Updated as of February 25, 2024. Please note that there may be future changes. Tickets will be available for purchase in June 2024.

06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Ikebana Dinner Show
Location: Beleura House, Mornington

Watch elegant ikebana creations by our guest artist, Oshun Tsukagoshi unfold before your eyes as you enjoy special meal at one of Melbourne's finest Historical Houses & Gardens (National Trust). Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Opening
Location: Salon, Abbotsford Convent

Mr. David Limbrick, Member of Parliament for Victoria, will inaugurate the festival.
Awards presentation for Wa Ikebana Award, Bridal Bouquet Award & Melbourne Ikebana Container Award - Hiroe Swen Award.
Each exhibitors (including ikebana container exhibitors) can invite up to 3 friends and family to the opening. If you are invited by an exhibitor, you don't need to book. Please contact us (wa.ikebana@gmail.com) if you would like invite 4 or more people.

11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ikebana Exhibition & Ikebana Container Award Exhibition
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Free Admission. The special exhibition features 20 Ikebana Shofu artists traveling from Japan. All ikebana containers are for sale (Ikebana container award section only).

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Artists Talk
Location: Community Room, Abbotsford Convent

Free event. Meet our exhibitors. No booking required.

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Ikebana Demonstration
Location: Salon, Abbotsford Convent

Six demonstrators will create Ikebana works in 6 min. each. This event is a great introduction to Ikebana. Some of our demonstrators are members of Wa Melbourne Ikebana Festival Committee. We appreciate their hard work for this festival.
Fee: $10.
Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM
Ikebana Workshop
Location: Salon, Abbotsford Convent

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03:00 PM - 03:45 PM
Ikebana Workshop
Location: Salon, Abbotsford Convent

Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

04:00 PM - 04:45 PM
Ikebana Workshop
Location: Salon, Abbotsford Convent

Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ikebana Containers Stalls
Location: Balcony, Community Room, Abbotsford Convent

Nation's top ceramic artists open their stalls.

11:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Hiroe Swen Exhibition
Location: Mural Hall, Salon, Abbotsford Convent

Free Admission. An internationally renowned ceramic artist, Hiroe Swen (awarded the Order of Australia and the Order of the Rising Sun), will be held.

06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Ikebana Performance
Location: Melbourne Recital Centre

Ikebana Performance by Shoso Shimbo with accompanied music by Slava Grigoryan.

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ikebana Exhibition & Ikebana Container Award Exhibition
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Free Admission.The special exhibition features 20 Ikebana Shofu artists traveling from Japan. All ikebana containers are for sale (Ikebana container award section only).

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Ikebana for Men
Location: Salon, Abbotsford Convent

This workshop is for men who are interested in flowers. Female participants are also welcome.
Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Immersion: Ikebana in Japanese
Location: Salon, Abbotsford Convent

English is not allowed in this workshop. All instructions are given only in Japanese. It is like attending an ikebana class in Japan. Ideal for the students doing VEC Japanese or for those who intend to visit Japan soon. Our instructor is a native Japanese speaker with a degree in applied linguistics.
Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Artists Talk
Location: Linen Room, Abbotsford Convent

Free event. Meet our exhibitors. No booking required.

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Ikebana for Kids
Location: Salon, Abbotsford Convent

Duration: 45 min.
Age: Primary School Year 1 - Year 6
Visit our "Book Tickets" page for the details.

01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Ikebana Conference
Location: Salon, Abbotsford Convent

Wa: Melbourne Ikebana Festival is pleased to host a regular conference of the International Society of Ikebana Research (bit.ly/ikebanaresearch).

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Hana-Awase
Location: Salon, Abbotsford Convent

Eight ikebana artists will create collaborative works in a relay format. This is a game where the audience determines which group of 4 is superior.

04:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Bouquet Auction
Location: Salon

All welcome. Bridal Ikebana Bouquets are up for auction.

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Ikebana Containers Stalls
Location: Balcony, Community Room, Abbotsford Convent

Nation's top ceramic artists open their stalls.

10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Hiroe Swen Exhibition
Location: Mural Hall, Salon, Abbotsford Convent

Free Admission. An internationally renowned ceramic artist, Hiroe Swen (awarded the Order of Australia and the Order of the Rising Sun), will be held.

12:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Hanadayori
Location: Online

Deadline for sending requests for Hanadayori 花信 : Ikebana by Request - Online Exhibition. We plan to publish ikebana works with requests from the viewers in our website & YouTube. Visit Hanadayori 2023/25 page for the details.