Cowra Voices is a storytelling project based in the Central West region of NSW, Australia. Beginning in February, 2018 and concluding in August, 2019 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Cowra Breakout, this project aims to link people and places by creating a geo-location capable storytelling app–much like a heritage trail app–exploring Cowra’s unique story of civic peace and reconciliation.
Cowra Voices aims to facilitate a deeper, more intimate engagement with Cowra’s history through audio/multimedia storytelling. Cowra is the home of the famous Cowra Breakout by Japanese prisoners of war, one of the largest attempts at escaping prison during WWII.
Cowra Voices app includes stories of the Wiradjuri elders as well as personal histories of people buried at Cowra Japanese War Cemetery, and local narratives of grassroots peace building by members of the local Cowra community.
Cowra Voices also involves students from Tokai University, Sapporo Campus who are contributing to the design of the app. Students visited Cowra in February, 2018 to learn about Cowra’s unique history, immerse themselves in the local community and culture.
Cowra Voices is partly funded by the Australian government through the Australia-Japan Foundation Grant 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Cowra Council, and the Cowra Breakout Association.
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