Join us for the AUTWA East Turkistan Republic Day cultural event!

From 11am to 3pm the Migration Museum courtyard will be alive with performances, culture, food and poetry, presented by the Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women’s Association.

Animating Country: Nora Abbott, Rhonda Sharpe, Doris Thomas, Joanne Wheeler

In a series of short films, artists from Mparntwe (Alice Springs) animate their paintings and soft-sculpture works to tell personal, historical and ancestral stories. Painters Nora Abbott, Joanne Wheeler and Doris Thomas, from Tangentyere Artists, create a series of enchanting scenes that share wisdom and experience, while Rhonda Sharpe, from Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, relates episodes from her life. Together, their ‘olden days’ stories activate memory, culture and Country.

Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with Principal Partner BHP and support from the Government of South Australia


Image: Joanne Wheeler with her work in Mparntwe (Alice Springs) in 2021, Courtesy the artist and Tangentyere Artists

Belonging – Photography by Ekaterina Shipova Bell

Belonging – Kinship, Similarity, Proximity, and Involvement is a kind of cultural code, a feeling of one’s roots, belonging to a common culture, and something that unites people who are unfamiliar with each other.

An exhibition of photographs by artist Ekaterina Shipova Bell invites us into the lives of 16 women and their migration story to South Australia from Russia. They are photographed in their homes and surrounded by treasured belongings, objects and attributes of their historical homeland. Each of them share their unique story through their belongings, brought from their motherland, or inherited from parents and grandparents. The exhibition is dedicated to this phenomenon and their incredible stories.

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)