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Kungkarangkalpa: Seven Sisters Songline

Alive with the Dreaming!

1 and 2 March 2013, National Museum of Australia. Food and drink can be purchased.


Please note this is an outdoor event at our grassed Amphitheatre. Due to heavy rain over the past few days we advise people to bring warm clothing and something waterproof to sit on.

Keep an eye on this website for event updates. 

Inawinytji's Painting, Seven Sisters Kuli
Inawinytji's painting, Seven Sisters Kuli, D James, 2003.

Senior desert dancers of Kungkarangkalpa: the Seven Sisters, will fly from the red sands of Central Australia to the shores of Lake Burley Griffin for a series of performances at the National Museum of Australia.

The ancient chants of the Western Desert epic song saga of the Seven Sisters will fill the night as the dancers join people from all over the continent to celebrate the Centenary of Canberra.

By singing up the living cultural routes of trade, story, dance, art and music that criss‑cross our country, they will symbolically join the nation’s capital to the nation’s heart

Kungkarangkalpa dancing at Cave Hill.

Based on the Orion and Pleiades constellations, it is a story of operatic proportions, performed with energy and vitality by dancers from the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara lands of Central Australia.

Creative director Wesley Enoch, a Stradbroke Island man, is working with APY Lands Anangu custodians and Dr Diana James, director of the Songlines Project and producer Helen Healy to bring this Kungkarangkalpa: the Seven Sisters to the nation’s capital. Presented by the Centenary of Canberra with the Alive with the Dreaming! Songlines of the Western Desert Australian Research Council Project partners Australian National University, National Museum of Australia, NPY Women’s Council, Ananguku Arts and Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC).

The Seven Sisters Songlines stretch for thousands of kilometres across the Australian continent. This work‑in‑progress is part of a huge project encompassing many different expressions of the saga, and will reach its finale in 2016.


Door sales: Tickets on sale at the Museum for Saturday night’s performance at the door from 7pm, until sold out.

Performance: 8pm

Tickets: Tickets are available online at, call 132849, visit any Ticketek outlet. Or purchase tickets at the door on the night (if not sold out).

Ticketek prices: Adult $20, Concession $15, Child (6-16 years inclusive) $10, child under 5 free.

Door prices: Adult $25, Concession $20, Child $15 (child age is 6-16 years inclusive).

Venue: Outdoor Amphitheatre, on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin, National Museum of Australia. Due to heavy rain over the past few days, we advise people attending the event to bring warm clothing and something waterproof to sit on. Please keep an eye on this website for updates.

Food and drinks: will be available for purchase.

Logos for the Centenary of Canberra, ACT Government, Australian Government, ActewAGL.
Logos for the Australian National University, Ananguku Arts and the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women's Council Aboriginal Corporation.