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Refugees, Remembrance and Resilience: Weaving Together Frayed Lives

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

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A concert as part of the Frayed Lives, Threads of Hope program

Presented by the Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, the Being Human Festival and the University of Melbourne

Melba Hall, University of Melbourne

Friday 15th November, 7:00 pm

The Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, in collaboration with the Being Human Festival and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (University of Melbourne), invites you to a significant concert event celebrating asylum seekers’ community resilience. Refreshments will follow the concert. Please join us!

Refugees, Remembrance and Resilience presents a powerful program that captures the conflicted memories and emotions of remembrance for places, people and lives left behind, alongside contemporary works that mirror those meanings in the present. An exciting mix of performing artists will respond with musical and poetic 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.

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.

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.

Tickets are $15 for Adults and $10 for Concession. You can purchase your ticket using the buttons on the left-hand side of this page.


Our major sponsor: the University of Melbourne


AFAA is delighted to be partnering with the University of Melbourne on this initiative. For several years, the University of Melbourne’s Office of the Vice Chancellor has supported AFAA’s quarterly events and our annual Melbourne Salon.

2019 Faculty of Arts International Hub – Being Human Festival

  

This event is being held as part of the International Hub of Being Human Festival in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. Founded in the UK as the only national festival of the humanities, Being Human is now a global celebration dedicated to demonstrating the breadth, diversity and vitality of the humanities.


Dr Zachary Dunbar: Our musical curator

Zachary Dunbar is Senior lecturer in Theatre and Performing Arts Graduate Research Convenor (Faculty of Fine Arts & Music, University of Melbourne). He trained as a concert pianist and completed his studies as a Fulbright scholar at the Royal College of Music. Since then, he has also developed a freelance career as a theatre director, writer and composer whose works have been produced in the UK, Europe and Australia. As a scholar, he has several publications in Music theatre, Ancient drama, and Theatre history.


Confirmed performers

Kylie Supski, a prize-winning Polish-Australian poet/ performer

Concert cellist Blair Harris and vibraphonist Brandon Waterworth performing a work by Katy Abbott (Senior Lecturer in Composition, MCM)

Concert pianists Zachary Dunbar and Danae Killian, University of Melbourne/ Fulbright alumni

Melbourne- based Gambian singer and performing artist, Yusupha Ngum

Australian opera singer Heather Fletcher

Melbourne's premiere vocal ensemble the Consort of Melbourne

Poetry by Richard J Frankland, an Aboriginal Australian of the Gunditjmara Nation

The event will be hosted by Mara Adelman, Fulbright Alumna and Emeritus Associate Professor in Communications from Seattle University

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