We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

Community celebrations By Leo Tanoi

Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts

Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts

On different days in December 2022, the Art Gallery of New South Wales has given space over to different creative teams to program a series of events and experiences.

On 11 December, join us for a celebration of Sydney’s Pasifika community, co-produced with Leo Tanoi, a Sydney-based Pasifika curator, arts programmer, DJ, radio broadcaster, performer, cultural worker and community leader.

Drop by Meers Hall on lower level 2 of our new North Building, where pop-up digital artworks by Greg Semu, Allen Vili and Katrina Iosia will be on rotational display between 11am and 4pm, and catch a series of performances, music and talanoa conversations.

Head over to the Kaldor Hall on the ground level of our original South Building from 4pm until 9pm for more music!

The event is part of celebrations to mark the opening of the Art Gallery’s new building, known as the North Building, in December 2022.

More about the opening celebrations

Community celebrations By Leo Tanoi

Sunday 11 December 2022
11am – 9pm

Art Gallery of New South Wales

North Building

Lower level 2, Meers Hall

South Building

Ground level, Kaldor Hall

🛈 Find out what you need to know before visiting

Free, no bookings required

  • PerformanceBy Toby Cedar

    A dance performance from Torres Strait Islander artist Toby Cedar.

    Sunday 11 December 2022 11–11.30am

  • MusicWith DJ Leo Tanoi

    Sunday 11 December 2022 11.30am–12pm

    Sunday 11 December 2022 1.45–2.15pm

  • In conversationWith Allen Vili and Katrina Iosia

    Take a deep dive with Pasifika artists Allen Vili (also known as OneAsian) and Katrina Iosia into art, technology and NFTs (non-fungible tokens).

    Sunday 11 December 2022 12–1pm

  • PerformancesBy Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts

    Traditional Fijian, Tongan and Samoan performances from Matavai Pacific Cultural Arts.

    Sunday 11 December 2022 1.15–1.30pm

    Sunday 11 December 2022 2.15–2.30pm

    Sunday 11 December 2022 3.15–3.30pm

  • PerformanceBy Joji Malani

    Fijian guitarist Joji Malani (aka Pei) will perform.

    Sunday 11 December 2022 1.30–1.45pm

  • In conversation and DJ setWith Greg Semu

    Born in New Zealand of Samaon heritage and now based in Sydney, artist Greg Semu will talk about his internationally acclaimed photographic work, then be our guest DJ.

    Sunday 11 December 2022 2.30–3.15pm

  • In conversation and performanceWith Sela Vai

    Hear from Tongan–Australian choreographer and movement director Sela Vai, followed by a short performance.

    Sunday 11 December 2022 3.30–3.45pm

  • DJ sets

    Music from Emerald Brunt, P.SMID, Maysa, DJ Noya and Dj Stan, Lani Alo, DJ Black President and Robase.

    Sunday 11 December 2022 4–9pm