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Festival of Aboriginal and Pacific Cultures

Through a series of exhibitions, talks, workshops and drop-in activities, you can join respected Elders, talented artisans and community groups as they weave together their diverse knowledge, experiences and stories to build a better shared future at our inaugural Festival of Aboriginal and Pacific Cultures, Weave.

GADI Exhibition

Gadi exhibition at the Australian Museum

From 2 March
Opening hours: 9:30am – 4:30pm
FREE with museum admission
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Come along to learn about Sydney’s Aboriginal language, how the land and its people got their names and discover more about an incredibly rich culture.

Festival Program

Aunty Phillis Stewart and Charlie | Photographer: Laura McBride © Australian Museum

GADI: magura (fish)

Fish weaving workshops

Sunday, 4, 11, 18 & 25 March
10am – 2pm

Led by Elders and master weavers learn weaving techniques and ecological knowledge passed down for hundreds of generations.

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Weaving NAWI (canoe)

GADI: nawi (canoe)

Meet the Elders

Every Friday & Saturday, 2 – 25 March
10am – 1pm

Witness Elders and master weavers weaving nawi’s (canoes) for an upcoming sculptural installation, mahn.

FREE with museum admission

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Bara (fish hook) | Photographer: Laura McBride © Australian Museum

GADI: bara (fish hook)

Weaving drop-in activity

Every Monday to Thursday, from 5 March
10am – 1pm

Contribute to mahn, a sculptural piece dedicated to Sydney’s fisherwomen by making your own woven fishhook with Aboriginal staff.

FREE with museum admission

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Dancer Francis Williams | Photographer: Joshua Flavell © Carriberrie PTY LTD


Aboriginal Australian dance and song in virtual reality

2 - 27 March
Various times

Carriberrie celebrates the depth and diversity of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander dance, music and song - from the traditional to the contemporary - in virtual reality.

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Tuvalu - detail | Photographer: Angela Tiatia © Angela Tiatia


Video installation

1 – 31 March
9:30am – 4:30pm

In her work Tuvalu, artist Angela Tiatia, depicts the changing daily life of the people of Tuvala, the tiny Pacific nation which is undergoing dramatic change due to climate change.

FREE with museum admission

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Poemoana Teriinohorai cultural dancer

Culture Up Late: Oceania Connection

Museum after hours

7 March
5pm – 9pm

Join us after hours as we bring the museum’s Pacifica collections to life through storytelling, creative arts, performance and sharing of knowledge.

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Flying Fox bellydipping | Photographer: Nick Edards © Nick Edards

HumanNature: Gifts of Life in the Shadow of Death

Night talk

8 March

Deborah Bird Rose (UNSW) examines the intersection of humans, animals and landscape, and the fragility of their relationships in the face of environmental crisis and loss.

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Fleur singing, Locky smoking © Milan Dhiiyaan


Aboriginal meditation

10 & 11 March
10:30am & 2pm

Winhangadhurinya is the Wiradjuri word for meditation, deep listening, knowing, reflecting. Participate in an Aboriginal meditation ceremony guided by Aboriginal cultural practitioners Milan Dhiiyaan.

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Bush food in a basket

Culture Up Late: burrabugu (for tomorrow)

Museum after hours

14 March
5pm – 9pm

Aboriginal guests examine how First Nations knowledge may be the key to a better shared future for all in this after hours Culture Up Late evening.

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Film Screening: Connection to Country

Connection to Country

Film screening

14 March

Connection to Country follows the Indigenous people of the Western Australian Pilbara and their battle to preserve Australia's 40,000-year-old cultural heritage from the ravages of a booming mining industry.

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Museum Under 5's Playgroups

Fridays, 2, 9, 16 & 23 March
Tiny Tots – 9:45am
Mini Explorers – 11am

Led by Aboriginal educators, the Australian Museum’s program for children under 5 will teach kids about local Gadigal culture and introduce them to weaving games in fun interactive play sessions.

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