Paul Kelly, Julia Stone and Kee’ahn lead new concert honouring resistance to racism through song and story
11.03.2021

Paul Kelly, Julia Stone and Kee’ahn lead new concert honouring resistance to racism through song and story

Kee’ahn and Paul Kelly (photo by Cybele Malinowski)

Uprising: Songs of Resistance reminds us of the things that we are willing to fight for and those that bring us together.

The Festival of Jewish Arts and Music (FOJAM) has teamed up with The Museum of Inherited Memories to present a new concert Uprising: Songs of Resistance on Thursday, April 8 at St Kilda’s Memo Music Hall in Melbourne.

Inspired by Holocaust memorial honouring resistance to racism through song and story, the concert will feature an ensemble of powerful vocalists, including Paul Kelly, Julia Stone, Deborah Conway, Kee’ahn, Harry Angus, Shane Howard, Paul Grabowsky and Jess Hitchcock, among others.

The key takeaways

  • Uprising: Songs of Resistance is a new concert celebrating resistance to racism through song and story.
  • Performers include Djirri Djirri Dancers, Paul Kelly, Julia Stone, Deborah Conway, Kee’ahn, Paul Grabowsky, Emily Lubitz
  • The event will take place Thursday 8 April at St Kilda’s Memo Music Hall in Melbourne and stream online globally

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Coinciding with the close of Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance and Heroism Day), Uprising: Songs of Resistance invites people from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds to celebrate resistance to racism through song and story.

As the first FOJAM event for 2021, the vocalists will gather to remember the Holocaust and celebrate ongoing survival and activism against racism, fascism and antisemitism, using their lyrics to inspire empathy among listeners.

“Uprising asks artists to perform as resistance against racism, antisemitism and forms of bigotry,” says Museum of Inherited Memories curator Siân Darling, the descendant of Holocaust survivors.

“Activism often demands empathy as the catalyst for such demanding work. What better way to inspire empathy than through stories? What easier way to explore such painful subjects than through song?”

Performing to a live audience in the heart of St Kilda, the stirring concert will also be broadcast live and available online for 72 hours post the event, allowing fans from across the globe to commemorate, honour, reflect and resist.

 

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Uprising: Songs of Resistance takes place on Thursday 8 April at St Kilda’s Memo Music Hall in Melbourne and available to stream online globally. Tickets are on sale now via the website.