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Malianive shares what Tongan culture means to her

Malianive shares what Tongan culture means to her

Fearlessly creative thanks to a strong sense of Community in culture Malianive was born in Tonga but grew up in regional Australia after her family migrated to the country in 1994. Now an English teacher for international university students, she’s got a flair for language (fluent in English, knows Tongan and Japanese and speaks German and Indonesian to varying degree), plus takes a beautiful photograph and loves to sketch. ( We also love it when she sings in her soft tones on her IG stories ... shhh!) Nive, as she’s known, took some time out from her day to share...

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Sharing food & harmonies is the inspiration for gorgeous creations

Sharing food & harmonies is the inspiration for gorgeous creations

Sharing is a huge part of Tongan-born, Brisbane based Ofa Fanaika’s creative practice, which she says stems directly from her connection to Island Culture. From making ceramic plates, bowls and platters big enough to share meals on, to her sense of musical freedom borne from her time in Tonga sharing in harmonies, singing with others and being generally surrounded by music as a child. Ofa took some time out from her busy schedule juggling her work in Arts and Outdoor Education, running events and her own pottery practice, to introduce herself and share some insight! “Oku ou hingoa ko 'Ofa...

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Big Beautiful Yellow Sunflowers say all of the things for the fabulous Tommy Misa

Big Beautiful Yellow Sunflowers say all of the things for the fabulous Tommy Misa

Sydney’s Tommy Misa creates as a writer, actor and performer with a growing list of fantastic venues, collaborations and projects in play, and identifies as Fa’afafine. From film and theatre to contemporary art, Queer club culture and music festivals, Tommy’s work is informed by their lived experience. He's performed on the stages of Belvoir, Sydney Oprah house, Sydney Mardi Gras and collaborated on performances for First draft gallery, the Cuban Biennale and the 2020 Sydney Biennale. We’re very chuffed Tommy found some love for our Island Culture series … and sat down (or maybe it was then that they were...

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Janet Ambrose talks to us about Australian South Sea Islanders

Janet Ambrose talks to us about Australian South Sea Islanders

Have you ever heard of Australian South Sea Islanders? I hadn't until I was lucky enough to meet Janet. Australian South Sea Islanders were brought to Queensland between 1863 to 1904 from more than 80 islands in the South Sea, including the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea. Kidnapped or tricked (known as blackbirded) from their islands of heritage, and brought to Queensland as labourers for the sugar cane industry, history suggests this was part of Australia’s slave trade, and at its peak, the recruiting accounted for half the adult male population of some South Sea islands. Artist,...

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Pasifika woman & award winning visual artist Tamara Armstrong

Pasifika woman & award winning visual artist Tamara Armstrong

Tamara Armstrong is an award winning visual artist based at Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast hinterland of Queensland. Known for her layered mix of vibrant colours, tropical plants and geometric angles, she paints to understand her life and cultural heritage as she lives it, blending her innate love for colour and nature with contemporary perspectives of ‘connection’, to create visually bold and uplifting imagery.     We fell in love with her ‘Women of Colour’ series a couple of years ago. Her stunning portraits of fellow Australian Women of Colour and Colourful Women of Substance platforms some of the...

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