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Treasure Islands Episode 5: Tonga

June 14, 2023 10:00 am

Treasure Islands is a video series and Collection research project produced by Arts & Cultural Exchange in collaboration with the Powerhouse and on-island and Australian-born Samoans, Fijians, Cook Islanders, Tongans, Papua New Guineans and I-Kiribati.

In six island-specific episodes featuring conversations and performances facilitated by Samoan producer Lalau Leo Tanoi, knowledgeable guests discuss chosen cultural belongings including drums, baskets, tivaevae, pottery, symbolic gifts, dancing skirts and other attire from the Powerhouse Pasifika collection.

Treasure Islands was produced and directed by Victoria Harbutt, ACE Producer, Special Projects and filmed by Samoan photographer Greg Semu at Powerhouse Castle Hill.


Producer/Director Victoria Harbutt (ACE)

Lead Curator/Presenter Lalau Leo Tanoi

Curator Vanessa Jacob (PHM)

Director of Photography Greg Semu

Editor Lyndal Irons

Conservator Bronwyn Dunn (PHM)

Program Producers Anne-Louise Dadak, Rebecca Gallo, Nikki Brogan (PHM)

Treasure Islands Contemporary theme Leo Tanoi


If you enjoyed this episode of Treasure Islands, be sure to check the behind the scenes photos of Episode 5: Tonga!

Check out the cultural belongings from the Powerhouse that are featured in Treasure Islands:

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