The Fig Tree Replanted

Updated: Feb 3

The Boite, together with the Hellenic Museum and Kadimah Jewish Cultural Centre, are delighted to co-present The Fig Tree Replanted, a live concert featuring a dozen world-class Australian performers from Greek, Jewish, Italian and other backgrounds. Two shows of music and storytelling will be performed live in front of a seated audience in the idyllic gardens of Melbourne’s historic Hellenic Museum, as well as streamed online for the world, in February 2021.

The Fig Tree Replanted is a reinterpretation of The Fig Tree, the award-winning show and musical companion to the popular book of short stories of the same name by beloved Melbourne author Arnold Zable.

This 2021 restaging of the show combines a renewed written script by Zable who will weave his signature storytelling style between songs. Many of the world-class musicians who starred in the original line-up, including ARIA winners Kavisha Mazzella and Irine Vela, Anthea Sidiropoulos, Klezmania’s Freydi Mrocki, David Krycer and Lionel Mrocki, Jacob Papadopoulos and Klezmeritis’ Ernie Gruner and Phil Carroll, will reprise their live performances, rearranged from the original works. Other leading Australian world-music artists including Achilles Yiangouli and Eugene Belenko will take to the stage in place of several musicians no longer with us, including Costas Tsicaderis, Spiro Papoutsis and David Breytman. The new show is dedicated to the late trio.

The event will take place at the 2014 MPavillion, now housed in the gardens at the Hellenic Museum, an architecturally prized structure inspired by Classical Greek design and outback sheds, helping to highlight the significance of migration in the greater Australian identity of today.

“We are a nation of Indigenous peoples and immigrants, a new world with an ancient past, a land of many melodies. The Fig Tree project is an exploration of displacement and belonging, through the beauty of story and song, performed on the lands of the Wurundjeri people, in search of that place where we can all meet.”

Arnold Zable

The Fig Tree Replanted

A concert of music and storytelling - live and live-streamed

Sunday February 21, 2021

Gala | 6:30pm | Tickets $45/$35

Matinée | 2:30pm | Tickets $20 | Auslan interpreted

Live Stream | 6:30pm | Tickets $15 | Live captioned


Proudly supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants

Access: Wheelchair, Auslan and Closed Captions



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