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Artwork: The Electric Canvas, National Library of Australia Pictures collection.

Sound: Kimmo Vennonen, National Library of Australia Oral History and Folklore collection.

animated video projection with supporting soundscape

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this presentation contains content which may be considered culturally sensitive including the images and voices of people who have passed away.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have called this continent, and its surrounding islands ‘home’ for millennia.

Knowledge, spirit, culture, song, ceremony and stories are embedded in the lands, skies, mountains and waterways – connection to, respect for, and caring of Country allows this to continue.

For more than 250 years people from around the globe have brought new stories, ideas, cultures, religions and practices to Australia. Movement has also bought disease, violence, disruption and dispossession, however through adversity and resilience, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Communities have been able to maintain the world’s oldest continuing living cultures.

Today, many celebrate Australia as a multicultural nation, a place where people of different backgrounds exist together in a society that embraces cultural differences, providing opportunities for prosperity and harmony.

Our Enlighten 2024 illuminations use the Library’s remarkable and ever-growing pictures collection to represent diverse connections to place and Country. They tell stories of migration, multiculturalism, sadness, joy and courage. They invite audiences to reflect on arrivals, departures, and constants. Leaving ‘home’. Coming ‘home’. Being ‘home’.  

The images are supported by a soundscape that showcases voices from our Oral History and Folklore collection.

A sense of home can bring us together regardless of our heritage. Find your home at your National Library.

Find out more about the Library’s Enlighten 2024 illuminations

Special thanks: The Electric Canvas, Kimmo Vennonen.

The National Library of Australia acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples – the First Australians – as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and gives respect to the Elders – past and present – and through them to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.