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Harvest of Endurance concert

Thursday 4 May 2017, 6.30–7.50pm

Presented in association with the Canberra International Music Festival

Portrait of William Yang.
William Yang.

One of the National Museum’s special objects, the Harvest of Endurance scroll, inspires a night of music as part of the Canberra International Music Festival.

See the scroll and hear performances by Ensemble Offspring, The Song Company and Luminescence Chamber Singers, with narration by William Yang.

All ages
Cost: $67 adult, $62 concession, $30 under 30, $25 under 18
Bookings: Canberra International Music Festival website
Main Hall
National Museum of Australia


About the scroll

The Harvest of Endurance is a 50-metre scroll held by the National Museum since 1992. Its 18 panels depict survival and resourcefulness across two centuries of Chinese settlement in Australia.

The scroll was created by Mo Xiangyi, with the assistance of Wang Jingwen and Mo Yimei and sponsored by the Australia–China Friendship Society for the Australian Bicentenary.

Explore our interactive Harvest of Endurance

Scroll depicting a group of people in discussion, and also preparing political banners and other material
Chinese Australians mark the launch of the 1911 Chinese republic, Harvest of Endurance scroll, 1988.
Scroll depicting a crowd of angry and distressed people
The 1861 Lambing Flat riots, depicted in the Harvest of Endurance scroll, 1988.
Scroll with Chinese brush characters
‘A scroll of the history of the Chinese in Australia’ inscription, Harvest of Endurance scroll, 1988.

Monochromatic logo with Canberra International Music Festival text