Tanabata: Star Village at the Observatory

2–17 July 2016, 10am – 4.30pm Sydney Observatory

Discover the astronomical legend of Tanabata these holidays as, together with ArtsPeople, you help us create a magical world of woven yarn and bamboo on the Observatory’s lawn.

Tanabata is a Japanese legend which celebrates the story of how two stars – Orihime (Vega), a heavenly princess who weaves clouds, and Hikoboshi (Altair), a cow-herder – came to fall in love and be in the sky. Each year, on 7 July, these star lovers meet while the rest of the year they are separated by the Milky Way.

This immersive, participatory art experience is suitable for all ages and is FREE!

Drop in to contribute to the growing installation created by ArtsPeople and Slow Art Collective (artists Chaco Kato and Dylan Martorell) and take part in a suite of Tanabata activities:

  • Listen to a story about Tanabata and learn more about Orihime and Hikoboshi, the star lovers separated by the Milky Way (hourly from 10.30 am).
  • Learn how to fold origami creations to hang up or to take home!
  • Write your wish for the future on a tanzaku wishing card and hang it on the bamboo sculpture.

An ArtsPeople production at Sydney Observatory, in partnership with the Japan Foundation, Sydney







This is a FREE event.

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Plan Your Experience

All the information you need to plan your visit is available on the Sydney Observatory venue page, including:

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