a Bit na Ta



Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre
Melbourne Museum
Nicholson Street
Carlton, Victoria, 3053
What's On

Featuring music from acclaimed Melbourne musician David Bridie, a Bit na Ta is a contemporary soundscape that explores the one hundred years leading to Papua New Guinea’s independence in 1975.

Papua New Guinea’s history of colonisation, political  self-determination, the impact of two devastating world  wars, as well as cataclysmic volcanic activity are explored through evocative music and visual experiences.

A celebration of resilience by the Tolai people of Papua New Guinea, a Bit na Ta marks a 30-year collaboration between Tolai singer George Telek and Australian musician and producer David Bridie. The exhibition also includes contemporary artworks made by Tolai artist Lisa Hilli  and objects from the museum collection. 

a Bit Na Ta is a collaboration between the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and the Wantok Musik Foundation and is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

a Bit Na Ta was commissioned for ‘No 1 Neighbour: Art in Papua New Guinea 1966-2016' from 15 October 2016 – 29 January 2017 at the Queensland Art Gallery.

Two figures in Papua New Guinean masks and costumes on a raft.
Tolai Men and their sacred tubuan objects performing a ritual Kinawai dance ceremony in the early hours of the morning on a Bit Na Ta (Blanche Bay).
Photo: G Kakabin