In 2010 we are celebrating ten years of friendship between Suai and Port Phillip. See the Beginnings
of the Friendship and History
of Friendship that began in 2000 but is grounded in a relationship begun in WW2.
Events planned in Port Phillip in 2010 include a colourful Bookazine
on the 10 year friendship to capture the dynamics and development in a decade since the Ballot and the great friendship that has ensued.
A Friends of Suai Exhibition
at the Town Hall Gallery starts 26 May 2010
to reflect on Friendship. The exhibition, which will show the depth of the history of friendship between the two communities will include water colours painted in East Timor, artefacts and letters by George Milsom
. Milsom who was in 2/2nd Independent Company in East Timor in WW2 is the father of local artist Liz Milsom. An installation titled: 'An Imagined Conversation: from Rocks to Social Networks' is planned by Jen Hughes, local filmmaker
and a selection of photographs by the youth of Suai from a 2009 workshop conducted by former St Kilda resident Richard Jones will be mounted.
In the pipeline too, is a Tour to parts of East Timor
including Suai linked to International Rotary
. The aim is to match skills with small projects where the visiting tourist can share with local people.
The gossip is Intrepid Tours will return to East Timor in 2010
. We are also hoping that Australia’s Circus Oz
will visit Suai in September 2010. Thanks to Paul Stewart
of Dili Allstars
fame for including Suai in the plan! We heard today that plans are on track for the Tour with a bit more fundraising to go.
Watch this Space for more news on celebrating 10 years of friendship.