Civilian Internment Arts Program 2014 (Completed)

The Cowra Civilian Internment Arts Program was produced and presented by Nikkei Australia founding member Mayu Kanamori in association with the Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society and Cowra Council in March 2014. The Arts Program was held in conjunction with the Internment Symposium.

gamelan man

Gamelan Man* by Jumaadi

Performed with Ria Soemardjo, Graham Apthorpe and Peter Reeves

Watch a short excerpt

ceremonial performance2

Ceremonial Performance

by Alan Schacher and Weizen Ho

Performed with Shigeki Sano and Community Youth Artists

Watch a short excerpt of the performance

*Gamelan Man and Ceremonial Performance are results of the community arts workshops: Cowra Canowindra Arts Project.

This Project was partly crowd-funded. Special thanks to: AI, Chaco Kato, Cheryl Speechley, Chie Muraoka, Colin Menzies, David, Dik Mayhew, Emi Otsuji, Frederic Dart, Hiroe Swen, Hiromi Ashlin,Hugh Cann,Ian Glass, Junko Hirabayashi, Kazuyo Kitada, Kikuko Ota, Linda Luke, Lisa Gervasoni, Michele Elliot, Midori Furze, Sala Sawada, Tokiko Kiyota, Tony Lewis,  Tracey Callinan, Yumi Umiumare, and many others who have chosen No Rewards or to be Anonymous.



More information about the project is here: Cowra Canowindra Civilian Internee Documentary Arts Project


  1. I am interested in any information on time tables and locations surrounding this event in march. Thanks. Kevin.

  2. I am very happy to participate at this Symposium, with a delegation of descendants of Japanese from New-Caledonia., Emma’s young mother was at Tatura internment camp with her family and our grand fathers were interned at Loveday camp during WWII.
    Lots of thank to the organizers for history, memories and heritage.

    • Thank you, Marie-Jose. Look forward to meeting you and hearing more about New-Caledonia’s Nikkei heritage and stories of internment experiences in Australia in March.


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