Womenjika and Shalom
On Sunday 6th December, will be the 82nd anniversary of an act of great moral leadership, where an Upstanding group of Aboriginal people took a stance on behalf of a distant population of persecuted Jews - that has since brought together 2 communities, who now Walk Together in solidarity evermore, connecting and healing.
And 10 years ago saw two seemingly-random and disparate events occur again on opposite sides of the world:
- In Jerusalem in December 2010, the most significant Holocaust Memorial in the world, Yad Vashem, hosted a group of 10 Aboriginal people along with then-Foreign Minister of Australia, the Hon Kevin Rudd, as he unveiled a Chair of Resistance and Resilience to the Holocaust, honouring an Australian from the Yorta Yorta "mob", a man who lived many years at a place called Cummeragunja.
- And back in Australia in 2010, on Country, there was the Premiere of the Short Black Opera Company production of Pecan Summer, telling the story of the "Walk-Off" by a group of Aboriginal activists, from that very same Aboriginal Mission, Cummeragunja.
Both of these events have huge and fascinating back-stories - which each weave their way to a remarkable organisation called the Austalian Aborigines' League, explored for us by educator and orator, Dr Lois Peeler AM.
This year, on 6 December 2020, the story will be told, including footage and photography from that (and other) trips to Israel, and to Berlin, Belgium and even Buckingham Palace.
Amongst other appropriate entertainment, you will get to witness the Prelude "Pecan Summer", composed by Yorta Yorta's Prof Deborah Cheetham and performed by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra conducted under the Jewish community's Dr David Kram.
Additional celebrity performances include Kate Ceberano, Lior and Paul Grabowsky, along with multilingual productions of cultural music like Ngarre Burra Ferra and the Partisan's Song.
This is truly an hour not to be missed.
Please find an explanatory colour flier attached (versions with/without border) for immediate dissemination.
Registration information is on the Flier; this online Event is free of charge. Stand-alone link is further below.
Although the Flier announces a 2pm start, interstate viewers will need to note that is Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), and adjust their diairising accordingly.
We can't wait til Sunday 6th for you to log-on to this educational and entertaining event!
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