FOREIGN BROTHERS B-BALL IN THE J:AM

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By Charlotte Pordage | Photo Finish With The Spinach via

 

On the 8th April, creative ensemble The Foreign Brothers hosted B-Ball in the J:am, a community block party held at the Atherton Gardens estate as part of national youth week.

Yarra Council contacted the The Foreign Brothers with the idea of a collaborative project after the success of their previous events.

Arthur Tanzi, one quarter of the dynamic group, said: “Throwing a party is fun, but doing stuff for the community is far more rewarding, so we jumped at the chance of taking part. The B-ball in the J:AM concept came to life after a meeting with some of the excellent Yarra production team.”

Helping Hoops, a Melbourne charity that offer weekly basketball programs for disadvantaged and disabled children, organised a half court basketball tournament, with coaches on hand to give advice and encouragement to the young players. Even the rain could not put a damper of the enthusiasm of the children, who enjoyed a range of activities, including stencil making, face painting, a skateboard half pipe and live DJ sets.

The main highlight was seeing kids of all ages and backgrounds taking initiative and becoming a part of it.  We even had some kids cutting it up on the decks, which made for interesting viewing (and listening)..”

 “The main highlight was seeing kids of all ages and backgrounds taking initiative and becoming a part of it. I guess a small worry was that the kids wouldn’t be interested in such regulated fun, but it was completely the opposite. We even had some kids cutting it up on the decks, which made for interesting viewing (and listening),” Arthur said.

The Foreign Brothers officially formed at the beginning of 2013, although Alex Schoelcher, Arthur Tanzi, Dominic Wagner and Yossi Arad have all been actively involved in the Melbourne art scene for the past two years.

“We figured if we wanted to start doing more serious projects, we needed to attach a name and a concept to it all, to make it more credible,” Arthur said.

The four met through working and socialising at the Vegie Bar on Brunswick Street and shared the common interest of all being visitors to Australia. They decided to combine their individual skills to create a group whose philosophy was to collect, document and share Melbourne’s artistic creativity.

Our aim is to offer culturally diverse experiences that will appeal to everyone. We basically just want to interact with as many people as we can through our events, no matter the background or where they’re from..”

The Foreign Brothers biggest event to date was the Cultural Oasis Laneway Party, a musical and visual extravaganza held as part of last year’s Melbourne Music Week Festival. It was also their debut as a collective so they were determined to show people that they meant business.

 “Our aim is to offer culturally diverse experiences that will appeal to everyone. We basically just want to interact with as many people as we can through our events, no matter the background or where they’re from,” Arthur said.

The group currently operate on a volunteer basis, with all money raised going straight back into production costs. According to Arthur, their only assets are “three fold out tables and a few eighty-litre bins, so retirement in the Seychelles is definitely on hold.”

 

 

Charlotte Pordage arrived in Australia from the UK in 2013, after spending six mad months travelling round Asia. She has a degree in English Literature and Latin and her interests include riding her horse Oscar and exploring Melbourne’s eclectic nightlife. You can follow her on Twitter @charpordage.

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