Our chosen theme is “Come Together”. This represents what is happening to bonsai throughout the world today. During the convention we are going to celebrate the coming together of the different styles and philosophies of bonsai cultivation from different cultures within our region. In this case, China, Japan and Australia. It is important that we appreciate and understand the reasoning behind the different ways bonsai are grown and maintained by our regional neighbours.
The different species we use for bonsai here in Australia, and especially Western Australia where our native species are being used together with the more traditional species. There will be an emphasis on our native bonsai in our large exhibition and the local demonstrations.
We look forward to having Mr Min Hsuan Lo from Taiwan as the International headline demonstrator. He will bring with him the philosophies and development of bonsai from the Chinese perspective.
Megumi Bennett from Sydney will be our National demonstrator. Megumi is Australia’s only Nippon Bonsai Association qualified instructor and will convey the Japanese way in creating bonsai.
As an additional bonus, Bonseki master Yasuko Aoki is visiting Australia for the last time and will demonstrate her skilful ancient art to us, and the public of W.A.
You will also have the opportunity of learning new skills from some of our finest local bonsai artists who specialise in working with Satsuki Azaleas, Pines, Japanese Maples, Australian native species, Shohin & Mame, Saikei and local Yamadori.
We have introduced new ideas to the program, which promise to provide all delegates with the opportunity to enhance their bonsai knowledge. They include, demonstrator critiques of Exhibition trees, a Masterclass for advanced delegates and Workshop options which include Bonseki sessions. We hope knowledge gained from these extras will disseminate back to your clubs and be shared with the members.
The Masterclass is an activity designed specifically for existing club and society demonstrators with bookings limited to those people listed below. The activity is designed to expand the knowledge and skills of advanced members of the bonsai community to improve their teaching ability.
Pre and post tours have been sourced with the interest of bonsai and suiseki in mind, to encourage a longer stay in our wonderful state.
The Welcome Reception, held on Friday evening, will include the Opening of the Exhibition, allowing you to preview the exhibition trees, suiseki and bonseki. The Saturday night Dinner which includes an Auction and Entertainment will be enjoyed by everyone.
Fremantle's "4.5 star" Esplanade Hotel, the jewel of WA’s premier harbourside city, is the venue. It welcomes you with warmth, relaxation and friendliness; with twenty-first century facilities, fabulous restaurants, lobby bar, pools, spas, sauna plus outstanding meeting convention facilities.
We look forward to welcoming you as we all “Come Together” in May 2011 for the 24th AABC Ltd Convention in our Port City of Fremantle.
Convention Venue & Accomodation
Discounted Airport Shuttle Bus to Convention
Discounted Parking at Convention
Convention Tours and what to See and Do while your here
Raffle for Resting Ballerina
Drawn on the 22 May 2011
The winner was Ticket 054 L Di Vincenzo - Permit No LS039655 D Boekhout