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Memento : Issue 19
Barbecue bash forbelonging! january 2002 memento 5 After the pomp of the Sydney opening of the Belonging exhibition by the Governor-General and the glitz of the Melbourne launch by the Prime Minister, the backyard barbecue opening in Canberra had a very different flavour. Suppor ted by the National Council for the Centenary of Federation, Belonging is a touring exhibition that explores Australians' sense of place from Federation until today. It's a huge topic but it's covered in a most informative, enter taining, nostalgic and honest way. At the Canberra opening, guests enjoyed sizzling snacks from por table barbecues on the National Library forecour t, while inside they mingled around Hills hoists and topiary animals and listened to Can Belto's fanfare of ethnic songs. The new Chairman of the Library Council, Sir James Gobbo AC welcomed everyone to the Library, which was hosting one half of Belonging while the other half was in the Archives' gallery. Our Acting Director-General, Anne- Marie Schwir tlich and Director-General of the Library, Jan Fuller ton, spoke of the cooperation that went into Belonging. Rober t Belleville, Chief Operating Officer for sponsors AAMI, said how pleased his company was to suppor t such a significant exhibition. Without doubt, the highlight of the evening was the inspirational speech given by international lawyer Jason Yat-Sen Li. Jason talked about the notion of belonging and not belonging, recalling humorous and touching incidents from his childhood in the outer Sydney suburb of Bexley. Jason's way with words left everyone in the audience nodding in agreement. After its Canberra showing, Belonging has moved to the Tasmanian Museum and Ar t Gallery where it will continue until 4 March 2002. It then travels to the Queensland Museum, where it will be on show from 12 October to 8 December 2002. Peter Read spoke on the topic of belonging during the Tracking Kultja festival last year. Tracking Kultja Barbecue bash forbelonging! The opening of the Belonging exhibition in Canberra was a colourful event, complete with barbecues, Hills hoists and a topiary kangaroo. Jason Yat-Sen Li opened the Belonging exhibition in Canb erra. Last October, Peter Read talked to a captivated audience in our Canberra building about what it means to belong. Peter gave insights into why Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians have a different sense of belonging. Peter is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the Australian National University and author of Belonging: Australian's Place and Aboriginal Ownership. Peter's talk was one of the highlights of our program for Tracking Kultja, a new and exciting national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural festival held in Canberra in 2001.