Tjibaou cultural center
Tjibaou cultural center

Just 8 kilometers from Noumea’s city center, the Tjibaou cultural center is a true haven of peace. It is an art and festival center where exhibitions and concerts are held all along the year.

The center was named after Jean-Marie Tjibaou, the kanak priest and leader of the independence movement who co-signed the important Matignon agreement (Peace) in 1988.

True architectural success, it has been designed by the famous Italian architect Renzo piano. Renzo Piano is well known for many constructions around the world including Kansai airport in Osaka, Pompidou center in Paris or The shard in London.  Amidst 8 hectares of nature, the center mixes tradition with modernity: the modern huts (called “Cases” in French) blend wood with metal.

The huts look unfinished to reflect the evolving nature of the kanak culture: rich of 2000 years of history in New Caledonia, the kanak culture is well alive.

A few numbers about the Tjibaou cultural center:

  • 1: the Tjibaou cultural center is really unique. At Oleti Tours, we enjoy it and we recommend you to visit it during your stay in New Caledonia. Contact us and we will be happy to guide you.
  • 2 distinct parts. When you walk inside the Tjibaou cultural center, on your right are the modern huts designed by Renzo piano, while on the left hand side are the traditional huts.
  • 3 villages. The modern huts are grouped in 3 different villages. In the first village, the emphasis is on exhibition activities. The second village complex is used for the offices for historians, researchers, curators of exhibitions and administrative staff. A bit further, the last village is devoted to creative activities such as dance, painting, sculpture, and music.
  • 3 is also the number of traditional huts, representative of construction techniques in each of the 3 province of New Caledonia.
  • 10 modern huts in reference to the 10 years between the Matignon agreement signature in 1988 and the inauguration of the center in 1998.
  • 28 meters is the height of the highest huts. Each village has one 28 meters high hut. 28 meters refers to the 28 native languages of New Caledonia.


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