Image by Peter Dibdin


Pop Icons

Date 01.01.2022 - 31.01.2022


Pop Icons is a participatory project engaging with migrant and refugee communities to celebrate the heritage of international pop culture. This project challenges ideas of whose culture is mainstream and whose is peripheral.

This inter-community and inter-generational project shares the heritage of the big international moment of music from the 1970s. In particular, in Sydney, local artists will work with migrant communities from the Middle Eastern community and beyond – celebrating the cultures that these communities have brought to Australia.

Pop Icons aims to discover a shared language of celebrating popular culture by finding the songs and pop stars known within a community, and sharing it with people outside of that community.

About the artist

The Javaad Alipoor Company takes stories beyond the stage through powerful multi-platform creations that explore the intersection of politics and technology. Founded in 2017, the Company works with diverse artists for diverse communities and audiences.

Javaad began by writing a trilogy of plays about how technology, resentment and fracturing identities are changing the world. The Believers Are But Brothers opened in Edinburgh and won a Fringe First before touring internationally. BBC and The Space commissioned the show for television, and it was adapted and produced by the Company.

The sequel – Rich Kids: A History of Shopping Malls in Tehran premiered in 2019, also winning a Fringe First. The pandemic inspired the creation of a new digital version, which continues to be shown around the world.

Since March 2020, the Company has produced other digital-based projects including a podcast entitled The Colour of Our Politics, and What Is A Muslim – a pilot project exploring Muslim identity and political geography.

Creative Team

  • Produced by The Javaad Alipoor Company in partnership with The National Theatre of Parramatta.