0412173809 / 0419468204 [email protected]

SYDNEY'S PREMIER PACIFIC ISLANDS CULTURAL ARTS CENTRE

MATAVAI PACIFIC CULTURAL ARTS

Promoting and teaching the positive fundamentals of Pacific culture through dance, language, music and creative arts.

UNITE . SHARE . CONNECT

 

Our Mission & Vision

United under the banner of Matavai, people from all walks of life share their stories and culture in a constructive, safe and nurturing space. Matavai promotes the teaching of positive fundamental aspects of Pacific culture through dance, music, language and creative arts. Both the staff and student community of Matavai work towards creating healthy, spiritual connections that transcends the physical barriers of ocean divides between our islands and emotional divides due to historic oppression and displacement. Re-connecting the Australian-Pacific community with their history and ancestors is a key goal of Matavai, which is achieved through the passing down of ancient traditions and art forms.

In the words of Teresa Teaiwa, “you can’t paint the Pacific with just one brush stroke”; that is why Matavai teaches each nation’s cultural art as its own respected discipline but under the holistic notion of a united Oceania. As a community, Matavai encourages the discovery of one’s culture as being linked with one’s discovery of self and healthy overall development.

That is why the purpose of Matavai exceeds cultural performance and entertainment. Instead, Matavai extends itself to be an active community center promoting cultural pride, cultural inclusion and multicultural values. Learn More

2024 In-Studio Classes

2024 Term 1 Dates:

Enrolments: Open Now
Classes start: 12/02/24

Location *NEW*

Lurnea Community Hub
66 Hill Rd, Lurnea
NSW 2170

Opening Hours

Mon: 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Tues: 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Weds: 4:00pm – 9:30pm

Thurs: 4:30pm – 8:30pm

Sat: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Sun: Closed

Contact Information

0412173809 / 0419468204
[email protected]

Quick Info

2024 In-Studio Classes

Term 1 – 2024 enrolments are now available! 

  • Term 1 2024 Dates:
    Start: 12th February 2024
    End: 6th April 2024

  • Term 2 2024 Dates:
    Start: 22nd April 2024
    End: 29th June 2024

  • Term 3 2024 Dates:
    Start: 15th July 2024
    End: 21st September 2024

  • Term 4 2024 Dates:
    Start: 7th October 2024
    End: 7th December 2024

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Talanoa Program

Cultural wellbeing project with Western Sydney University Talanoa Program. Learn More

 

Classes Information

View all classes available at Matavai Pacific cultural Arts

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Staff Directory

Meet our tutors and staff.

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Child Protection Policy

At Matavai we are very serious when it comes to the wellbeing of you children, Please take the time to read out Child Protection Policy.

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Oceania Tu Archives

Oceania Tu (Oceania Stand) is a digital talkshow hosted by Sevu Waqa, MC Trey and Maryjane. Watch now

 

 

General Info

Founders: Maryjane & Frederick Schwenke

 

Child Protection Policy

2024 Term 1 Sign Ups Now Available!

Matavai is proudly supported by:

Western Sydney University

Institute of Economics and Peace