Thursday 10 October, 12pm – 6pm
Ni sa bula! During the 2019 Spring Holidays, for one day only, Campbelltown Arts Centre will be hosting a special Fiji Day family event celebrating the connected vibrancy of Fijian culture and the Marama Dina exhibition. The gallery will be overflowing with short workshops and performances led by artists in the exhibition, including: masi decorating, adornment making and tattoo drawing. In addition to the workshops, there will be curator tours of the exhibition, games, film showings and a 3pm and 5pm Kiddies Cushion Concert performance from Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts, Pauliasi, Illisavani and MC Trey.
Screenings and Activities
12pm – 12.30pm Official Opening
12pm – 6.00pm Food Truck
12.30pm – 1.00pm Exhibition Tour
12pm , 1pm, 2pm, 3pm – Film Screenings
1pm – 2pm Masi Workshop, Weaving Workshop
2pm – 3pm Adornment
3pm – 4pm Masi Workshop, Weaving Workshop
4pm – 5pm Adornment
Masi Workshops | 1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm
Masi is a culturally significant cloth created from the bark of a paper mulberry tree used to celebrate major events. During this workshop, you will discover the meaning of traditional Masi symbols before experimenting with stencilling, printing and freehand painting in order to create your own design along with artist Asinate Yaranamua. Once your Masi is complete, use your stencil to contribute to a large scale collective Masi or take home your piece as a memento of your day and a one-of-a-kind wall decor.
Facilitator: Asinate Yaranamua
Casual Educator: Tina Wheatley
Location: Main Gallery
Adornment | 2pm – 3pm, 4pm – 5pm
Culture meets fashion in this workshop for participants to create and be photographed in a unique piece of body adornment. During the workshop, you will explore individual and cultural representation as you combine together a variety of materials to create your new look with acclaimed Fijian designer Bayvick Lawrence. Upon completion, model and embody your adornments in a fashion photoshoot within the exhibition.
Facilitator: Bayvick Lawrence
Casual Educator: Kartika Suharto-Martin
Location: Main Gallery
Weaving | 1pm – 2pm, 3pm – 4pm
Drop in, join the circle and experience the joy of a tight weave and tight community with artist Yasbelle Kerkow. During the workshop you will learn the basics of weaving flax and pandanas as you try your hand at making your own bangle or armlet. Upon completion, be sure to join the adornment workshop to complete your look and be photographed in your creations.
Casual Educator: Julie Finch
Exhibition Tour | 12.30pm
Discover the layers and themes of Marama Dina along with artists and curatorium members, Salote Tawale and Donita Hulme. During the tour, Salote and Donita will be walking you through the galleries sharing their personal story and passion for the exhibition which involved a two year artistic and cultural journey connecting with Fijian women from across Western Sydney.
Facilitator: Salote Tawale & Donita Hulme
Vale Ni Soqo | 12pm, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Relax, do a tattoo drawing, play a traditional Fijian game or enjoy two family friendly films from the Pasifika Film Festival in the communal gathering space. Full details on the films below.
Boy Strikes Back
Director: Genesis Selina Ma’u
Australia | 2016 | 5 mins
Roni arrives home with his older sister Lola. As he begins to play and build a Lego robot his sister smashes it out of his hands, ruining his work.
Director: Donita Vatuinaruku Hulme
Australia | 2018 | 5 mins
Tavales will be tavales, right? But if you spend too much time being a smarty pants it could bite you in the scaredy pants luvequ.
Screenings: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Location: Vale ni solo, located in the main gallery
Kiddies Cushion Concert with Matavai | 3pm & 5pm