Cultural Celebration

Exploring Australia Through Culture

Immerse yourself in Australia's unique cultural experiences on Sunday, 22 July from 6:30-8:00 p.m. (1830-2000). This exclusive and private Sigma event will feature:

Australian Animal Meet and Greet

Experience Australia’s wildlife up close and personal with Australian zoologist and television personality Chris Humfrey. Chris has starred in the ABC3 documentary series Chris Humfrey's Wild Life and the Animal Planet series Chris Humfrey's Animal Instinct. You will get to meet a variety of animals, from the cute and cuddly to the scaly and slippery!

Interact with animals such as a koala, kangaroo joey, wombat, sugar gliding possum, echidna, flying fox, laughing kookaburra, endangered barking owl, colorful parrot, behemoth python snake, giant goanna lizard, salt water crocodile, eye licking leaf tailed gecko, and more.

Bushwahzee Bush Band

Enjoy the unique sounds of this authentic Australian Bush Band, with a heavy emphasis on stringed instruments such as the fiddle, guitar, and banjo.

Just check out a few samples of their music:

Flies On The Ringer

With My Swag All On My Shoulder


The venue for this Aussie cultural event is conveniently located within a short walk of the convention center. Tickets are US $145 and include a delicious two-course plated dinner and wine service, as well as entertainment. Tickets are limited, and based on a first-come, first-served basis. You won't want to miss this event...fair dinkum!

Tickets for this unique experience can be purchased during the registration process. If you have already registered for congress, you can easily add this event to your schedule by contacting