The Boite's 40th Birthday Party

Published by: The Boite | 2-May-2019
Exactly 40 years from our first ever concert, join us to celebrate The Boite's 40th Birthday with a party at the Abbotsford Convent's Sacred Heart Courtyard and Oratory featuring Omados + Lamine Sonko + Mitch Tambo + Anne Norman + Opa Bato + Alejandro Vargas + Tash Vargas + Ernie Gruner + Rose de La Montaña + Gelareh Pour + Melbourne Georgian Choir and more...
Venue: Sacred Heart Courtyard, Abbotsford Convent
Address: 1 St Heliers St. Abbotsford
Date: 6/1/2019
Time: 3:00pm
Ticket: 10
Buy / Ticket:
Call: 9417 1983
Multicultural music presenter, The Boite, was conceived and born at a time when refugees from the military regimes in Chile and Greece were finding a haven in Australia, a place where they could express their political views and play their music - often also political in intent.

Violeta Parra and Victor Jara, Inti Illimani and Illapu in Chile were writing and playing the songs of resistance to the military takeover. They founded The Latin American New Song Movement and paid for it, some with their lives, some with years of exile. In Greece, composer Mikis Theodorakis was sent to an island to break rocks!

In Melbourne and Sydney, inspired by the arrival of Chileans and Greeks who brought their music, groups of insightful people established The Boite, to provide a performance space and an opportunity for outsiders to hear the songs and learn the history and meet the artists.

From the very first Melbourne concert, on June 1st 1979, The Boite has been a place for communication. People arrive from new places, with different languages and customs, find a welcome and recognition. Every year a tantalising range of concerts, workshops, radio programs and major projects invites in new listeners and artists.

To celebrate its 40 years, The Boite's 40th Birthday will take place on Saturday June 1st. Its theme is looking back and looking forward: The concert will include artists from across the 40 years, including Chilean Alejandro Vargas, who played at the very first concert (aged 15), and young musicians and singers. Alex will be performing with his daughter, Omados will play Greek music, guitarist, Rose de la Montana, and Mitch Tambo will appear alongside Lamine Sonko, Anne Norman, and newly arrived Syrian, Talal Makdesi.

Details of all those performing at The Boite's 40th Birthday can be found overleaf. Interviews with musicians and key personnel from The Boite can be arranged.

The Boite 40th Birthday Celebration
3pm, Saturday 1st June 2019
The Sacred Heart Courtyard, Abbotsford Convent
Bookings Essential -
Enquiries - - 9417 1983

Newsletter Sign Up

Join Our Growing Community

ART NEWS PORTAL is a global crowd sourced art news feed.
Everyone is welcome to share their art and culture related news.