29 May, 2019

The Cowra Voices project has received additional funding from the Japan Foundation, Sydney’s Arts and Culture grants program. The funds are specifically for the launch of Cowra Voices app, which will be in early August, coinciding with the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Cowra Breakout.

The Japan Foundation’s Arts and Culture grants program supports a range of arts and culture project such as performances, exhibitions, and festivals, to bring the work of Japanese artists, or Japanese arts and cultural content, to Australian audiences.

We will now be working with the Cowra Breakout – 75TH Anniversary Commemorations to finalise details of our launch on August 4. Watch this space!

Japan Foundation

March 15, 2019

Software Developer Sazae to build Cowra Voices app

Cowra Voices has signed a contract with IT Consulting and Software Development company Sazae to develop the geolocative, storytelling app.

Sazae is a small, Sydney based company specialising in web and mobile application development, online marketing and IT consulting. Staff members are from diverse backgrounds, and Sazae works in a number of languages including English, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese.

Founder and Director of Sazae Ayumi Mizoshiri will be the lead the project team along with Project Manager Jinah You to develop Cowra Voices.

Ayumi MIzoshiri, Founder/Director of Sazae holding a ‘sazae’, a kind of shellfish. ‘Sazae san’ is also the name of a much loved Japanese comic series. Photo supplied

March 11, 2019

Nancy Shelley Bequest Fund Support for Cowra Voices

Cowra Voices has received additional funding from the Nancy Shelley Bequest Fund to help further the project’s work in the areas of Indigenous concerns and peace.

The Nancy Shelley Bequest Fund is the responsibility of the Blue Mountains Quaker Meeting (NSW), and is intended to provide financial assistance for projects or activities that support Nancy Shelley’s concerns and passions, identified as matters relating to peace, indigenous concerns, matters relating to women’s education and leadership particularly in relation to music and mathematics, and also concerns of the local Blue Mountains Meeting and Australia Yearly Meeting [also known as the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Australia].

To learn more about Nancy Shelley, click here

To learn more about the Nancy Shelley Bequest Fund, click here

To learn more about the presence of Quakers in Australia, their history and their concerns, click here

Nancy Shelley, photo supplied

Quakers_QuakersLogo (Nancy Shelley Bequest Fund)

March 5, 2019

Cowra Breakout Association Supports for Cowra Voices

Cowra Voices has received additional funding from The Cowra Breakout Association to conclude work on the app. Cowra Voices will be launched as part of the Cowra Breakout Association’s 75th Anniversary Commemorations.

Breakout Association Logo

September 17, 2018

Cowra Voices project begins recording ‘voices’ in Cowra

Cowra Voices project facilitators Mayu Kanamori and Masako Fukui arrived in Cowra today to begin recording all the ‘voices’ and stories for the app.

After a meeting with project partner ABC Central West, Mayu and Masako met with former Cowra Council mayor Bruce Miller about the Saburo Nagakura Park and Cowra born and Cowra Guardian journalist Kelsey Sutor about Sakura Avenue.

The Cowra Voices team will be in Cowra until September 22nd. More information is in our blog.

September 11, 2018

Cowra Voices project receives continued funding from Australia-Japan Foundation, Cowra Council and Cowra Breakout Association

Cowra Voices storytelling project has received continued funding from the Australia-Japan Foundation and additional funding from Cowra Council to create the geolocative storytelling app. The grant will enable the project to record the peace and reconciliation stories unique to Cowra, to build and test the app, due to be launched in August 2019.

In mid-September, the recordings of the stories which will comprise the app will begin in Cowra.


February 18, 2018

Cowra Voices storytelling project begins with visit to Cowra with Japanese students

Cowra Voices App Diagram
Cowra Voices App Diagram, Chie Muraoka Designer

Nikkei Australia members will accompany six design students from Tokai University’s Sapporo campus on a visit Cowra between February 23rd and 25th to begin work on Cowra Voices.

The university students will homestay with Cowra locals and visit famous sites including the cemeteries, Japanese Gardens, the Peace Bell, and POW Camp Site. They will have the opportunity to meet representatives of Cowra Council and learn about Cowra’s history. They will contribute to the technical and aesthetic design of the app, which is expected to be launched at the 75th anniversary of the Cowra Breakout in August, 2019.

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