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In collaboration with diaspora artists from Australia and around the world, Bukjeh is an installation in a disaster relief tent, and a series of short performances created with people who have been forced to leave their homes, in response to children's questions about refugees..
Bukjeh is the signature event of the Bukjeh enterprise. Since its first iteration as a simple one-day activation at the Melbourne Immigration Museum in 2018, Bukjeh has gone on to be presented dozens of times at sites across Victoria, engaging more than 5,000 audience with the support of multiple government and private funders.
Developed and performed with a wide variety of artists from origins right around the world, Bukjeh takes place inside a repurposed disaster relief tent, presenting a series of honest, powerful snapshots of the refugee experience.
Bukjeh connects people of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Bukjeh is to empower people who might feel out of the conversation about the reasons and impacts of global migration because they do not know the ‘right’ questions to ask, or due to fear of saying the ‘wrong thing’.
January 2018 – Immigration Museum, Melbourne
June 2019 – Bunjil Place Studio Theatre
June 2019 – St Paul’s African House, Shepparton
November 2019 – Footscray Community Arts Centre
March 2021 – The Drum Theatre, Dandenong
April 2021 – City of Whittlesea
Bukjeh can be staged in a traditional theatre, studio space, unconventional indoor space or even in the right circumstances, outdoors. It can be presented for an intimate audience of up to 50, or for larger groups in “theatre mode”.
Bukjeh can be presented as a standalone performance, or it can be the culmination of a week of community engagement activities with local communities or schools.
Cast x 6; Crew x 3
Running time: 40 mins