Project celebrates our unique qualities
Augusta-Margaret River locals will have the chance to take a deep and meaningful look into the lives of the people within their community next month when The Bystander Project comes to town.
Through theatre, original live music, photography and exact words of participants, the project will present a first-hand and personal account of the diverse experiences of those living within the community.
The Bystander Project producer and performer Mark Storen said it was about the experience of being a bystander in your community.
“Every day we go about our routine within the community we know and often we get into set routines and we might not connect with each other,” he said. “So it’s a chance for communities to really celebrate who they are and the community they’re a part of.
“We believe that everyone’s story is interesting and valuable and that by sharing stories we are able to be in the world together with greater empathy.”
Research for the project led a creative team to stay in the Augusta-Margaret River area for up to a month collecting interviews and photographs to understand the unique qualities of the town.
Project photographer and musician Holly Garvey said the interviews were done in personal spaces for each participant to allow the project to capture intimate and candid moments.
An exhibition of the community’s stories will be displayed in Margaret River and Ms Garvey said it would enable locals to enjoy the essence of each participant’s experience.
The project display will be at Augusta Hotel on October 23 and Cowaramup Hall on October 24 and 25, visit artsmargaretriver.com/bystander-project for more information.
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