40 Years Later Project
Sharing the story of how Albany went from whale hunting to whale watching town
After international success conquering the opera world, tenor Matt Ward returns to his hometown of Albany to lead 40 YEARS LATER: a family singing & acting workshop series and community performance about the last year of whaling in Australia.
This August, Ward will take up a guest Artist-in-Residence position with the Vancouver Arts Centre. In partnership with Albany’s Historic Whaling Station and Creative Albany Inc, Ward’s residence will explore the 40th anniversary of the last year of whaling at Cheynes Beach Whaling Station. Ward explains that “this August is 40 years since activists from all over the world came to Albany and really shook up the conservation scene. Their actions are still controversial today, and many myths remain around why the station closed a year later in 1978… We will be looking at these events, and exploring them through community singing and acting.”
Forty years after the world focused its attention on Albany in 1977, we want as many people as possible to join in the musical telling of this fascinating story. With a unique opportunity for families and people of all ages and abilities, 40 YEARS LATER needs your voice and creativity to help share this story. Explore your local history with friends & family, participate in fun creative sessions here at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station and celebrate the joy of singing.
40 Years Later events here at the Whaling Station include a Scratch Choir on Saturday 5th August, followed by Matt in Concert & Preview of 40 YEARS LATER on Sunday 6th August.
Visit our Events page for more information on how you and your family can get involved!