National Arboretum Canberra, International Bonsai Art & Culture Biennale and International Penjing Creation Conference

18 – 20 September 2018 Canberra

The Universal Penjing Conference brings together the National Arboretum Canberra, International Bonsai Art & Culture Biennale (IBACB) and International Penjing Creation Conference (IPCC).

Immerse yourself in the ancient world of penjing, learn new skills and gain inspiration from nine international penjing masters with three days of talks, demonstrations, workshops, exhibition and cultural immersion.

What makes this conference unique?

This conference showcases Australian culture, art and native trees in a stunning setting at the National Arboretum Canberra, home of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia. Australian culture features throughout the conference and traditional music, dance and welcome from an indigenous cultural group is a highlight of the gala dinner. See exhibitions dedicated to Australian native bonsai, Aboriginal art and bonsai digital art that merges reality and fantasy. This is the first time that Penjing Masters have gathered in Australia, watch their skills and imagination being challenged as they style Australian native plants whilst being inspired by wide open spaces and new cultural experiences.

This conference is organised by the National Arboretum Canberra and the Penjing Leyuan Internet Forum.

Conference Highlights

Over three days experience the world of penjing with nine international Masters gathered for the first time in Australia.

Visiting Masters

Penjing Masters from around the world have gathered for the first time in Australia at the National Arboretum Canberra, IBACB & IPCC Conference 2018.  Universal Penjing offers the unique opportunity to see demonstrations by the Masters, hear panel discussions and take Masterclasses. Evening events offer the opportunity to socialise with bonsai and penjing enthusiasts whilst enjoying the company of the Masters.