Announcement: MFTW is participating in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C.

With great pleasure the Mangroves from the Water exhibition will be a part of the United Arab Emirate pavilion at the upcoming Smithsonian Folklife Festival to be held at the National Mall, the park in the heart of the capital of the United States surrounded by the Smithsonian museums in Washington DC.  

The 2022 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will showcase the UAE, participating for the first time, along with the program Earth Optimism x Folklife highlighting community-based conservation. The festival will open on 22 June and close on 4 July, taking place over two weeks.  Events are free to the public and typically draw more than 600 000 visitors.

UAE Program Snapshot

United Arab Emirates: Living Landscape | Living Memory will explore the cultural traditions that emerge from Emirati experiences of migration and survival in close connection with land and sea.  At the same time, the program will be forward-looking and highlight visions for a diverse, sustainable future. The program is organised around three thematic clusters: Belonging, Place, and Creativity.  Engaging in majlis sessions on key topics, participants have the opportunity to share their experiences as artists, tradition-bearers and cultural experts.

Approximately 85 invited participants and presenters will make up the UAE delegation, representing a broad range of cultural heritage skills and knowledge.  This will be the first time that the UAE has been represented at the Festival, as well as the first Arab country since 2005.  The program curation is based on collaborative research.  We highly value the cooperation with many individuals and entities that make rich, accurate Festival programs possible.

The program team is lead by co-curators Michele Bambling and Rebecca Fenton, along with program coordinator Pablo Molinero Martinez.

For more information about the Smithsonian Festival, please open this link.

Zahidah Zeytoun Millie, Artist 

‘Mangroves from the Water’ founder & curator

Workshop and Events schedule

Exhibition dates are 11 – 18 August.

The official opening is on Saturday 14 August .

You can still view the list of events to make your choices to attend…booking details remain the same!

PLEASE DO VIEW THE FLYERS BELOW FOR THE NEW DATES FOR EVENTS BY Richard Collopy, Jacqui Dreessens and Nicola Cerini

The booking and contact information is mentioned next to each activity!

Schedule of events

Here is the schedule of talks, events and performances during our exhibition:

Mangroves from the water

Gordon Gallery, Deakin University, Geelong, Australia

26 July – 15 August

The exhibition will provide viewers with a range of media to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The artists also hope to see discussions occurring throughout the exhibition in a series of colloquia.

The artists are:

Alexis Gambis, Nicola Cerini, Enrico Santucci, Deb Taylor, Richard Collopy, Jacqui Dreessens, Stephanie Neville, Geraldine Chansard, Peter & Helen Martin, and Zahidah Zeytoun Millie.

 The exhibition event will open on International Mangroves Day, 26 July, and end on 15 August 2020 during National Science Week (15-23 August).   Workshops on weaving, printing and painting will run during the multimedia exhibition and guest speakers will present related talks on mangroves and the Barwon region.

Guest speakers:

Date/Time Guest Speaker Location Title
15 Aug,


Oskar Serrano Deakin University Coastal wetlands as weapons for climate change mitigation and time capsules of the human past
15 Aug, 1100-1200 Peter Martin Deakin University For the Beauty of the Earth


Workshops schedule:                                                                 

Date/Time Presenter Workshop Location Materials
31 Jul,


14 Aug,


7 Aug,


Zahidah Zeytoun Millie Kayaking/water colour sketching. Barwon River, Barwon Heads

Hovells Creek

Water colours, sketch book, kayak (self provided)
1 Aug, 1000-1600 Helen Martin Eco printing Point Lonsdale
2 Aug,



Deb Taylor 2 hour collage

and paint


Project Space Gallery
26 Jul,



8 Aug, 1400-6500


 22 Aug,


Jacqueline Dreessens Environmental Dance  Interpretation The Project Space Gallery

Hovells Creek


theatre TBC

15 Aug,


Nicola Cerini Interpreting the mangroves: printing on plywood The School of Lost Arts

 Live Performances

Date/Time Presenter Performance Location
Live music Project Space Gallery
26 July


Jacqueline Dreessens Environmental Dance  Interpretation The Project Space Gallery