Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund

In September last year CACD company Big hART received support from the The ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund, Production and Commissioning Fund for the creative development process of ‘Samurai Digger’. The Production and Commissioning Fund supported high quality, high-reach artistic creations and events that commemorate the ANZAC Centenary.

Samurai Digger is a cross-cultural theatre project about peacemaking between cultures after World War Two. The Australian/Japanese performance is inspired by one man’s quest to return Samurai swords taken by Australian soldiers during the Second World War.

Samurai Digger “is a project about peacemaking … that peace is not just an absence of war, but an active human process” said Big hART’s National Producer Sophia Marinos.

During the development process the crew are collecting stories from the families involved in regional and rural areas in different states in Australia as well as in Nara in Japan.


SYDNEY: Paul Glynn (right) shares the story of his brother Tony’s peacekeeping mission returning Samurai Swords to Japan after WW2 with Big hARTS’s Scott Rankin and dancer, choreographer Yumi Umiumare.

Applications for the Production and Commissioning Fund are now closed but a second round of grants under the Public Grants Program is expected to open for applications after ANZAC Day 2015

The ANZAC Centenary Arts and Culture Fund Public Grants Program is a grassroots program to support local communities, organisations and artists to create their own arts and culture projects to commemorate the Anzac Centenary.

The Public Grants Program announced its first round recipients 23 February 2015. Many of the projects supported through this round of the Program focus on commemoration of the Gallipoli campaign and other significant battles of the First World War.

Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre, were awarded $47,000 in the first round for their project We are the future: Northern Rivers’ Memory of War—Stories of then told by people of now.

Through the project the Northern Rivers’ youth community will connect with the region’s history by sharing the story of how war shaped the town and its people and how a war from 100 years ago still affects the Northern Rivers area today. Through storytelling, the Northern Rivers Writers’ Centre will enlighten the local community about the ANZAC legacy, particularly that of women and Indigenous people, and connect youth and senior communities. The program will help local students research and tell stories of how World War I impacted Northern Rivers’ residents through the ages.

The second round which will be open late April, early May will commemorate the First World War Armistice and Australia’s service and sacrifice in other conflicts during the past hundred years, with activities and projects to be delivered out to 2018.

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