Canberra Nara Peace Project - Innovating harmony between Australia and Japan

Project Summary

28 August 2018

Sector: Arts and Culture

Country location: Australia

Grantee: Big hART Inc.


two people sitting amongst grass
Simon Gleeson and Yumi Yumiumare, Tasmania 2015. Credit: Beth Sometimes

Project description

Inspired by the true story of Australian priest Tony Glynn, Canberra Nara Peace Project is a cross-cultural theatre project about peacemaking between cultures.

Big hART presents a performance inspired by one man's quest to return Samurai swords taken by Australian soldiers during WW2. His peacemaking quest involved regional families in Australia in the difficult years after the war.

The piece utilises dialogue, poetic text, music, movement and song, and using a contemporary approach explores the ancient art of Japanese tea ceremonies and sword making. Interweaving stories from families in regional and rural Japan and Canberra, the performance will trace the journey of Samurai swords from Japan, into the field of battle, stolen in triumph, and carried home to Australia.

Key dates:

  • Presentation, Canberra, 25/10/2018 to 27/10/2018

Social media: https://www.facebook.com/BighARTonline/

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $20,000


Last Updated: 16 August 2018