Exhibition brings indigenous Australian culture to Hanoi

A multimedia installation exhibition named “Walking Through A Songline” opened at the Vietnamese Women’s Museum in Hanoi on April 27, as part of celebrations to mark the 50th founding anniversary of Australia-Vietnam diplomatic relations.
Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski speaks at the opening of the exhibition. (Photo: baochinhphu.vn)

The exhibition invites visitors to a space of immersive light projections, following the footsteps of the Seven Sisters as they traverse the Western and Central deserts of Australia.

Songlines (or Dreaming) are central to the existence of Australia’s First Nations’ (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) peoples, mapping the routes of Ancestral beings as they travelled across Australia, creating the land and its people. They are a way of holding and passing on knowledge to new generations.

Addressing the event, Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Andrew Goledzinowski said that one of the Australian Government's missions is to bring the stories of Australia to the world. This includes knowledge and stories about Australia's indigenous people.

By bringing the exhibition to Hanoi, the Australian Government is sharing these stories with friends in Vietnam, he said.

Nguyen Thi Tuyet, Director of the Vietnamese Women's Museum, a co-organiser of the exhibition in Hanoi, said the exhibition offered an in-depth exploration of the cultural and historical stories of Australia through a unique digital display form, adding that this will be a great gift for Hanoians.

The exhibition will run until May 21.