, facilitator of ACE Multicultural Women’s Hub’s weekly sewing group. Having fled war-torn Afghanistan at age 15, Fariba details her journey of personal resilience and her mission to share this strength with others. Through teaching fellow migrant and refugee women sewing skills with the support of ACE, Fariba offers these women a sense of community, connection and friendship as they talk and laugh over the hum of sewing machines.

To read the full article, head to:


Unlock the secret to securing funding for your creative endeavours! Government funding, grants, awards, and procurement can be the lifeblood of your arts business, but navigating the process requires effort and patience. Join us at ACE Parramatta on 31 Jan for Funding Guidelines for Creatives and learn how to write, win, and manage funding successfully. Your artistic dreams await! For full event details and where to sign up, head to:


Grab your bestie, because Sonic Soul’s Syndicate is bringing you Xander’s Out Westie with my Bestie party in 2024!

Join us on 20 Jan at ACE Parramatta for a night radiating with office rave energy, featuring a stellar line-up of DJs and alternative artists – including ACE’s Sonic Soul’s Syndicate artists and HALF QUEEN a NZ based DJ whose sets are just as unapologetic and empowering as her presence in every space!

Tickets are available now for just $20! Grab your tickets today at:

Free for Mob and Fem Queens! Please DM us.

This initiative is proudly supported by the NSW Government through the Culture Up Late Western Sydney program.

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Our latest instalment of Dharug Voices 🖤💛❤️ is now available to watch on the ACE website!

This instalment features Dharug Knowledge Holder Chris Tobin in Parramatta Park, engaging with the Country to share art and heritage as he uses the bark as his canvas to paint survival, connection, and community strength.

Be the first to watch the episode, and head to our website now at:

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On Saturday 25 November, three brilliant Arab-Australian female writers joined us at Arts & Cultural Exchange in a fascinating and insightful panel discussion.

In celebration of their new books, Ruby Hamad facilitated the discussion with author Amal Awad and journalist Simone Amelia Jordan, speaking about their work across forms and navigating the media industry.

From Ruby Hamad's landmark of intersectional feminism WHITE TEARS/BROWN SCARS to Simone Amelia Jordan's groundbreaking R&B and rap platforms Urban Hitz and HipHop Bible, and Amal Awad's moving new novel Bitter & Sweet, these powerhouses brought their intellect and energy, as well as represented the range of contemporary Arab-Australian women at an event that will be remembered by all involved.

Be sure to keep an eye out for more engaging and dynamic events from ACE's Multicultural Women's Hub in 2024!

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Congratulations to Paul Struthers for curating the 2nd year of First Films Festival at Golden Age Cinema & Bar

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Our friends at Accessible Arts in partnership with the MCA is delighted to celebrate International Day of People with Disability with the World Premiere of ArtScreen 2023. This program was made possible thanks to support from Arts & Cultural Exchange.

Check out new video artworks by artists Sofya Gollan and Guy Morgan. These unique and compelling works aim to broaden engagement with the distinctive insights and skills of artists with disability or who are d/Deaf.

Screening at the MCA from 30 Nov – 3 Dec.
Thurs 3pm – 5pm
Sat 11am – 4pm (Q&A with the Artists from 2pm – 3pm)
Sun 11am – 4pm

The video artworks will be screened on a loop and will feature Auslan-interpreted, captioned and audio-described versions. The Q&A with the artists will be live captioned and Auslan interpreted.

FREE event - no bookings required.

For details, visit

Image Descriptions: A photo of artist Guy Morgan standing in front of artworks. Photo by Rob Harley, courtesy Urban Village; Headshot of artist Sofya Gollan. She has short-cropped red hair and is wearing a striped top.

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From 15 Dec, Jonathan Jones’ brilliant exhibition ‘untitled (transcriptions of country)’ – for which ACE’s Embroiderers Collective collaborated with Jonathan – will be presented for Artspace’s opening of its new redevelopment.

The Embroiderers Collective is a project of the Multicultural Women’s Hub working in collaboration with Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi artist Jonathan Jones. This project enacted, in real-time, cultural understanding and exchange between First Nations and migrant communities.

Through the project, the Embroiderers shared with Jonathan – and First Nations Cultural practitioners – their own experiences of country, displacement and colonial legacies. In retracing these colonial narratives, the gatherings unpicked the intricacies of these stories and created powerful, multi-layered networks of exchange and collaboration.

Be sure to join us and Artspace Sydney for the opening celebrations of this exhibition on Fri, 15 Dec and Sat, 16 Dec. Don’t miss the panel with the Embroiderers in conversation with Jonathan Jones and Yamane Fayed on Saturday 16th December at 11.30am at Artspace.

For more info and where to reserve your spot, visit:




What does your alter ego look like? develop costumes and props that highlight personal experiences and connections to places, and make fictional/fantastical self-portraits of alternative identities, shape shifting and new worlds.

Join us on Dec 13 to hear all about from the facilitators Al Joel and Luna.
They will talk about their respective artistic practices, jobs, and show examples of their work.

We will also go through the PARRALLAX Workshops happening in January.

Open to all young people in Western Sydney aged 15-25.

