In Arabic, a bukjeh is a small pack of belongings carried by travellers and refugees. By inviting an audience into our suitcases, sacks and pockets, we are sharing our feelings, memories and experiences of home – and of having to leave it. Our stories define us and make us unique. The testimonies of those displaced in this ever-changing world are worth documenting and sharing with this, and future, generations. Bukjeh puts new and diverse communities and our stories front and centre for all to share. We are authors of our own stories, choosing which stories to tell and how to tell them – song, dance, poetry/spoken word, visual art, and more.
Led by Palestinian artist Aseel Tayah, and made in collaboration with artists from Australia and around the world, Bukjeh is a series of performances created with people who have been forced to leave their homes, in response to children’s questions about refugees.
An interactive installation and performance, accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds. Profound and honest stories of migration and the refugee experience shared in a disaster relief tent; Bukjeh is a performance by the community, for the community. “When you have limited time left to leave your home, you grab the most valuable things you have in one sack, a bukjeh, and walk. When you are leaving a whole life behind and starting a new one, what do we decide to keep?”
Keep an eye out for the artists and Bukjeh tent in Dandenong’s Palm Plaza on 16 March between 11am-2:30pm. Join in the activities and exchange stories, hear some classic Arabic songs and children’s storytelling. You can also catch the Bukjeh artists at Dandenong Library on 18 March at 10:30am for a special Harmony Week Story Time, followed by a craft workshop where parents and children can make their own bukjeh. These bukjeh can be taken home or, if left with us, will be incorporated into the performances of Bukjeh at Drum Theatre.
Duration: 60 minutes
To book please purchase a ticket through our booking system. Select the 'Book now' button below or call our friendly box office team on 8571 1666.
This program will be delivered in person at the location listed below.
Participants will require the following
- Contact details (Name, email address, contact number) to check-in on the day
- Smartphone/smart device to scan QR Code (If you do not, there will be staff to check you in)
- Face mask
All COVIDSafe guidelines will be fully met to ensure public safety for this event. All attendees will be checked in via QR code.