Post­cards to tell sto­ries at PIAF

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage -

PERTH In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val artis­tic di­rec­tor Jonathan Hol­loway is ask­ing the WA com­mu­nity to open their fam­ily tree and share an Anzac story for the Post­cards from Home project, com­mem­o­rat­ing the cen­te­nary of Anzac.

Telling the story of a grand­par­ent, par­ent, fam­ily mem­ber or friend is as sim­ple as com­plet­ing an Anzac pro­file on the PIAF web­site.

School stu­dents from across the State will hon­our their mem­ory by writ­ing a post­card back to an Anzac they have come to know through the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment, which will con­tain a dig­i­tal link to the spe­cific sol­dier’s on­line pro­file.

The project will cul­mi­nate when the post­cards fea­ture in the sur­prise fi­nale of PIAF’s open­ing event of The Gi­ants at Lan­g­ley Park on Fe­bru­ary 15.

“We knew we wanted to take Anzac sto­ries and find in­di­vid­ual truth in them rather than statis­tics and we knew the fi­nal mo­ments of the per­for­mance could in­clude an in­ter­ac­tive el­e­ment with the crowd,” Hol­loway said.

“So our fam­ily and ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor Jemma Gur­ney de­vised the Post­cards from Home project, which de­liv­ers gen­uine con­nec­tion for young peo­ple to the past and a real en­gage­ment with this land­mark event.

“In or­der to ex­plain what the project was, Jemma pro­duced a pro­file of her grand­fa­ther who fought in World War I and I was im­me­di­ately cap­ti­vated, as we all were, by the idea of a nor­mal man be­ing a hero.”

Hol­loway said it was a tiny yet per­fectly formed project as part of a gen­uinely gi­ant un­der­tak­ing.

Share your Anzac story at perth fes­ti­val.com.au

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