Saturday 27 March 2021  |  2:30PM


A smiling, sepia photograph and a lock of hair in a golden locket: memento of personal grief. A Thylacine pelt from Tasmania: symbol of extinction, transience; an irretrievable past. A cricket bat used and autographed by Sir Donald Bradman: a benchmark of national achievement. A rusted gate from the entrance to the Kinchela Aboriginal Boys Training Home in northern NSW: a testament to a dark, brutal past. These objects evoke powerful stories of Australian history.

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of Australia, guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan have selected eighteen evocative objects from the collection in Canberra, composing deeply personal responses to them that take us through histories of early Indigenous Australians to the making of contemporary Australian society.

Beginning with their own experiences of migration and familial reinvention, this unique project will exhibit some of these priceless artefacts in concert experiences that collectively highlight moments of the continent’s complex history. The project breaks new ground in advancing our cultural life and sustaining our collective sense of who we are, suggesting new ways of collaborating in a world searching for ways to cope with technological change and the existential threats of our times.

Commissioned by the National Museum of Australia with support from Ulrike Klein AO.


Slava Grigoryan (b. 1976) and Leonard Grigoryan (b. 1985)

This Is Us: A Musical Reflection of Australia

I. Love Token
II. Deep Time
III. Southern Sky
IV. Journey Women
V. Love and Forgiveness
VI. Song for the Road
VII. Fred's Vision*
VIII. Stolen
IX. Don's Bat*


X. Thylacine
XI. Hunter's Edge
XII. Šąn Tre*
XIII. Desperation
XIV. Mourning Dress
XV. A Fortunate Wind
XVI. Two Homes, One Heart
XVII. Our Land
XVIII. Hidden Past

* The objects that inspired these works will be exhibited at UKARIA Cultural Centre following the performance and appear courtesy of the National Museum of Australia.

Note Complimentary afternoon tea will be served in the alfresco during the interval.


The wellbeing of our audience and artists is our first priority. We've implemented a number of measures to make your experience at UKARIA as safe as possible.


UKARIA holds an SA Health approved COVID-Safe Plan enabling us to host events up to 75% of our maximum capacity, provided all patrons wear masks.

Checking In

Upon arrival, we require all patrons to register their details for contact tracing. Checking in is quick and easy:

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  • Scan the QR code (located in the concert hall foyer and alfresco bar area) with your phone's camera
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  • Follow the prompts
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If you do not have a smartphone, or experience any issues checking in on your device, don't panic: we will have a sign-up sheet available in the foyer where you can manually write down your details. Please see our Front of House team in the foyer, who will be able to assist you.


All seats are general admission. If you require mobility-impaired access, please let us know by emailing [email protected] or phoning (08) 8227 1277.

Hand Sanitiser

Hand sanitiser will be provided in the foyer and alfresco bar.

Entering the Auditorium

The doors of the auditorium will open fifteen minutes prior to the start time of the event. Please see our front-of-house team in the foyer, who will check your ticket details and direct you to an usher who will help you find your seats.


Complimentary afternoon tea will be served after the performance. The bar will be open ninety minutes prior to the event. We encourage you to wander through the garden to help us maintain physical distancing.

Photo: Simon Shiff

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