Immerse Yourself in Japanese Flower Arrangement.
Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival is an innovative international cultural festival promoting ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arrangement. It aims to increase community understanding, enjoyment and participation in ikebana.
The Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival is a combination of free exhibitions, ticketed workshops, conferences and demonstrations, a dining experience with Ocha Japanese Restaurant, and an ikebana installation with live music by renowned Australian pianist and composer Paul Grabowsky AO.
This year, the festival includes an online exhibition Hanadayori, which welcomes requests from people worldwide to be responded to by international ikebana masters and practitioners. These works will be published online to mark the beginning of the Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival.
The Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival is also pleased to launch the Ikebana Container Award, presenting an opportunity for ceramic artists to create artworks to inspire ikebana artists. Judged by internationally renowned ceramic artist, Hiroe Swen, the prize is worth $1,000.
For more about Melbourne Ikebana Festival, please visit our FAQ page.
Harmony (wa) through flowers - for society and the environment.
People around the world experiencing, enjoying, understanding and appreciating ikebana individually and together.
To increase community understanding, enjoyment and participation in ikebana by promoting the benefits of ikebana as
Values and Behaviours
Wa committee members, staff and volunteers are from a range of ikebana schools, experience and backgrounds. We value the following behaviours and strive to act in accordance with them.