Tjibaou Cultural Centre
Tjibaou Cultural Centre information
The cultural centre is a tribute to a remarkable man, pro-independence Kanak leader Tjibaou who was assassinated in 1989. It sits in a peaceful woodland and mangrove setting on Tina Peninsula. Displays include sculpture, paintings and photographs representing Kanak culture, as well as other cultures from around the Pacific. The main buildings are a series of tall, curved wooden structures which rise majestically above the trees. The harmony between this contemporary architecture (designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, who also designed Paris’ Pompidou Centre) and the surrounding landscape is amazing. Behind the main building are traditional grandes cases; Kanak dance shows by We Ce Ca are held every Tuesday and Thursday at 2.30pm (2500 CFP). Amenities include a multimedia library, theatre, shop and cafe. Blue-line city buses and the Noumea Explorer bus run regularly to the centre.