Bushfire Relief Events # 2
20th March 2009
More relief events in Post #2
In response to the number of events, photos and stories which have been forwarded on to Regional Arts Victoria to support the victims of the recent Victorian Bushfires, we started a blog to keep you updated on how regional communities are responding!
Click here for an update on Regional Arts Victoria's response to the fires.
An invitation is being extended to both established and emerging artists to donate artworks to the Art for Life Charity Auction this month to raise funds to benefit those families affected by the recent bushfire.
So far over 40 regional and urban artists, many represented by commercial and public galleries, have joined together to build an impressive body of work for the ‘Art for Life' Charity Art Auction at the Melbourne Town Hall on Friday, 27th March.
For more information, please see the What's On page.
Roads to Recovery Concert
Andrew McKenna tells us about his communities Bushfire relief event.
Above: Andrew McKenna performs a traditional Russian tale about giving away your fortune. Picture by Christine Sayer.
I initiated the concert on 10 February, and David Stretch, Manager of the Theatre Royal, readily donated the venue for Feb 20 at 7pm. We called it the Road to Recovery Victorian Bushfires Benefit Night.
We had local performers, raffles and silent auction, and businesses around town gave generously (overwhelmingly) for the raffles and auction.
We raised just over $11,000 in total.
The night started with a Scottish lament for the dead played on the bagpipes, and as well as entertainment included a talk by local CFA member Ian Stewart who went to Kinglake, and a prayer by local UC Minister Gordon Bannon.
Above: Thais Sansom (front) and other dancers (Michelle, Vanessa and Robyn) perform a traditional firedance from Tanzania. Picture by Max Lesser