The World Federation of Friends of Museums and the Australian Federation of Friends of Museums are looking forward to welcoming you to Australia in March next year for the XVII World Congress.
It is a long journey to Australia for many of you, so the program we have organised is more comprehensive than usual in order to make the travel worthwhile. Furthermore, our currency, being at a ten-year low, will make the Euro, Pound or the US Dollar go so much further.
The Congress starts in Sydney, with an optional program for our International Friends on Monday evening 23 March to Tuesday 24 March. This exciting program will be hosted by the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales.
The program continues in Canberra with the Welcome Reception on Wednesday evening 25 March, followed by the remainder of the Congress, which you can see on our website.
Visiting Australia provides the opportunity to experience the oldest living culture in the world, that of Aboriginal Australians. Their culture is more than 40,000 years old. The first documented European explorers were the Dutch in 1606, and in 1770 Captain James Cook, with Sir Joseph Banks in HMS Endeavour, landed in Botany Bay. 2020 is the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s first voyage to Australia and the Pacific, marking the beginning of British colonisation.
Australia is an island continent, about 32 times larger than the UK, and the sixth largest country in the world after Russia, Canada, China, the USA and Brazil. We have unique wildlife; my favourites are the Platypus and the Echidna, both of them egg-laying mammals (monotremes). And yes, you are sure to see a Kangaroo while you are in Canberra.
So come and visit our ‘Wide Brown Land’. We are waiting to welcome you in both Sydney and Canberra, where you can enjoy the company of your fellow Friends from around the world.
With best wishes,
World Federation of Friends of Museums