Melbourne’s North will be celebrating at a brand new event sharing local talent, vibrant colours and infectious sounds from its diverse cultures on 1st July from 12noon to 4:30pm at Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre, South Morang, with FREE entry for all.
Emerge in the North, presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with the City of Whittlesea and the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Whittlesea Community Connections and AMES Australia, is a new community-based event, profiling local musicians, dancers and performers who will proudly share their cultural identity in the heart of the North.
Festival organiser Miriam Abud from Multicultural Arts Victoria is excited about new talent coming through the program, and building a bright future for diverse arts in the region:
“Emerge in the North has been developed alongside artists and organisations who want to grow a strong, vibrant and inclusive cultural life for the Whittlesea region. “
“The most exciting thing about creating this festival has been meeting and working with local artists, like Niruththa, who runs a successful Indian dance company in Mill Park. Her dance group lights up the stage with colour and grace, and this is a great opportunity to share their culture with wider local audiences.”
Building on Multicultural Arts Victoria’s successful Emerge programs from various locations around Victoria, Emerge in the North is the first of its kind in the Whittlesea region.
The program boasts a number of fresh local acts, including Sudanese Dance, the Syrian Youth Marching band, and the popular Cook Island dancers. There will also be a range of community cultural stalls and services.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be able to include the important Indigenous singer/songwriter Kutcha Edwards in the program; people can be inspired by such a well-known Melbourne artist, as well as the high-energy Brazilian percussion group Tumbarumba, and the big sounds of African Intelligence, an eight-piece who will close the day with exhilarating afrobeats, reggae and salsa.”
Emerge in the North festival is FREE, indoors; the perfect mid-winter warmer for families and friends.
Also, check out the Emerge in Yarra Festival; June 29-July 8 also part of the Emerge program, presenting arts and culture from refugee, Indigenous and emerging communities. See http://multiculturalarts.com.au/event/einy/
Title: Emerge in the North 2017
Date: Saturday 1 July 2017
Time: 12 noon to 4：30pm
Location: Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre, Ferres Blvd South Morang
Presented by: Multicultural Arts Victoria, the City of Whittlesea and Brotherhood of St Laurence
ARTISTS performing in Emerge in the North:
Lamine Sonko & African Intelligence Fresh from a very appreciative audience of Womadelaide 2017, African Intelligence is an 8-piece ensemble led by Senegalese singer/dancer Lamine Sonko, sharing with you a musical report from the roots of afrobeat, reggae and salsa. From funky baselines and swift guitar riffs to the smooth groove of a message with meaning, this band is a colourful line up of Australia’s world musicians. Presenting their own fusion of contemporary and traditional African rhythms, their music is exhilarating, infectious and dares you dance! See: https://www.facebook.com/africanintelligence/
Kutcha Edwards Kutcha Edwards is a high achieving survivor of the Stolen Generations of Aboriginal Australia. He is a living example of someone who has conquered many obstacles in life to become an ambassador and advocate. As a singer/songwriter for much of his career, Kutcha is a natural story teller who will often accompany his spoken presentations with a song that exemplifies the points being made. Kutcha’s aim is to educate and inform, and in his words, to “drop a pebble in a pond and watch the ripple effect”. See: https://www.kutcha-edwards.com/
Niruththa Indian Fine Arts Named Melbourne’s official Natya Rathna (Jewel of Dance) in 2003, Niruththa trained in Indian Classical Dance at the prestigious Fine Arts Academy in Bharathachoodamani and has toured all over the world in professional troupes. Now based in Mill Park, Niruththa runs a dance company focused on nurturing and training young artists. The group’s graceful classical dancing and sumptuous traditional costumes enrapture audiences in a masterful and disciplined artform that has been preserved for centuries. In 2003, Niruththa was awarded the Victorian Multicultural Commission Excellence Award for Community Arts. See: https://www.facebook.com/Niruththa-Indian-Fine-arts-193557697369643/
Tumbarumba Tumbarumba five piece all Percussion band features improvised Brazilian and fusion beats that are known to get a crowd dancing in minutes. Tumbarumba is inspired by Brazil’s Percussion instruments, alongside Timbales and ambient Congas. They have been collaborating and performing for over 12 years entertaining audiences at Festivals, Entertainment Centres, public events and in Clubs. Band members are: Mark Grunden on vocals; Neda (on REP and various Metallics); Julian Goyma on Kit; Salvador Persico on Surdos and Multi Brazil Percussion; and Luis Poblete on Congas and Multi Percussion. See: https://www.facebook.com/Tumbarumbaband/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
Emerge Program: The Emerge program is MAV’s ongoing response to consultations with emerging and refugee communities, that showed a strong desire to increase participation in the arts. By working alongside local artists and cultural groups, mentoring cultural leaders and facilitating arts activities, this program generates vibrant cultural development. The program also builds discourse and understanding of issues surrounding refugee migration and resettlement, and increases social and economic contributions from our diverse communities to wider society. It establishes locally based, sustainable networks and initiatives that increase emerging communities’ cultural participation. The first Hub was established in Fitzroy (Emerge in Yarra) in 2003 and MAV has since developed eight cultural Hubs across Victoria.
Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV): MAV has evolved over four decades into one of Australia’s most important bodies for the discovery, development & promotion of culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) contemporary art, heritage & cultural expression. MAV works with many artists who are from communities that have come from war and trauma in their homeland. Celebrating these cultures with the wider Australian community enhances a real sense of a new beginning and cohesive cultural pride. MAV also offers expertise in audience development, community engagement & artistic excellence with CALD communities. MAV’s key creative development & leadership programs transform & extend discourse on key issues & the pivotal role of arts & cultural activity in building community capacity & identity.