Event for National Maritime Museum


33 Creative was contracted by the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney to event manage one day symposium, Nawi 2017 Travelling our Waters.

The Nawi symposium is an annual national gathering of Indigenous watercraft custodians and cultural practitioners. Nawi 2017 Travelling our Waters brought together Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural educators, historians, curators and collection managers to share and discuss their practicing knowledges of the rivers, oceans and watercraft of the world’s oldest continuous living culture. The symposium focused on Indigenous watercraft as a fundamental aspect of Australia’s national maritime story, extending the discussions begun five years ago at the first Nawi conference.

Key presenters included Djambawa Marawili AM – the ceremonial leader of the Madarrpa clan of north-east Arnhem Land, Sheldon Thomas – a master Ningher canoe builder from Tasmania, and Jimmy Thaiday and Lynette Griffiths from Erub who presented their Emerat Nar canoe.


  • Collated all presenter and performer bios
  • Drafted the layout of the event program
  • Liaised with ANMM on the venue and AV
  • Liaised with the event catering
  • Liaised with NITV regarding the live streaming component
  • Developed and sent call sheets for all presenters and performers and followed up with phone calls to ensure they were prepared for the day
  • Collated PowerPoint presentations
  • Event managed the symposium on the day