Bukjeh translates to ‘a small pack of belongings carried by travelers’.We encourage our communities to share their art and stories, embracing the diverse range of storytelling forms-spoken word, music, songs, visual arts and language.
Bukjeh builds social cohesion, harmony and inclusion of those who have been displaced, creating a culturally safe space by embracing and respecting diversity of background, experience, ideas, thoughts and feelings. Bukjeh delivers a range of projects and activities to audiences all over Australia through virtual and in person programs & projects.
This project puts new and diverse communities and their stories front and centre for us all to share. The refugee storytellers are new to Australia, or have been here for a long time, unfamiliar with the Australian mainstream, or perhaps they have chosen to live their lives as if they were still in their homeland, some of who are involved in arts and culture projects and for some, this is their very first adventure in the arts.
At Bukjeh, our mission is to provide unique and exciting experiences that promote intercultural connections. We are dedicated to creating safe spaces and encouraging a future that values cultural identities and unique life experiences. Our commitment to the community is evident in our diverse, inclusive and respectful work, suitable for all ages and backgrounds.
Changing the world, through our own voices, one story at a time.
Creating safe cultural spaces for refugee and migrant communities to engage with and share their cultural practices in ways that enables the building of social fabric, transforming sites of inequity into opportunities for celebration and inclusion.
Get to know our founder, Aseel.
Aseel Tayah is a leading practitioner, creative producer and the founder and CEO of Bukjeh, her work is deeply committed to making change while sharing arts, culture and education.
She has been sharing her passion, working with communities locally, nationally, and internationally.
Pharmacy was Aseel first start in her career, which inspired her to create magical interactions, and healing gatherings, she studied Masters in Art, and taught gifted children in various schools visual and performing art.
Aseel’s advocacy for her communities need has led to her leadership in the field. Her excellent projects and collaborations continually contribute to the change she wants to see in the world. She works with the government, not-for-profit, universities, art and culture organisations to build a bridge and connect communities, making a more inclusive future for her people.
Aseel’s creative practice has richness in the variety of projects she delivers, from making art with youth in the prison to building the first toy library in her homeland, she creates theatre, directs musical shows, and facilitates cultural development projects around the globe. Whilst Aseel has been collaborating with major venues and organisations she is known for her work for social change, refugee rights, climate change, and first nations struggle internationally.
Aseel’s work focuses on diversifying the spaces and creating work with her people, for them, and about them authentically. Started her career in Melbourne as a storyteller, to now lead Bukjeh’s, an organisation, movement, and community of storytellers and talented practitioners shaping the art stages in every way possible.
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