Weaving a narrative

A free workshop series exploring connections between meta-data, storytelling and community engagement for Pacific collections

Are you interested in using digital tools and processes to increase the visibility of Pacific cultural heritage? We invite you to a free, 3-part workshop series to explore good practice – from learning how to publish meta-data for objects in your collection to multiplatform storytelling.

Weaving a Narrative is a collaboration between the Übersee Museum (Germany) and Pacific Virtual Museum Project (New Zealand). This multidisciplinary programme brings together an international community of professionals. You will learn from each other and avoid replicating work that has already been done. 

Who can take part?

This programme is open to institutions, communities and diaspora with an interest in Pacific cultural heritage. You may be working as a curator, community organiser, storyteller, artist, museum professional or researcher. You have a keen interest in digital. Perhaps you want to learn the basics or you have a digitally-mature practice and want to figure out where to go next.

Programme outline

You can take part in up to three 2.5 hour workshops. The format includes talks, good practice guidelines, Q&A and networking. Each workshop will also premiere a new performance through poetry, spoken word or storytelling. Our speakers are: Cristela Garcia-Spitz, Tarisi Vunidilo, Padma Priya, Hinemoana Baker, Tim Kong und Etta Grotrian.. All workshops will take place at 8pm (-1 day) HST / 8am CET / 6pm NZST.

In addition, we invited in advance artists, storytellers, poets, and anyone who has a desire for artistic exploration and a connection to the Pacific Islands or the diaspora to work on an object from the Digital Pasifik platform.

Digital Pasifik archive

For this we have awarded three scholarships in the amount of 1200 euros. The artistic works (20 minutes) created within this framework will be premiered during the Zoom session at one of the workshops in September or October. The scholarship holders were supervised by a literary agent and an artist.

dateSeptember 21September 27October 2
Workshop TitleHow can metadata help communities discover their cultural heritage?How can data and lived memory go hand in hand?How do we sustain impact after the project ends?
Topics coveredDigitisation basics, open access, accessibility Multiplatform storytelling, decolonisation, co-creationSustainability, networking, funding models

Register for the waiting list

Please fill out the registration form and we will let you know if a place is available.

Waiting list


Weaving A Narrative is a cooperation of the Übersee-Museum Bremen and the Pacific Virtual Museum Project.

Meet the team behind Weaving A Narrative

Etta Grotrian works at the intersection of data, emotion and storytelling. Currently at the Übersee-Museum (Bremen) she oversees several multidisciplinary collection-management projects. She has also set up partnerships with cultural and academic organisations in Northern Europe and Asia-Pacific. This includes NEO Collections and Oceania Digital. Trained as a Historian, Etta has worked as a curator of multimedia and online content at the Jewish Museum (Berlin). She lectures on Public History at the Freie Universität and Universität Bremen and has been invited to present her work at conferences such as MuseumNext and smARTplaces co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme. Etta is committed to the development of new museum practices on topics such as fair pay, diversity and inclusion and decolonisation. 

Tim Kong grew up as an expatriate in South-East Asia, with his schooling taking place in Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines. He attended the University of Canterbury, completing a BA in Political Science. Since the early 2000s he has lived in Te Whanganui-a-Tara with his wife and daughters. In a previous season of his life, Tim toured with bands such as Chemical Brothers, Underworld and Lemon Jelly doing live video production. In 2003 he retrained as a teacher and spent just over a decade as a teacher, IT lead and deputy principal in primary schools across Wellington. He was also part of the Service Innovation Lab inside New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs. In 2020 he joined the National LIbrary of New Zealand as the Programme Manager for the Pacific Virtual Museum, and in 2022 became the Director, Digital Experience. 

Taputukura Raea is of Cook Island descent from the beautiful islands of Mauke, Pamati, Rarotonga and Tahiti. She grew up in Paraparaumu in Wellington, New Zealand. She has a MSc in Marine Biology and previously worked with Māori and Pacific students to revitalise Mātauranga Māori and Pacific traditions in New Zealand schools. As the Engagement Manager at the National Library of New Zealand she is committed to building connections between Pacific communities who would like to share their stories and the GLAM sector that holds items of Pacific heritage. 

Kia orana tatou katotoa i te aroa ma’ata o to tatou atu ko iesu mesia. Te karanga nei te para pore “Auraka taau kia riro i te ta’i kē”. Ko Taputukura tōku ingoa, E tamaine au na Caroline Marsters raua ko Mouauri Raea. Tōku Metua tane no Mauke, mai (Ngaputoru) Ngati Akatauira, Manihiki, Rakahanga. Ko Raea to ingoa kopu tangata Tōku Metua vaine, No Pamati, Rakahanga, Tongareva, Rarotonga, Ngati Pera, Ngati io, No Tahiti uānga Pomare ete uānga Dean. Ko Marsters to ingoa kopu tangata. E no’o ana au ki Raumati Beach. E angaanga ana au ki Poneke, roto ite National Library. Tōku taoanga Engagement manitia.

Abhay Adhikari is interested in a human-centred approach to digital. After completing his PhD in biofeedback gaming (and a brief stint as a mindfulness instructor in Japan) he started the Digital Identities workshop to connect storytelling to social impact. Hosted by organisations such as Google and the Guardian, this programme has travelled to 13 countries resulting in projects on climate change, migration and gender. In 2015 Abhay set up the age-friendly smart city lab for Leeds (UK). Its Careview app, co-funded by the European Space Agency, is being used by the Public Health team to re-engage socially isolated residents. Interested in co-production, Abhay recently developed a programme to support 654 socio-cultural projects on behalf of a federal fund in Germany. He has also designed a fellowship model used by European museums to engage artists from countries such as Argentina, India and New Zealand.