Indigenous writer Anita Heiss in Austria
The Australian Embassy in Vienna, Austria, hosted a visit in June 2014 by well-known Australian author Dr Anita Heiss.
From Borroloola to Brazil for the World Cup
COALAR (the Council on Australia Latin America Relations) was delighted to support John Moriarty, the first Indigenous footballer picked to play for Australia, take eight young Indigenous footballers from Borroloola to Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Poet Les Murray at the Berlin Poetry Festival
Every summer Berlin invites up to 200 poets and artists from around the world to the Poesiefestival Berlin. They workshop poetry, and read to audiences drawn from some 10,000 visitors to the festival.
AWM conservators bringing WWI heroes to life
In the lead-up to the commemoration of WWI anniversaries, the Australian War Memorial's public diplomacy efforts in France include lending historic items to European museums.
Indonesian Students 'shred' at Skate Jam Indonesia 2014
Professional skaters from skate brand, DC and a team of coaches from Skateboarding Australia have been touring Indonesia teaching skateboarding skills to Indonesian youth.
Top End to Tassie (via Canberra): the Liz O'Neill Award 2014
DFAT hosted this year's Elizabeth O'Neill Award winner, Ms Fitria Sofyani, in two of our less-travelled states, the Northern Territory and Tasmania, as well as Sydney and Canberra.
From Cairns to Brazil via APAM in Brisbane: the Medics
Contemporary music artists are using music markets to showcase their performances, with great music export results.
Nepali micro-entrepreneur awarded Oslo Business for Peace award
Ms Kesha Kumari Damini headed to Norway to receive the 2014 Oslo Business for Peace Award in Oslo in May 2014.
'League Bilong Laif' – integrating Rugby League into PNG's national curriculum
A partnership between Australia and Papua New Guinea, funded under the Australian Government’s Pacific Sports Partnerships initiative will help PNG harness the power of rugby league and transform children’s lives.
Marking the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Australia relations
To highlight the 40th anniversary of Australia's relations with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) on 16 April, DFAT's Public Diplomacy Branch recently hosted seven journalists from the ASEAN region. They visited Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
The Essex Regiment reunited with some precious military history
DFAT's Tasmania State Office and the Australian High Commission in London recently helped reunite the Essex Regiment Museum in Chelmsford, UK, with some important historic military records.
A Circle Closed – Australian author Tim Bonyhady traces his Austrian heritage
Australia's Ambassador to Austria, David Stuart, recently hosted a dinner for Australian author and academic Professor Tim Bonyhady, who was in Austria to launch the German translation of his book "Good Living Street – The Fortunes of my Viennese Family" (Wohllebengasse. Die Geschichte meiner Wiener Familie).
'Sports diplomacy': the Socceroos visit Brazil
The Socceroos recently visited Brasilia to play an international friendly against the Brazilian football team, arguably the best team in the world. The visit was a powerful reminder of just effective 'sports diplomacy' can be.
DFAT Launches Book: Wife and Baggage to Follow
On 30 October, DFAT Secretary Peter Varghese AO launched Wife and Baggage to Follow, by Rachel Miller, published by Halstead Press, at the RG Casey Building.
Media release: DFAT Launches Book: Wife and Baggage to Follow
Vertical Villages: the domestic lives of Sydney's international students expressed as art
International students are an important community group in Australia. 'Vertical Villages' project is engaging artists and international students in a bilateral dialogue and investigating the student experience in Sydney.
Australia inspires Europe in river management
David Stuart, Australian Ambassador to Austria, presented the inaugural Thiess International Riverprize in Vienna in September 2013. The prize is modelled on the Australian Riverprize. (Photo © International RiverFoundation)
A rich resource: government records tell the story of Australia and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
DFAT has financed and published Australia and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, a new volume in the series Documents on Australian Foreign Policy. The series is part of DFAT’s mission to publish an accurate, comprehensive and impartial record of Australia’s foreign and trade policy.
Grandad the Australian lungfish celebrates 80 years in Chicago
In 1933, Sydney’s Taronga Zoo and Chicago’s John G Shedd Aquarium collaborated to showcase Australian native fish at the Century of Progress World’s Fair.
DFAT's cultural diplomacy programs feature in the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards
DFAT congratulates the finalists and winners of the inaugural Australian Arts in Asia Awards, announced in Sydney on 1 August 2013.
Solo Icon 2012 wows Honiara
Staff at DFAT's mission in Honiara were proud to support this year's Solo Icon singing competition, an event that has been engaging and enthralling fans around the Solomon Islands each year since 2006.
Kastom: A rich expression of the art of Vanuatu
DFAT is proud to support Kastom, a major exhibition of art from Vanuatu at the National Gallery of Australia. The title, adapted from the English “custom”, underlines Vanuatuan reverence for culture, ceremony and tradition.
Democratic dreams win People's Choice at Namatan Short Film Festival in Vanuatu
In Vanuatu, the Australian High Commission and the Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC) partnered to create the second Namatan Short Film Festival.