Cowra Voices launch as part of Cowra Breakout 75th anniversary program
COWRA VOICES is a geolocative storytelling app exploring Cowra’s unique history of peace and friendship with Japan.
The Cowra Voices project team successfully completed test driving the app last week in Cowra, and are now ‘tweaking’ and refining the app’s functionalities and content in time for the official launch on Saturday 3 August, 2019 as part of the Cowra Breakout 75th Anniversary Program.
The stories in Cowra Voices link place, people and history through intimate audio stories narrated by Cowra community members.
Stories about ten key locations of symbolic importance in Cowra history as well as personal stories of five people buried in the Cowra Japanese War Cemetery are included in this app, enabling a more intimate engagement with history. Cowra Voices brings to light stories that remain unknown or unacknowledged, yet belong to all Australians.
Cowra Voices will be launched by Cowra Mayor Councillor Bill West at 10 am, Cowra Civic Centre, Darling Street COWRA.
Cowra Voices was created by members of Nikkei Australia, in partnership with Cowra Council, Cowra Tourism Corporation, Arts OutWest, and Japan’s Tokai University design students from Sapporo (Hokkaido) campus. Audio recording support was provided by ABC Central West. App developer was Sazae Pty Ltd.
COWRA VOICES app is free to download cowravoices.org
Cowra Voices was funded by the Australian Government through the Australia-Japan Foundation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Cowra Council; The Bruce and Margaret Weir Trust; The Nancy Shelley Bequest Fund (Quakers Australia); The Japan Foundation, Sydney; and The Cowra Breakout Association.
Image: Tokai University students visit Cowra to learn about the history and culture and contribute design ideas for the interactive Cowra Voices app. Photo: Mayu Kanamori.