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Creating a 'medium of understanding': Masters of Indonesian Portraiture at the NPG

Masters of Modern Indonesian Portraiture, on display at Australia's National Portrait Gallery on Canberra until mid October, is a significant new development in our cultural contacts with Indonesia

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Students and Thailand's Ambassador to Australia, Mr Maris Sangiampongsa, as they learn from master chef Miss Chachaya Raktakanista in the GYC commercial kitchen on the Hobart Campus

'Thai Kitchen to the World' exchange

The Australia Thailand Institute and the Thai Embassy in Australia partnered with Tasmania’s Guilford Young College in August, to deliver an imaginative culinary program in the north and south of the state, aimed at enhancing skills in preparing Thai cuisine.

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Australia and Austria celebrate Ferdinand Bauer

The Australian Ambassador in Vienna, David Stuart, has co-hosted, with the Director General of the Natural History Museum Vienna (NHM), Professor Christian Köberl, the launch of an exhibition to mark the 200th anniversary of the return to Austria of Ferdinand Bauer, one of the great botanical artists.

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Elizabeth O'Neill Journalism Award visits 2014

Fitria Sofyani, features editor Marie-Claire Indonesia, and Bernard Lane, higher education reporter with The Australian, have reported back following their Elizabeth O'Neill Journalism Award visits. One journalist from Indonesia and one from Australia travel to each other's countries each year, with the aim of building a stronger understanding of issues facing contemporary Indonesia and Australia. The Award is open to high-achieving journalists, and a program is tailored to their topics of interest.

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Sydney Symphony Orchestra wows seven cities in China

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) toured China in June/July 2014, culminating in a gala concert at Beijing’s National Centre for the Performing Arts.

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G20 Special Representative visits UN, Caribbean

Several of DFAT’s recent international media visits (IMVs)  have been focused on the lead-up to the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November 2014.

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IMVs: promoting a contemporary view of Australia

Several of DFAT’s recent international media visits (IMVs)  have been focused on the lead-up to the G20 meeting in Brisbane in November 2014.

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Young Australian dancers take Boundless to Thailand

Boundless is a season of contemporary dance by Canberra's Quantum Leap ensemble that recently toured to Thailand with the support of the Australia Thailand Institute.

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Science diplomacy: Questacon tours Japan

The Australian Embassy in Tokyo held three exciting events celebrating science diplomacy month in April 2014.

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Australian R&D and R&B: Australian cultural activities in Indonesia

Throughout 2014, arts and culture, along with science and innovation, is the focus for the Embassy in Jakarta to celebrate the rich diversity reflected by arts in the community.

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'Broached Retreat' – two 'firsts' in one design exhibition

The prestigious Ullen Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing is hosting Broached Retreat, a visual art exhibition curated by Broached Commissions, an Australian based design studio, for a Chinese audience.

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Women's cricket in PNG bowls more than a maiden over

Australia is supporting Cricket PNG to establish a new Women's Cricket Program which helps young girls to experience cricket and enhance their skills during term breaks.

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June 2014

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Indigenous writer Anita Heiss in Austria

The Australian Embassy in Vienna, Austria, hosted a visit in June 2014 by  well-known Australian author Dr Anita Heiss.

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From Borroloola to Brazil for the World Cup

COALAR (the Council on Australia Latin America Relations) was delighted to support John Moriarty, the first Indigenous footballer picked to play for Australia, take eight young Indigenous footballers from Borroloola to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Poet Les Murray at the Berlin Poetry Festival

Every summer Berlin invites up to 200 poets and artists from around the world to the Poesiefestival Berlin. They workshop poetry, and read to audiences drawn from some 10,000 visitors to the festival.

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AWM conservators bringing WWI heroes to life

In the lead-up to the commemoration of WWI anniversaries, the Australian War Memorial's public diplomacy efforts in France include lending historic items to European museums.

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Indonesian Students 'shred' at Skate Jam Indonesia 2014

Professional skaters from skate brand, DC and a team of coaches from Skateboarding Australia have been touring Indonesia teaching skateboarding skills to Indonesian youth.

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Fitria Sofyani and Natsha Stott Despoja

Top End to Tassie (via Canberra): the Liz O'Neill Award 2014

DFAT hosted this year's Elizabeth O'Neill Award winner, Ms Fitria Sofyani, in two of our less-travelled states, the Northern Territory and Tasmania, as well as Sydney and Canberra.

