New Caledonia is bursting with artists, painters, sculptors, singers, dancers and actors. The art scene is rich and diverse. Several cultural locations and art galleries are within reach. 

Art at the cultural center

Tjibaou, Hienghène, Mont-Dore, Dumbéa – cultural centers and multimedia libraries are an important part to any visit to New Caledonia. A must-see is the Tjibaou cultural center, located in Nouméa, boasting the richness of Melanesian culture of the past and especially of today. Created by architect Renzo Piano, the building is formed from stylized huts that house permanent and temporary exhibits. 

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    Art in galleries

    New Caledonia is a land that inspires artists. Most of the galleries are found in Nouméa, but isn’t uncommon to find exhibits in hotels in Grande Terre. Exhibits usually last about two weeks and the styles are very eclectic. 

  • Theatre de l'Ile in Nouméa

    Art at the theatre

    Do you love the theatre? In New Caledonia, you won’t be disappointed either by the quality of the shows or by the choice. The theatre arts scene is extremely lively and passionate. Professional and amateur troops put on inspired or classic plays every month. The Théâtre de l’Île often hosts plays from France to delight the actors, who can then perform close to their audience. 

  • Music festival in Nouméa

    Art in the street!

    With fantastic music, song or dance festivals, New Caledonia boasts a year-long schedule of various activities, which are often held outdoors. In legendary places like Château Hagen, the Tjibaou cultural center puts on public cultural events you shouldn’t miss. The open-air cinema in the middle of the summer is also a must-see!

  • wooden craft in New Caledonia

    Import Conditions

    Travelers going back to Australia are able to bring wood items from New Caledonia as personal consignments (that is small, non-commercial quantities).The current conditions for entry wood items into Australia are as follows: importations are permitted without an import permit or phytosanitary certificate if wood items are free of bark, live insects, seed, soil, plant and animal debris and any infestation. Wooden crafts that do not meet these conditions must be treated, exported from Australia or destroyed (at the expense of the importer). These items are subject to inspection upon arrival to verify the item and ensure that it complies with the conditions previously stated. For further information, consult the Australian website.

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