The Tjibaou Cultural Centre
Opened some twenty years ago, on the 4th fo May, 1998, the Tjibaou Cultural Centre welcomes all the Caledonian communities, as well as vistors from all over the world to discover the charms and nuances of the rich and diverse Kanak cultural heritage.
Une culture vivante
Built on the Tina Peninsula, in the middle of an eight-hectar lot, the centre is named after independence leader Jean-Marie Tjibaou, who was assassinated in Ouvea in 1989 and was one of the signees of the Matignon Agreements in 1988. A hut in the site houses an exhibition dedicated to the life of Jean-Marie Tjibaou and his statue stands at the top of a hill on the site. The silhouettes of the centre's huts, inspired by traditional Kanak architecture, nowadays are a landmark in the city of Noumea and are an important symbol of its identity.
The project was designed by none other than the celebrated architect Renzo Piano, whose other well-known works include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Kansai Airport in Japan. If one is visiting the Tjbaou Cultural Centre for the first time, they are inevitably struck by the protagonism given to the vegetation on the site; plants are literally present everywhere. The idea is to highlight the symbolism of the botanical world in the Kanak universe.
Thus we encounter a row of columnar pines forming a majestic lane amidst the huts, along with other species endemic to New Caledonia. Now, twenty years after its opening, the Tjibaou Cultural Centre, anchored in the Pacific and resolutely looking towards
The Kanak universe
The Tjibaou Centre is home to various permanent exhibitions, such as "Homage to the Kanak Heritage Diaspora", located in the Bwenado Hut and includes items donated by the Quai Branly Museum in Paris. Throughout the year, the Centre also holds temporary exhibitions, such as the Ko Névâ exhibition, an annual of displays works produced by local artists.
The Kanak Trail
The "Kanak Trail", located behind the huts, traces, in the presence of numerous plants, the story of Téâ Kanaké, the founding hero and first Kanak man. Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, shows displaying traditional Kanak customs are staged here.
In addition, concerts and other cultural events are regularly held here, such as the Waan Dance Festival, and, more recently, the "Francofolies".
The Women's Market
On one Sunday each month, the Centre is the venue for the Rural Women's Market. The vendors here are women from local tribes, who come to sell recently harvested produce. This is an opportunity to stock up on fruit and vegetables sold directly by the growers themselves.