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May 2014

From Cairns to Brazil via APAM in Brisbane: the Medics

Contemporary music artists are using music markets to showcase their performances, with great music export results.

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Nepali micro-entrepreneur awarded Oslo Business for Peace award

Ms Kesha Kumari Damini headed to Norway to receive the 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award in Oslo in May 2014.

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Students from Coronation Primary School in Port Moresby holding a football.

'League Bilong Laif' – integrating Rugby League into PNG's national curriculum

A partnership between Australia and Papua New Guinea, funded under the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnerships initiative will help PNG harness the power of rugby league and transform children’s lives.

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April 2014

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Marking the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Australia relations

To highlight the 40th anniversary of Australia's relations with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) on 16 April, DFAT's Public Diplomacy Branch recently hosted seven journalists from the ASEAN region. They visited Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

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January 2014

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The Essex Regiment reunited with some precious military history

DFAT's Tasmania State Office and the Australian High Commission in London recently helped reunite the Essex Regiment Museum in Chelmsford, UK, with some important historic military records.

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November 2013

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A Circle Closed – Australian author Tim Bonyhady traces his Austrian heritage

Australia's Ambassador to Austria, David Stuart, recently hosted a dinner for Australian author and academic Professor Tim Bonyhady, who was in Austria to launch the German translation of his book "Good Living Street – The Fortunes of my Viennese Family" (Wohllebengasse. Die Geschichte meiner Wiener Familie).

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David Stuart, Australian Ambassador to Austria.

'Sports diplomacy': the Socceroos visit Brazil

The Socceroos recently visited Brasilia to play an international friendly against the Brazilian football team, arguably the best team in the world. The visit was a powerful reminder of just effective 'sports diplomacy' can be.

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October 2013

Peter Varghese and Rachel Miller at the book launch

DFAT Launches Book: Wife and Baggage to Follow

On 30 October, DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese AO launched Wife and Baggage to Follow, by Rachel Miller, published by Halstead Press, at the RG Casey Building.

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Visitors at the opening of the 'Vertical Villages' exhibition in Sydney

Vertical Villages: the domestic lives of Sydney's international students expressed as art

International students are an important community group in Australia. 'Vertical Villages' project is engaging artists and international students in a bilateral dialogue and investigating the student experience in Sydney.

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September 2013

David Stuart, Australian Ambassador to Austria.

Australia inspires Europe in river management

David Stuart, Australian Ambassador to Austria, presented the inaugural Thiess International Riverprize in Vienna in September 2013. The prize is modelled on the Australian Riverprize. (Photo © International RiverFoundation)

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A rich resource: government records tell the story of Australia and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

DFAT has financed and published Australia and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a new volume in the series Documents on Australian Foreign Policy. The series is part of DFAT’s mission to publish an accurate, comprehensive and impartial record of Australia’s foreign and trade policy.

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Grandad the Australian lungfish celebrates 80 years in Chicago

In 1933, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and Chicago’s John G Shedd Aquarium collaborated to showcase Australian native fish at the Century of Progress World’s Fair.

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August 2013

Bangarra performers take a curtain call at the Hanoi Opera House in February 2013 following a performance of Spirit.

DFAT's cultural diplomacy programs feature in the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards

DFAT congratulates the finalists and winners of the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards, announced in Sydney on 1 August 2013.

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Solo Icon 2012 wows Honiara

Staff at DFAT's mission in Honiara were proud to support this year's Solo Icon singing competition, an event that has been engaging and enthralling fans around the Solomon Islands each year since 2006.

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Crispin Howarth, the National Gallery of Australia's curator of Pacific art, shows Vanuatu High Commissioner Kalfau Kaloris through the Kastom exhibition

Kastom: A rich expression of the art of Vanuatu

DFAT is proud to support Kastom, a major exhibition of art from Vanuatu at the National Gallery of Australia. The title, adapted from the English “custom”, underlines Vanuatuan reverence for culture, ceremony and tradition.

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June 2013

Teenagers from Norsup area watch the short films.

Democratic dreams win People's Choice at Namatan Short Film Festival in Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, the Australian High Commission and the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) partnered to create the second Namatan Short Film Festival.

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