One Million Stars To End Violence

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Cairns Libraries Weave Stars To End Violence 


Cairns, 14th February, 2017 – Cairns Libraries has today handed over almost 4000 hand woven stars, forming part of the One Million Stars to End Violence project, to the Centre of Contemporary Arts Cairns (CoCA).


Charles Wiles, CoCA manager and spokesperson for the Cairns Region Star Weaving Community, praised Cairns Libraries’ efforts, which has seen volunteers from across the region weaving since July 2015.


“I am incredibly proud to be part of this and see our community come together on such a rewarding and worthwhile project.”


The stars will be featured on an installation, created by artist Maryann Talia Pau, at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). They are meant to signify a commitment to resist violence and revenge and to believe in forgiveness and healing.


“It was Maryann’s hope this project would provide hope and light and send a powerful message that any form of violence, including violence against women, racism and bullying, should not be tolerated,” he added.


“Our target is 10,000 stars and we are about three quarters of the way there, so we need a really big push over the next six months to have the remaining 2500 done by July.”


He said everyone was welcome to join the Cairns Star Weaving Community. They could weave stars on their own or host a gathering of friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to weave. Like the Cairns region, other communities were coming together to weave 10,000 stars by July 2017.


An online tutorial video explains how to weave the stars, which can be made from any material, including ribbon, paper or old magazines. More information is available on or via the Star Weave Community Facebook Group.


Some of the other community organisations that have been busy weaving include Cairns Festival, Cairns Creative Craft Shop, Girl Guides, Gordonvale State High School and Tablelands Home Education.


The One Million Stars project began in Victoria in 2012 as artist Maryann Talia Pau’s response to the rape and murder of a local woman.