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Gab Titui Cultural Centre reopens with exciting anniversary news!

Welcome back: Gab Titui Cultural Centre Retail Team Latifah Sam-Gela and Tyra Ware opening the Centre.

The Gab Titui Cultural Centre has reopened to the public after a brief closure to repair weather damage in January.

Community and visitors are now welcome to experience a revamped shopfront, before exploring authentic First Nations art in the Wabunaw Geth Gallery and the wisdom of Torres Strait Islander Elders in the Muruyguw Ngulayg/Au Le Ira Pardar Exhibition in the Ephraim Bani Gallery.

The much-anticipated reopening on Thursday 21 March is timely with the Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) announcing a huge week of celebrations to commemorate the Gab Titui Cultural Centre’s 20th anniversary in April.

TSRA Chairperson Napau Pedro Stephen AM said the festivities will include the launch of the Billy Missi touring exhibition, cultural and arts public programs and traditional and contemporary performances.

“The Gab Titui Cultural Centre has been a cultural keeping place and income source for artists, linguists and traditional practitioners since 2004,” Mr Stephen said.

“Over the past twenty years, Gab Titui has represented arts and cultural sovereignty in our region, enacting on the vision of our cultural leaders, Elders and community.

“The Torres Strait Regional Authority is excited to honour and reflect on Gab Titui’s history and achievements as we work with community to ensure a path for future success.”

The five-day anniversary celebrations are scheduled for Tuesday 16 April to Saturday 20 April 2024, with a full program to be released soon.

Fast facts:

  • The Gab Titui Cultural Centre is located on the corner of Victoria Parade and Blackall Street, Thursday Island.
  • The Centre is open Monday – Friday 10am to 3pm and Saturday 9:30am to 1pm (November to March) and Monday – Friday 9am – 4:30pm and Saturday 9:30am – 1pm (April to October).
  • The Gab Titui Cultural Centre’s 20th anniversary is on 16 April 2024.
  • Gab Titui was closed to the public for repairs from 24 January 2024.
  • During the unforeseen closure period, customers purchased art, gifts, and souvenirs via the online shop (shop.gabtitui.gov.au) and artists acquired materials and supplies via over the phone support.

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