Belonging – Photography by Ekaterina Shipova Bell

Photo ‘stories’ of cultural objects, their personal significance and Russian immigrants who made their way to Australia.

A SALA Festival 2021 exhibition

SALA program

Paving the way: Migration Museum stories

Settlement Square at the Migration Museum has grown into a complex tapestry over the last 21 years, each paver telling a unique story. Individuals, families, and communities from over 90 different countries have contributed to commemorate migration to South Australia since the 1830s. In this exhibition, we feature selected stories from Settlement Square and invite you to discover the connections between them.


In 1770 this continent was claimed for the British Crown with the planting of a Union Jack. In the 1970s, during the Land Rights movement, several new flags emerged. One of red, black and yellow would go on to become iconic. A flag that reflects the identity of Aboriginal Peoples. A flag that resists the claim of 1770 onwards. A flag that reclaims Country. An Aboriginal flag.

School Holidays: Illuminate Adelaide – Animate Yourself workshop

There are invisible parts of who we are that are central to our identity even though other people might not know about them because they can’t see them. For example, the languages we speak, the religion we believe in, the country we were born in, places that are special to us, are all core to our identity even though they are invisible.

In this workshop, we will explore the visible and invisible parts of our identity by making individual animations that tell our identity stories. Participants will be provided with an iPad and stylus and taught to use the digital animation program ‘Procreate’, and sound program ‘Garage band’.

You will work with artists Anna Hickey-Moody and Angelica Harris-Faull in developing visual expressions of the invisible and visible parts of your identity and telling a story about why these aspects of yourself matter.

Bring drinks and a snack for break time. All materials provided.

Suitable for children aged 7 – 13 years

Workshops are free, bookings are essential via Eventbrite

Session times:

Fri 16 July: 1 pm – 4 pm
Sat 17 July: 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 5 pm
Sun 18 July: 10 am – 1 pm & 2 pm – 5 pm


Illuminate Adelaide : Being Different Together

Children reflecting on identity and faith

Led by artist Anna Hickey-Moody, the Interfaith Childhoods project works with schools, communities and religious organisations to collect and share stories of everyday life told by both secular people and those of faith in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Many migrants and refugees start a new life with very little other than their faith. Stories and experiences of ‘what really matters’ are collected in the lives of children and adult community members living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the United Kingdom, and across Australia.

This exhibition presents stories of diaspora, belonging and visions of the future from Adelaide children, many of whom are first-generation migrants and refugees, shared through film, animation, art and media. The children’s art explores visible and invisible identity, while their animations will take you on a journey through their family history and ask the question of ‘what really matters?’. Come and share the children’s migration stories, build your own refuge filled with precious things or book in for the animation workshop and tell your own identity story.

Presented by Illuminate Adelaide

History Festival : The ALA Presents the History of the Lebanese Community in South Australia

The Australian Lebanese Association proudly presents the past, present and future of the Lebanese Diaspora in South Australia. A history that began in the 1880s when our pioneering forefathers explored and opened up agricultural activities in the Flinders Ranges, the Riverland and the South East. The exhibition will present the growth of these early immigrants into the business and professional lives of their descendants. The exhibition will include the famous works and life of the celebrated Khalil Gibran, poet, artist and author of The Prophet. Audio/visual presentations of Lebanon can be enjoyed with a traditional coffee and sweet delicacy.

Presented by Australian Lebanese Association


Enquiries: Simon Haddad,

Image: Australian Lebanese exhibition highlights (Courtesy Australian Lebanese Association)

History Festival : Auslan Interpreted Tours of Migration Museum

The Migration Museum, opened in 1986, was the first museum of migration in Australia. This Auslan-interpreted tour will explore migration to South Australia as well as the impact of European settlement on First Peoples. Discover our shared history, think about contemporary migration and uncover the stories of our heritage-listed Destitute Asylum buildings.

Bookings essential via Eventbrite
Limited capacity

Enquiries: Suzanne Redman, 8207 7570,

Image: Auslan interpreter guides a group through the Migration Museum (Courtesy Migration Museum)

History Festival : Discovering the Destitute Asylum Walking Tour

The Destitute Asylum housed Adelaide’s poor from 1850-1918, but most of it was demolished before 1950. The Migration Museum occupies the last surviving Asylum buildings. This walking tour uncovers the forgotten footprint and architecture of the Asylum still present in the North Terrace area. Tour involves walking, standing, and steps.

$10 per person
Bookings essential, limited capacity

Bookings via Eventbrite

Enquiries: Suzanne Redman, 8207 7570,

Inage: Destitute Asylum, men’s quarters, c1918 (Courtesy State Library of South Australia)


LOOKING BACK LOOKING FORWARD: Community banners from the Migration Museum collection

The Migration Museum’s Community Banners project began in 1986, the same year the Museum opened to the public. The project was instrumental in building some of the Museum’s early relationships with South Australia’s culturally diverse communities. As a collection, the banners provide a record of how cultural communities in South Australia chose to represent their own past and their hopes for their future. The banners also give an overview of changing needlecraft techniques over the last 35 years.

LivingProof – a collaboration between Bene Aged Care, writer Rosa Matto and photographer Italo Vardaro

As we grow older, how we express our identities shifts as a result of mental and physical limitations, along with our response to the way society expects us to age. LivingProof shares the stories of 10 residents, consumers, family members, staff and volunteers at Bene Aged Care.

In the succinct words of writer Rosa Matto: “If we ignore our storytellers we are lost.” Her words, complemented by the poignant photography of Italo Vardaro, offer a window into the often over-looked moments of joy, beauty and engagement in the elderly care community as we all age in our own way.

As we enter the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021–30), we must ask ourselves: What does it mean to grow older – for individuals, their families and communities?

Rosa Matto – writer: “This undertaking with Bene sought to give voice to residents, staff and volunteers; to ask them to tell their stories one more time, assuring them there was a sympathetic ear.

It became more than that. We proposed not to relive the chronology of the past but to find the essence of joy in the present. Starting from a place that was comfortable for the narrator – a doorway in a backstreet in Benevento, a border crossing in Slovenia, a hotel kitchen in Findon, the choir loft of a suburban church – the sound and rhythm of each story differed.”

Italo Vardaro – photographer: “The power and beauty of the still image is that it captures a split second of awareness that you can never reproduce. The process can’t be rushed. And yet for this project I found myself working in a confined residential home where life was as busy as a beehive.

It was a project that made me connect with strangers who were somehow familiar. I felt a connection, a kinship and an understanding. I came to understand why the staff always talked to me about how privileged they felt to care for the residents, the rewards they received by giving care and receiving love in return.”