Gilda Anderson was interviewed by David Phillips for his Stories of Diversity project.
Gilda Anderson was interviewed by David Phillips for his Stories of Diversity project. Erin Smith

Life stories sought from migrants

EVERYONE has a story to tell, whether it is big or small and David Phillips is working to collate many of those life stories of Warwick residents who have come to live here from other cultures.

Mr Phillips recently received a $9980 grant through the Regional Arts Development Fund, which will be used to support the first stage of the Stories of Diversity project, which involves interviewing, collating and editing the material.

"The aims are to enrich our local community through sharing of cultural identity and providing glimpses of others' food, dance, music and art and increase understanding and empathy towards people who have migrated from other countries and provide a connection point and network opportunities for new residents," he said.

Mr Phillips has always had a passion for culture and has studied anthropology.

Mr Phillips will be looking for further funding and sponsorship to then produce a book and schools resource for the interview material during 2013.

Anyone interested in being part of the project can contact Mr Phillips through the Peace Festival office on 4661 5420 or info@peacefestival.org.au.



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