Selected exhibitions, conferences and concerts in 2018

8 February

Making Connections

Launch of the Exhibition ‘A Duck Herder’s Zither on Java’s Dieng Plateau and other Rare Indonesian Musical Instruments’, with music and dance performances.  The Exhibition was held in conjunction with an International Symposium, ‘Making Connections with the Music of Wonosobo in Java’s Dieng Plateau: Interdisciplinary Insights around the Bundengan, a Duck-herd’s Zither’. The symposium explored the unique characteristics of the little-known culture of the Dieng Plateau in Central Java, Indonesia. The exhibition was launched by Mr Iwan Freddy Hari Susanto, Minister Counsellor from the Embassy of Indonesia in Canberra.


Bundengan as weather shelter dance

Bundengan as a musical instrument

Bundengan as a musical instrument

6 July

Women's Contributions to Music

Launch of the Exhibition, ‘Women’s Contributions to Music in the Australian and Korean Contexts’, held in conjunction with the launch of the ‘International Conference on Gender Diversity in Music Making’.

A display case

A display case at the Exhibition

Merry Melody Maidens, Adelaide, 1931

One of the images on display: Merry Melody Maidens, Adelaide, 1931

20 September

Chinese Music: Continuity from Antiquity to the Present

Launch of the Exhibition, ‘Chinese Musical Instruments and Artefacts: Musical Continuity from Antiquity to the Present’. The event was opened by Ms Zou Bin, Cultural Consul of the Consulate-General of the P.R China in Melbourne and featured a traditional performance by Xin Zhang.

Chinese musical instruments