MELBOURNE FESTIVAL

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“The Ambassador program is a wonderful way to unite with our local and international artists, hear and see new ideas, and develop connections with fellow ambassadors and our respective communities.
– Nilusha Dassenaike, 2014 Melbourne Festival Ambassador

Multicultural Arts Victoria joins force with Melbourne Festival for the 6th year in a row to present Igniting Imagination: a partnership project that activates our global networks and builds dynamic bonds with our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

The 2016 Festival Ambassadors are: Ajak Mabia Kwai, Astrid Mendez, Chaco Kato, Danny (Daniel) Atlaw (Seifu), James Henry, Mindy Meng Wang, Suzanne Kalk, Tomoko Yamasaki and Victoria Chiu. Read the full profiles of the Igniting Imagination 2016 Ambassadors.

In addition, MAV is programming Our Place, Our Home (Sunday 23 October, 10am-6pm at the Melbourne Town Hall) for the culminating moments of the 2016 Melbourne Festival in a celebration of diversity—a fitting bookend to the Festival’s opening ceremony from the land’s First Peoples, with a multicultural exchange through coffee, tea and music. Artists from diverse backgrounds will showcase beverages unique to their culture: from Turkish elma çayı (apple tea) to Ethiopian buna (coffee) to Indian chaay (chai). Local artists will perform acoustic sets while Chiharu Shiota’s wondrous The Home Within looks on.

MELBOURNE THEATRE COMPANY (MTC)

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“I’m passionate about the role of theatre in creating cultural dialogue. I think this is a great opportunity to connect artists from diverse backgrounds to create culture that reflects our reality and explores more possibilities. I strongly believe that theatre is a place where justice and redemption could be found. It’s a refuge and a place that allow us to dream and create our own vision for the future, a vision that could reflect who we are and what we will become. I hope that through my artistic experience and collaboration with fellow artists, we could bring about an additional dimension to the theatre scene in Melbourne.”
– Majid Shokor, MTC CONNECT Ambassador

Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with the MTC present MTC CONNECT for the third year running, a program that broadens the range of voices informing MTC’s theatre making and programming processes. MTC CONNECT is a tailored program where theatre artists of diverse cultural backgrounds act as cultural and artistic ambassadors, advocates and facilitators between MTC and their communities. Programs include individual masterclasses, one-on-one sessions, attendance at MTC productions, programming updates and debriefs, and longer-term initiatives that have included NEON Readings and Pigeon.

The MTC CONNECT 2016 Ambassadors are: Tania Canas (El Salvador), Rashma N. Kalsie (India), Nadja Kostich (Serbia), Vuyo Loko (South Africa), Tariro Mavondo (Zimbabwe), Diana Nguyen (Vietnam), Rani Pramesti (Indonesia), Jaime Wilson Ramirez (Chile), Marco Romero (Chile), and Majid Shokor (Iraq), Alex Pinder (India), Sahil Saluja (India), Suhasini Seelin (India) and Rayesh Gunasekera (India).

The 2017 MTC CONNECT Ambassadors are: Samah Sabawi, Suhasini Seelin, Shannan Lim, Vidya Rajan and Wahibe Moussa.

VICTORIAN MULTICULTURAL COMMISSION

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MAV’s long-standing partnership with the VMC began in 2005, where MAV programmed the live performance program for the annual Premier’s Gala Dinner during Victoria’s Cultural Diversity Week. Over the years, MAV’s contribution has expanded to include programming the huge range of performances and activities over the week including at the major Viva Victoria celebrations.

FEDERATION SQUARE

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To herald in the new year in a style unique to Melbourne, MAV has worked with Fed Square since 2014 in co-producing Fed Sq’s New Year’s Eve event, bringing a kaleidoscope of colour and movement to the square that reflects the rich cultural diversity of Melbourne.

HUMAN RIGHTS ARTS & FILM FESTIVAL

MAV has supported the presentation of films and associated diverse cultural programs at this festival since 2012.

In 2016, as part of artist Minela Krupić’s VCA | MCM Professional Placement at MAV, the organisation supported the development and promotion of her project ‘Rituals of Belonging’ featuring: Amona Hassab, Suzana Jacmenović, Minela Krupić, Alesh Macak, Linda Studena, Nela Trifković, and Elmedin Žunić. The exhibition showcased an immersive visual, sound and performance experience exploring and unraveling memories of culture abandoned and reformed within an Australian context. Against the backdrop of current global refugee migrations, the exhibition looked at issues of dislocation nostalgia and home and encouraged audiences to question whether Australian xenophobia is sustainable and what the necessary foundations for tolerance, hope and human values are.

In 2015 MAV presents BAZm e Hazaragi at ACMI, a premiere screening of a film capturing the first Omagh Celebration in Australia supported by MAV in 2014, alongside an afternoon of live Hazaragi language, poetry and music.

ST KILDA FESTIVAL

Culture, sounds and rhythms intertwine at MAV’s stage at St Kilda Festival featuring participants from MAV’s ReMastered Myths program which bring together artists from Melbourne’s diverse communities and leading musicians to form eclectic new musical genres representative of Melbourne’s unique demographic. MAV has presented a stage at the St Kilda Festival since 2013.

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