On Saturday, August 3, 2019, Cowra Voices storytelling app was launched in Cowra as part of the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Cowra Breakout.
The app’s launch marks the end of a long road for the Cowra Voices team. Nearly four years from inception to completion, the Cowra Voices was launched in before an audience of around 100 guests at Cowra Civic Centre.
A Welcome to Country was given by Albert Murray, followed by a vote of gratitude to the Cowra Voices team from Cowra Mayor Councillor Bill West. Cowra Voices Project Manager Jacque Schultze gave guests an overview of the app and thanked the storytellers, most of whom were in the audience.
Masako Fukui presented a demonstration of the app, with Mayu Kanamori stage managing and producing the event with the help of Marc Mcleish from Cowra Council. Cowra Council General Manager Paul Devery was the MC of the event.
It was great to see Tracey Callinan of project partner Arts OutWest, as well as Debra Hazelton and Veronica Taylor from Australia-Japan Foundation, which funded Cowra Voices for two successive years. We were also grateful that Jennifer Burrell, Wies Schuiringa and Susan Neville representing the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), another of our funding bodies, could attend.
The Cowra Voices team were interviewed by a number of Australian and Japanese media organisations including NHK, Japan’s public broadcaster, ABC Central West, Kyodo News, Asahi Shimbun, among others. Here are some links to some news stories about Cowra Voices launch.
The rest of the weekend was spent promoting the Cowra Voices app to tourists at the Cowra Visitor Information Centre, as well as attending the Cowra Breakout 75th anniversary commemorative events.
Text by Masako Fukui; Photos by Mayu Kanamori, Sana Hyuga
Download Cowra Voices free: cowravoices.org