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Refugees, Remembrance and Resilience: Weaving Together Frayed Lives

  • 15 Nov 2019
  • 7:00 PM
  • Melba Hall, University of Melbourne



REFUGEES, REMEMBRANCE AND RESILIENCE is a significant community-building concert event celebrating asylum seekers’ community resilience by bringing together performing artists, associated charities, resources and supporters of the global refugee crisis.

Image credit: Amnesty International Australia

The exciting mix of performing artists are responding with musical offerings to the notion of remembrance, the act of looking back at one’s past, and resilience, the act of weaving frayed lives into a new, stronger community. The programme will offer an interesting juxtaposition of classical repertoire that captures the conflicted memories and emotions of remembrance for places, people and lives left behind, alongside contemporary songs and music that mirror those meanings in the present. We hope to feature for instance Aboriginal performers in acknowledging the displacement of first nations peoples from their own lands, but also their resilience and continuity, alongside singer songwriters and classical artists with their own personal reflections. There is a planned intermission with refreshments and speeches from AFAA and community organisations.

Funds raised by the Remembrance and Resilience event will help pay for AFAA’s annual symposium salons. This year the salons entitled ‘Frayed Lives’ are being hosted in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and brings people with lived experience, representatives from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, performers and Fulbright scholars to discuss the global refugee crisis and identify opportunities to strengthen local action.

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