About

Bukjeh

It is a participatory community art project, which connects people and builds long term relationships towards greater social cohesion.In order to connect communities, deeply and for long periods, we created Bukjeh as a transformative interactive experience with art, music and storytelling at its heart.

Why

Bukjeh

This project puts new and diverse communities and their stories front and centre for us all to share. The refugee storytellers are new to Australia, or have been here for a long time, unfamiliar with the Australian mainstream, or perhaps they have chosen to live their lives as if they were still in their homeland, some of who are involved in arts and culture projects and for some, this is their very first adventure in the arts.

Our Vision

Changing the world, through our own voices, one story at a time.

Purpose

Creating safe cultural spaces for refugee and migrant communities to engage with and share their cultural practices in ways that enables the building of social fabric, transforming sites of inequity into opportunities for celebration and inclusion.

Our Values

Diversity - We cherish diversity in everything Bukjeh does, in our people, in their intersectional and dynamic identities and in their lived experiences, reflected in stories that educate, challenge and uplift us. Safety – We nurture spaces that allow for honest, respectful and creative exchanges, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to ensure their voices are reflected in our work, and are made visible in our communities and public conversations. Equity - We work to build social cohesion and belonging through our artmaking, empowering artists and communities to share their diverse lived experience in order to manifest a more just and equitable society.

Founder

Aseel Tayah

This project puts new and diverse communities and their stories front and centre for us all to share. The refugee storytellers are new to Australia, or have been here for a long time, unfamiliar with the Australian mainstream, or perhaps they have chosen to live their lives as if they were still in their homeland, some of who are involved in arts and culture projects and for some, this is their very first adventure in the arts.

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Our Goals

To explore and celebrate notions of home as unique to our human experiences and identities, in ways that create positive change in communities. a. Creating connections with First Nations people and their struggle for sovereignty b. Empowering people to share their art and stories of home, of displacement and new futures c. Providing creative tools to support people away from home to connect with each other and build new friendships

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To platform the lived experiences of refugees and asylum seekers through storytelling and creative practice a. Building visibility, engagement, and inclusion of those who have been displaced b. Amplifying own voices through self-determined practice c. Demonstrating the power of storytelling to create change

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To build capacity across the arts and community sectors to embrace peoples’ diverse backgrounds and identities, and create opportunities for engagement a. Creating safe spaces with partners that are skilled and knowledgeable to work with diverse communities b. Facilitating professional development opportunities c. Being a conduit for connection between organisations and creative practitioners from diverse communities