We’re so excited to be part of the Festival of Voices! We’ll be popping up all over Hobart town from Wednesday 11 to Saturday 14 July. Rug up warm and come along!
Wednesday, 5.30 pm – Hotel Grand Chancellor
Wednesday, 10.40 pm – Singers Lounge, 77 Salamanca Place
11.00 am Thursday – Bright Eyes Cafe, Brooke Street Pier
1.30 pm Thursday – Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hunter St
10.40 pm Thursday – Singers Lounge, 77 Salamanca Place
10.30 am Friday – Elizabeth Mall, Elizabeth St
12.30 pm Friday – LINC State Lending Library, Murray St
8.30 pm Friday – Singers Lounge, 77 Salamanca Place
10.30 am Saturday – Salamanca Square
1.00 pm Saturday – Red Decker Bus, Brooke Street Pier
8.00 pm, Saturday – Singers Lounge, 77 Salamanca Place
After six years, White Night has become a hugely popular event in Melbourne’s social calendar. But in 2018 the electric evening will get a little bit hotter as the Brunswick Women’s Choir add their magic to the night.
We’ll be amplifying the atmosphere in the Melbourne Museum for two different shows. Bring the family along for an 8pm show, or warm up your late-night vibe with a 10pm performance.
We’ve chosen a diverse repertoire – a few songs to evoke the energy of the wilder wonders around us, and a few to get you in the groove for some Saturday night sizzle.
Join us on 28 October for our annual showcase concert.
For the 2017 showcase, the choir will bring you on a musical journey that reflects the joys, sorrows and triumphs of life.
We’re excited to introduce several new songs and revive an old favourite. It’s a repertoire that will make you think, reflect, question and celebrate.
Join us as we sing for a better world – because we can’t keep quiet!
Date: 28 October 2017
First show: 3 to 4.30pm (doors open 2.30pm)
Second show: 6 to 7.30pm (doors open at 5.30pm)
Location: Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Tickets: available via TryBooking
$25 full / $18 concession / $10 kids under 15 / FREE kids under 5
Seats aren’t allocated, so we encourage you to arrive early.
Sonita tells the remarkable, inspiring story of its namesake: a gutsy, defiant, 14-year- old Afghan refugee who fights to live the way she wants as an artist, musician and singer. This remarkable film is not on general release, but we have secured an exclusive screening at Cinema Nova. Funds raised from this special screening will help the choir.
Be seated by 7pm to catch a special performance by the Brunswick Women’s Choir before the film.
When: Thursday 18 May – 7pm performance / 7.30pm screening Where: Cinema Nova, Carlton Tickets: Online at Trybooking: $22 full / $15 concession
Tickets are only available online (not tickets at the door)!
Sonita is 18-years- old, an undocumented Afghan illegal immigrant living in the poor suburbs of Tehran. She is a feisty, spirited, young woman who fights to live the way she wants, as an artist, singer, and musician in spite of all her obstacles she confronts in Iran and her conservative patriarchal family. In harsh contrast to her goal is the plan of her family – strongly advanced by her mother – to make her a bride and sell her to a new family. The price right now is about US$9.000.
The main storyline of the film builds around Sonita’s struggle to escape a forced marriage. She fights with the dilemma of not losing her family, but still be able to build a life of her own. In order to do so, she needs to obtain resident status, and to record and make video clips for her songs on a miniscule budget. Through this, we witness her family and their dilemmas and get to know her friends and colleagues who are also child laborers in the NGO “House of Affection”. Will Sonita be forced into marriage? Will she succeed in recording her songs? Will her family manage to take her back to Afghanistan? The film unfolds in Sonita’s home, at the NGO and in music studios in and around Teheran. Later we will need to travel to her hometown in Afghanistan.
The Brunswick Women’s Choir believe in the power of music to help bring about change. On 26 March, together with the fabulous women of Acoustic Kitchen, we did just that.
Over 380 people came to support us in raising funds for the Asylum Seekers’ Resource Centre. Ticket sales, CD sales and a bucket overflowing with cash donations brought us to the grand total of $7,191. What an amazing result! Big thanks to you, our community, for helping us help those in need.
More than 65 million people worldwide have been forced to leave their homes due to war, persecution, natural disasters and poverty. They’re alone in a world where many people do not want them. And just like you, all they want is a safe place to call home. The need for action is great and the time for a warm welcome is now.
Brunswick Women’s Choir believes in the power of music to help bring about change. The BWC sings stories to inspire audiences and bring people together. Our songs of hope give voice to those in need.
The choir will be supported by the 8 women of Acoustic Kitchen who hail from South Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley. They sing a cappella from the heart, as well as for social justice.
We will also hear from speakers who will share their story about seeking asylum or helping others to do so.
All proceeds from this event will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The ASRC advocates the importance of empowering people with lived experience to share their story and shift attitudes about refugees and people seeking asylum.
Brunswick Women’s Choir were honoured to be invited by Moreland Council to perform at the Annual Maurice Blackburn Oration held in July this year. The event gave the BWC their first experience of Facebook Live Streaming, which we hope most of
you were able to catch. Sadly once a live stream is over, we can’t access the footage again, but we promise it was a stunner!
BWC members were invited to sit in the auditorium between sets, and enjoyed the opportunity to listen to an Oration on the “Changing Faces of Australian Families” presented by Her Excellency the Hon Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria.
The evening also provided a great chance for Brunswick Women’s Choir to perform in our neighbouring municipality of Coburg.