Fundraising Lunch for Canberra Refugee Family from Gaza

Sunday 5 May 2024
12 noon to 4pm

In times of unbearable sadness, many of us are asking what we can do to help. We invite you to a fund-raising lunch, our small gesture of friendship to a family who have come here as refugees from Gaza and who live in our Canberra community.

Enjoy lunch, performances by dancer Peng Hsiao-yin of Dancecology from Taiwan and by jazz duo Emma and Jesse, a stroll in the beautiful Peace Gardens at Terroux and the company of lovely people.

All income from this event will be given directly to this local family. We are offering the hand of friendship along with some small practical help in establishing themselves in this new country and in our community.

If you wish, come dressed in white for peace and yellow for light

Bookings required $100 per person:

Donations also welcome.

We thank the three artists performing at the fundraising lunch:

Peng Hsiao-yin (Grace) is the Artistic Director of Dancecology and founder of Dancescreen Collective Taiwan. She is director and choreographer of site-specific, environmental theatre and dance film with a BA in Agronomy and a MFA in Choreography.

Dancecology’s works include live site specific performances/environmental theatre, film screenings video art, dance film and installations.

Emma English began performing in community productions including alongside Shortis and Simpson (OAM). She has performed with Queanbeyan Players, Free Rain Theatre and Canberra Philharmonic.

A highlight was performing at the NGA for the Australian of the Year nominees in 2024 and singing the National Anthem at The Australian of The Year Awards on ABC as the lead vocalist (Canberra Arboretum, 2024).

Emma started vocal lessons in 2016 and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music at ANU, majoring in Jazz Vocal Performance.

Jesse Hudson is a pianist with seven years’ experience in a wide variety of genres. He is currently studying at CIT towards a Diploma in musical performance.”

  • Top image: Dancer Peng Hsiao-yin (Grace) with her daughter Teatea at Terroux 2023 Credit: Barbie Robinson, Writing with Light
  • Above: Jesse Hudson and Emma English – supplied by the artists

Grace’s Australian residency has been supported by: