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Weave: Festival of Aboriginal and Pacific Cultures

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Performance by Bangarra Dance Theatre
The strength and diversity of Aboriginal dance, art, storytelling and song is being celebrated throughout the month of March by the Australian Museum through the Weave exhibition.

Weave is the Australia Museum's inaugural Festival of Aboriginal and Pacific cultures and explores the rich and diverse culture of Gadi country (Sydney) through archaeological and contemporary pieces, many of which are being shown in public for the first time.

The month-long festival features exhibitions, performances, films, talks, hands-on workshops and the creation of a new major sculpture dedicated to Sydney's Aboriginal women. There is something for all age groups, including activities for young kids.

Headlining the exhibition will be the creation on-site, by Elders and master weavers, of a major sculptural installation dedicated to Aboriginal fisherwomen, which includes a four-metre-long woven canoe.

The exhibition is a beautiful and moving experience for which the Australian Museum should be very proud. It is a true collaborative work, with respected Elders, artisans and community groups weaving together their knowledge and stories to build a better understanding of First Nations cultures across Australia and the Pacific region.

As well as the exhibition, don't miss the ground-breaking virtual reality film Carriberrie, which celebrates the depth and diversity of Aboriginal dance, music and song. This 360 live-action documentary takes viewers on an amazing 3D journey across Australia, from Uluru to Sydney Harbour. Narrated by award-winning actor and dancer David Gulpilil, Carriberrie guides audiences across a stunning array of iconic locations and performances, from the traditional to contemporary.

To find out more about the exhibition and all events, you can visit the website here.
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Why? Because history is alive
When: See website for times throughout March
Where: Australian Museum, 1 William Street, Sydney
Cost: See website for tickets
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