Weave your way into Commonwealth Games history

23 August 2016

The City of Gold Coast today announced their support of the One Million Stars to End Violence project, which aims to engage individuals, groups and communities to join in the conversation of ending violence across the world.

Gold Coast residents can visit City of Gold Coast libraries to learn how to weave stars, or they can weave stars at home and drop them off at the libraries.

The aim is to weave as many stars as possible across the City of Gold Coast libraries, and contribute these towards a one million stars installation at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Councillor for Division 2 William Owen-Jones said his local community had jumped on board with the library, local high schools and residents all making a headstart.

“The Helensvale library has already collected over 800 stars from community members, and I’ve even woven a handful myself.  Several community groups have started their own star weave communities including Highland Reserve State School and Helensvale State High School - at last count Helensvale High were up to 17,000 stars already! It’s a fantastic show of community spirit, and a great cause to get behind,” Cr Owen-Jones said.

Brisbane artist Maryann Talia Pau initiated the One Million Stars to End Violence project in 2012 in response to the escalating occurrence of racial, domestic and family violence in Australia. The partnership with GC2018 through the Arts and Cultural program was launched in February 2016.

As part of the GC2018 partnership, Ms Talia Pau is travelling throughout the Commonwealth to teach the art of weaving to our neighbouring countries, undertake arts residencies and present at international conferences and festivals.

Ms Talia Pau said she was excited to see the project take off in local communities.

“Partnering with the GC2018 means that I can share this story locally and abroad and, together through star weaving with communities in their spaces, hear their stories of dealing with violence and working towards healing,” she said.

“We are building an international community unified and committed to ending all forms of violence around the world, starting here in Queensland.”

The One Million Stars to End Violence project is the first cultural and community collaboration for GC2018.

Individuals, groups and communities across Queensland are encouraged to get involved and help weave one million stars by July 2017.

For further information go to: www.cityofgoldcoast.com.au/onemillionstars.

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