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SUPPORTING THE COMMUNITY


HENKELL BROTHERS supports the German-Australian community in Melbourne with a focus on the operatic and Lied art. As well as many sponsorships in the cultural sphere, our company also supports institutions with charitable and community-based purposes as well as hardship relief.

In the cultural sector HENKELL BROTHERS is involved in the following two Business-Arts Partnerships:

MTO-GAOG (www.mto-gaog.com)

HENKELL BROTHERS supports young Australian opera talent by organising the annual German-Australian Opera Grant. For this purpose we have formed a Business-Arts Partnership with the opera company More Than Opera Ltd.

The Grantee receives the opportunity to be a member of the professional ensemble at the Hessian State Theatre in Wiesbaden. This is the gateway to an international career for a talented young Australian opera singer and a very rare opportunity.

Through regular events the perception and reputation of the traditional art form of opera is increased and German-Australian ties in the community are strengthened.

CO-OPERA - EUROPE 2009 AND 2012 (www.co-opera.com.au)

Co-Opera’s aim is to take opera directly to the public in country Australia, even in very remote Outback areas. Co-Opera, who is always “on the move”, travels approx. 30,000 kilometres per year to perform fully staged productions.

Co-Opera mainly works with young singers and provides them with their first professional employment.

With the support of HENKELL BROTHERS the company was able to perform in Europe during their 2009 Tour and again in 2012. This project also served to strengthen German-Australian ties.

HENKELL BROTHERS also supports the following artistic groups:

  • Abbotsford Convent
  • Australian Bach Society
  • Australian International Opera Awards
  • Australian National Academy Of Music
  • Australian Youth Orchestra
  • Citiopera
  • Co-Opera
  • Creative Partnerships Australia
  • Dame Nellie Melba Opera Trust
  • German-Australian Opera Grant
  • Lieder Society Of Victoria
  • Lyric Opera
  • Melbourne Bach Choir
  • Melbourne Opera Company
  • Melbourne Recital Centre
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Mietta Song Award
  • More Than Opera Ltd
  • Opera Australia
  • Opera Foundation Australia
  • Opera Scholars Australia
  • Opera Society
  • Opera Studio Melbourne
  • Orchestra Victoria
  • Royal Melbourne Philharmonic
  • Team of Pianists
  • The Arts Centre
  • The Wagner Society
  • Victorian Opera
  • 3MBS (Classic Radio)
  • 3ZZZ (Ethnic Radio)

Furthermore HENKELL BROTHERS engages and supports the German community in Melbourne and contributes to the exchange between Germany and Australia. This takes place within the following institutions but also via individual contributions:

GERMAN-AUSTRALIAN WELFARE SOCIETY

An organisation which assists German-speaking migrants in Victoria who find themselves in difficult circumstances or an emergency resulting directly or indirectly from migration or other causes and also relieves poverty, sickness, grief or misfortune.

GERMAN LUTHERAN TRINITY CHURCH

The German Lutheran Trinity Church in Melbourne originated in the 19th century. The church provides spiritual care and guidance for the German-Australian community in Melbourne. HENKELL BROTHERS has been supporting this church for more than 20 years.

THE SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIAN GERMAN STUDENT EXCHANGE

This organisation awards annual scholarships to Australian high-school students to participate in an exchange of students with Germany. The program allows the students an insight into a different culture and supports friendships and networks. 

DEUTSCHE SCHULE MELBOURNE (DSM)

The German International School is a bilingual (German-English) school in with the vision “to live and learn two cultures”, preparing the children to become involved citizens of an increasingly global world. The school caters for families with German language connections, as well as those who are interested in providing their children with the opportunity to learn a second language as a “mother tongue”.

HENKELL BROTHERS supports the relief of hardship, for example:

  • CanTeen (Supporting Young People Living with Cancer)
  • Martin Luther Homes (Aged Care)
  • Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne
  • Tabulam & Templer Homes (Aged Care)
  • The Lost Dogs' Home
  • Very Special Kids

and many more.