Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Nouméa, New Caledonia

Our visit to exotic New Caledonia exploring the Kanak culture on Grande Terre was very special and we savored the country’s beautiful nature and exciting Indigenous culture spiced with the necessary “French-ness”. The highlight of our stay in Nouméa was our visit to the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, fabulously designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 1998. The complex was named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the leader of the independence movement from the French rule, who in the end was assassinated.


The Tjibaou Centre is devoted to the representation of the linguistic and artistic heritage of the Kanak people, the natives of New Caledonia, and provides a link between the landscape and the built structures in the Kanak traditions. It was intended to create a symbol devoted to Kanak civilization.


Date: April 2011

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