Register at:

DATE: Wednesday 13 December
TIME: 6-8pm
LOCATION: Arts &Cultural Exchange Parramatta (ACE), 8 Victoria Rd, Parramatta, 2150

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Picture of Everything is a compilation by artists from ACE’s Club Weld program for neurodiverse musicians, including Charbel Nehme, Adoni, Sienna Acquaro, Chris Stiles & Anthony Talarico, Patrick Li, Jerrah Patston, Nina Gotsis & Jonathan Yung.

Supported by the program's facilitators Sam Worrad, Pasko Schravemade, Annais Gallo, June Jones & Aether Tabris as well as guest artists and producers June Jones, Toby Martin, Eric Kempke & Chris Hamer-Smith.

The album’s beautiful artwork is by Anthony Mannix.

The album is available to listen to now on Spotify (courtesy of ABC Music) and ACE’s Bandcamp! For more details, head to:

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Special thanks to our panelists Helen Tuck, Liz Keogh Palmer, Hebah Ali, Fiona Donovan and Emily James who generously shared their industry knowledge with Screen Trades eager audience of emerging production designers and screen practitioners of colour.

A great start to a fruitful partnership between ACE and APDG, supported by Screen NSW and Screenrights Cultural Fund


First Films is a new film festival dedicated to introducing Sydney audiences to daring debut works from emerging directors. Celebrating its second year with 4 Australian premieres and 1 Sydney premiere, First Films will take place from 24 – 26th November 2023 at Golden Age Cinema and Bar in Surry Hills, Sydney. Check out the program below, which includes the fantastic film GIRL -


📢 Just ONE Week Left! You Can't Miss This! 📢

Bittersweet Dreams is on the horizon, featuring three outstanding Arab-Australian women in a captivating panel discussion at ACE, Parramatta. Join us as Ruby Hamad, Amal Awad, and Simone Amelia Jordan share their insights and experiences.

Last tickets available – Secure your spot NOW:

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Iya Ware’s ‘Scrubbers’ has been short-listed in the first round of this year’s SBS Digital Originals.

ACE was thrilled to support writer/creator Iya Ware and collaborator Tommy Misa with early development of ‘Scrubbers’ earlier this year through Pacific Noir, our incubator program for creatives from Pasifika communities. We see great things on the horizon for Iya’s comedy series about a black-owned roadhouse on the Nullabour plains.

For more info on all things Screen Cultures, visit:


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Come work with us! ✨✨

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We’d love to hear from you 🌼
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🚨 Less Than Two Weeks to Go! Get Ready for an Epic Event! 🚨

Join Amal and Simone alongside the remarkable journalist, author, and academic Ruby Hamad. Her work has been featured globally, notably her best-selling debut, ‘WHITE TEARS/BROWN SCARS’.

Book your tickets for Nov 25, 2pm – 4pm:

Act Fast – Tickets Going Quickly!

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Big thanks to Safy Amadou and Ebube Uba for representing ACE at the 2023 FBi Radio SMAC Awards! It was an honour for our program SWANA Film Festival to be nominated for Best Arts Program, and congratulations to all of this year’s winners.

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Join us for the launch of Picture of Everything - the latest album release from ACE’s Club Weld program for neurodiverse musicians, with autism and other cognitive conditions.

Featuring the work of Adoni, Sienna Acquaro, Nina Gotsis, Charbel Nehme, Patrick Li, Chris Stiles, Anthony Talarico, Jonathan Yung & Electrik Luv (supported by Sam, Pasko, June, Annais, Aether & Caroline).

The Picture of Everything project was funded by CreateNSW.

This concert was commissioned by Western Sydney Creative.

Date: Tues 14 Nov
Time: 12:30 - 2:00pm

Venue: The MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour & Development
Westmead Innovation Quarter
Building U, Level 4
160 Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead

Registration for this free event is essential! Book now at:


We are extremely proud of the strides forward our Screen Trades program continues to take in addressing key skills shortages in below-the-line jobs in the Australian screen industry. Since 2022, the program has offered significant support to early career practitioners from First Nations and culturally diverse communities, and intersectional demographics in Western Sydney.

We are now working in collaboration with industry partners to roll out the next phase of the Screen Trades pathways. 2024 will see new intakes for the Assistant Camera skill set working with Panavision Australia, and the Production Accounting skill set with Entertainment Partners powered by Moneypenny, as well as ‘Note-Taking’ and ‘Script Coordination’ building on our partnership with the Australian Writers’ Guild. New skill sets will be piloted including Location Scouting & Management with Ecomlocations, Production Design with the Australian Production Design Guild, and a First Nation VFX Artist pilot with TAFE NSW with the state-of-the-art facilities at the Nepean-Kingswood campus.

We encourage anyone interested in getting involved in these upcoming programs to head to the ACE website and register your interest for Screen Trades. For more information, visit:

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Australia's most successful hip-hop journalist Simone Amelia Jordan is taking the stage at ‘Bittersweet Dreams’ on Nov 25. As the founder of Urban Hitz and former content director of The Source, she's a trailblazer in every sense of the word. Join her to discuss her first book, ‘Tell Her She’s Dreamin’.

Essential registration – Book here:

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