Cowra Voices launched
Launched August 3: COWRA VOICES is a geolocative storytelling app exploring Cowra’s unique history of peace and friendship with Japan.
On Saturday, August 3, 2019, Cowra Voices storytelling app was launched in Cowra as part of the 75th anniversary commemorations of the Cowra Breakout.
The app’s launch marks the end of a long road for the Cowra Voices team. Nearly four years from inception to completion, the Cowra Voices was launched in before an audience of around 100 guests at Cowra Civic Centre.
A huge congratulations from Arts OutWest to the Cowra Voices team, especially Mayu Kanamori and Jacque Schultze who brought us into the project as partners. Art OutWest has been delighted to be a partner on this important cultural tourism initiative (full list of partners and funders below).
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.
A Welcome to Country was given by Albert Murray, followed by a vote of gratitude to the Cowra Voices team from Cowra Mayor Councillor Bill West. Cowra Voices Project Manager Jacque Schultze gave guests an overview of the app and thanked the storytellers, most of whom were in the audience.
Masako Fukui presented a demonstration of the app, with Mayu Kanamori stage managing and producing the event with the help of Marc Mcleish from Cowra Council. Cowra Council General Manager Paul Devery was the MC of the event.
The rest of the weekend was devoted to promoting the app to visitors to Cowra.
Photos by Helen Carpenter, Mayu Kanamori, Sana Hyuga
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.