About Nina

Nina Angelo was born in Athens, Greece and migrated to Sydney, Australia with her parents in June, 1949.

Nina Angelo was born in Athens, Greece, shortly after WW2 and migrated to Sydney, Australia in June 1949 with her parents, both survivors of the Nazi concentration camps.

In the early 60s, Nina nourished her passion as an artist at the National Art School, experimenting with many art forms before settling on her life-long journey with textiles. Her community work and artistic and cultural heritage led her on countless adventures across Australia, the Pacific Islands and ultimately, back to Europe.

While overcoming significant challenges from ‘frying pan to fire’; Nina has founded, coordinated, publicised, taught and work-shopped creative and community arts and festival events, for over thirty years. She is a colourful character with a gift for connection with people of all ages and cultures.

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What’s Nina up to… NINA’S ART SHOW & TELL

WHEN: From the 25th February to the 18th March 2021

WHERE: Like Minds Cafe, Avoca

Since 2017 Nina has been documenting her life through visual art. It’s her stories in colour, shapes and forms… This culminates in an exhibition/event from the 25th February 2021, at the “Like Minds” in Avoca Beach NSW. Apart for showcasing her journey through her art, she will also be sharing stories and poetry from her book “Don’t Cry, Dance”.

As Nina likes her art to have a functional use, some of her art will be available on mugs, cards, rocks, paintings, and oral stories.

Nina Angelo, a community artist & storyteller who has lived on the Central Coast for 45 years, is here to leave a legacy.

A woman of many creative talents, Nina is an artist, a story teller and a self-published author of her first book, a memoir of War Love and Forgiveness, “Don’t Cry, Dance”, a story celebrating her parents meeting in Auschwitz, surviving the holocaust and their love story. Its also Nina’s story as their first new life after losing all their family.

Nina is also a celebrant, a motivational speaker & a respected community elder. Nina has held various events, workshops & has contributed immensely to the Arts and Cultural life on the Central Coast for over 40 years. This earned her the high honour in the 2009 Queen birthday honours list as an OAM Order of Australia Medal for her “Service to the Arts and the Central Coast Community”

And she continues to do so.

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 Don’t Cry, Dance
A memoir of war, love & forgiveness



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Yanka was a 16 year old Polish school girl when the war broke out and the Nazis came for her family. She wrote her story of survival, typing it herself right until the part when she was taken by the Gestapo. She could not type this alone, so her daughter Nina suggested the family interview her, and together they taped her experiences in Auschwitz-Birkenow concentration camps.

Nina is one of the originals, a passionate Australian, a travelling community artist, who harks back to the 1960s and 70s National Art School scene in East Sydney. Nina continues to serve her Central Coast community and many other communities worldwide with her own version of a dance with fabric and paints, drawing story and connection from all she encounters.

“Don’t Cry, Dance” is her family’s memoir celebrating and honouring life, love, family and tolerance of people from all cultures, colours and creeds.

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