Postcards to tell stories at PIAF
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