LAUNCH OF “LE HAVRE, AUSTRALIAN STOPOVER” – AUSTRALIA NOW FRANCE 2021-22
Australian Ambassador to France and Honorary President of ABIE France, H.E. Gillian Bird PSM was in Le Havre this weekend to launch “Le Havre, Australian stopover”, a rich and varied programme of events on Australia and its links to this city, organised as part of Australia now France 2021-22.
During her visit, Ambassador Bird was hosted by the Mayor of Le Havre and former French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe, who is a long-standing friend of Australia. They discussed a range of topics including the Australia now 2021-22 programme and the Australia-EU FTA.
ABIE France President and CEO International at Keolis Group, Bernard Tabary, also attended the launch. Keolis, which has a significant presence in Australia, is an official partner of Australia now 2021-22.
Mayor Édouard Philippe and Ambassador Bird visited the Muséum d’histoire naturelle du Havre, which is currently exhibiting 220 drawings by Charles-Alexandre Lesueur and Nicolas-Martin Petit from Baudin’s expedition to Australia (1800-1804), alongside contemporary Australian creations.
The visit continued to the Abbaye de Graville, which is hosting two exhibitions: “Australia, beyond the Dream – Art of Papunya”, looking at the Western Desert Art Movement in the 1970s and “Australia, beyond the Dream – Kulata Tjuta”, which focuses on the engagement of Indigenous elders from the APY lands to maintain and pass on their culture and traditions to the younger generation.
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