About This Project
International communities together with the Aboriginal and broader communities – creating connections around the idea of ‘home’ through music, art and stories.
The project, entitled ‘HOME’, brings people together physically as they participate in creative activities and events, but also encourages deeper emotional links as participants reflect on what ‘home’ means to them. Regardless of who we are, or where we have come from, we share feelings about what ‘home’ means and are united in our connection to place.
The multi-arts project included the creation of a community choir and drumming group, photographic portraits and storytelling.
The choir and drumming groups are a forum for connection – music can speak across borders! The groups met regularly and created a diverse and multicultural repertoire. They have performed at community events including Armidale’s Old Teachers’ College Open Day, The HealthWISE Christmas Party, No Shame Day 2015 and Harmony Day 2016.
Choir members called the group Bhing Nomb’n which is Sudanese for ‘All the cultures of the world’.
The choir and drumming groups offered an opportunity for the international community to develop their English language skills through song, it gave everyone the chance to share their own musical culture, develop new friendships, find common ground and develop a sense of place here in Armidale.
A participatory portrait, scrapbooking and storytelling project has run parallel to the musical groups. Artist Raphaela Rosella has captured photographic portraits and personal stories from the local international community, Aboriginal community and others in Armidale. The portraits and stories will feature in an art installation at the New England Regional Art Museum in 2016.
This project has received support from Multicultural NSW’s Unity Grants Program.