Australian Embassy
The Philippines

Music and Art to Celebrate Philippines-Australia Friendship Week in Davao


The Australian Embassy brings the celebration of Philippines-Australia Friendship Day to Davao with a weekend festival at SM Lanang Premier from 25 to 27 May. 

The three-day festival will feature trade booths by Australia-educated entrepreneurs; booths from Australian universities; and a visa information session led by the Embassy’s Chief Immigration Officer.  

The weekend fair will also provide visitors with a taste of Australian culture with an exhibit and concert.  “This is our way of giving Davaoeños an opportunity to experience Australia through art and music,” said Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely.

The Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route graphic display will be on show during the three-day fair at SM Lanang Premier. The remarkable replica exhibit, curated by the National Museum of Australia, features stories and stunning artworks from senior and emerging Indigenous Australian artists and traditional custodians who returned to their Country in Australia’s Western Desert.

A highlight of the weekend fair will be a free concert that will feature the unique sound of the didgeridoo, performed by acclaimed Indigenous Australian artist Jeremy Donovan. Donovan is one of Australia's most celebrated Indigenous didgeridoo players, an artist and keynote speaker.  

Through Donovan’s music and the Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route exhibit, Filipinos will be able to experience Australian Indigenous culture. 

Donovan will play the didgeridoo in both traditional and contemporary performances and will also collaborate with Filipino talent.   

As part of the celebration, shoppers at SM Lanang Premier and SM City Ecoland will get a chance to win tickets for two to Australia via Qantas.  

Philippines-Australia Friendship Week is presented by the Australian Embassy in partnership with the Davao City Government, SM Lanang, Qantas and the Australia Global Alumni. 

For more information about the first Philippines – Australia Friendship Day celebration, visit Like Australia in the Philippines on Facebook and follow @AusAmbPH on Twitter, @AusEmbPH on Instagram.


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