WFFM Congress Canberra 2020
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Welcome

Dear Friends,

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,

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Carolyn Forster
President
World Federation of Friends of Museums
September 2019

 
 
Carolyn Forster, President, World Federation of Friends of Museums

Carolyn Forster, President, World Federation of Friends of Museums

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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WFFM Congress 2020 IN CANBERRA AUSTRALIA

2020 Vision

The Australian Federation of Friends of Museums is delighted to host the 2020 WFFM Annual General Assembly and Congress in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. Surrounded by native bush, this culturally vibrant young city is enriched by multiple national cultural institutions dotted around the central Lake Burley Griffin.

AFFM member institutions in Canberra include the National Museum of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the National Portrait Gallery, the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the National Arboretum, the National Film and Sound Archive, the Australian National University Drill Hall Gallery and the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

AFFM members from the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales also invite International Delegates and Young Friends to enjoy a preliminary program in Sydney, introducing visitors to the world renowned Sydney Harbour, the Sydney Botanical Gardens, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Circular Quay.

 
 
 

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Schedule of Events

Photographs from  Rendez-vous ἀ Montréal  General Assembly Meeting May 2019 Bruce Bolton, President of the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums. Vice President of North America for WFFM. He is piping guests into the Banquet Dinner at Château Dufresn.

Photographs from Rendez-vous ἀ Montréal
General Assembly Meeting May 2019
Bruce Bolton, President of the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums.
Vice President of North America for WFFM.
He is piping guests into the Banquet Dinner at Château Dufresn.

 
Photographs from  Rendez-vous ἀ Montréal  General Assembly Meeting May 2019 Marie Sénecal-Tremblay, Vice President Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums and René Faure, President de la Société des Aimis due Mucem. (Marseille)

Photographs from Rendez-vous ἀ Montréal
General Assembly Meeting May 2019
Marie Sénecal-Tremblay, Vice President Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums and René Faure, President de la Société des Aimis due Mucem. (Marseille)

 

Details of the Congress program will be uploaded closer to the event.

The 2020 Congress will feature:

  1. An optional program for International Delegates, International Accompanying Persons and Young Friends in Sydney, hosted by the Art Society of New South Wales. Commencing Monday March 23 with a welcome reception followed on Tuesday March 24 with a day of cultural and outdoor sight seeing in the precinct of the magnificent Sydney Harbour.

  2. The Congress: Wednesday March 25 - Sunday March 29 in Canberra. Including the Executive Committee meeting for Board Members, General Assembly, keynote speakers and tours of premier cultural institutions.

  3. Young Friends additional program, Wednesday March 25 - Saturday March 28.

 
Young Friends at Moment Factory WFFM Congress Montreal 2019

Young Friends at Moment Factory
WFFM Congress Montreal 2019

 
 
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View of sydney harbour from the royal botanical garden sydney

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Courtesy of VisitCanberra

The aboriginal memorial at the national gallery of

australia

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Courtesy of VisitCanberra

CANBERRA, THE BUSH CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA

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Courtesy of VisitCanberra

walk up mount ainslie

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Courtesy of VisitCanberra

australia’s National art collection

 Location

Canberra Australia

 

find out more about what you can see and do in Canberra: https://visitcanberra.com.au/canberra-region

Canberra is blessed with an abundance of culture and artistic expression. Our museums and galleries house living collections of national and international acclaim, as well as local works, to savour and inspire.

A thriving local art scene of creative minds combined with the growth and renewal of precincts across the city being driven by a new generation of Canberrans has added to the unique culture of Australia’s capital city.

A great way to explore the city is by catching the free Culture Loop shuttle bus – a hop on, hop off service close by many of the city’s main cultural attractions and precincts.