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November 2017
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November
All Day
@ Melbourne CBD
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MAPPING MELBOURNE 2017

Over 17 days and 14 venues the 5th edition of Mapping Melbourne creates new perspectives, new possibilities and new expressions through a series of intercultural, multi-artform events in the heart of Melbourne. Exhibiting and performing at some of our most iconic institutions and public spaces the festival profiles established and emerging artists form across Australia, China, Japan, India, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. The series celebrates our unique Asian Australian identity and highlights positive global creative connections.…

December 2017
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December
6.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ Testing Grounds
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They Hear Shrines Inside

In a collaboration using elements of fire and water, based on their shared interest in spiritual ecology and Taoist practices, Aniquah Stevenson and En En See repurpose a soft sculpture on the superstructure at Testing Grounds and create lines out of clay to draw into the spaces inside and outside and in between. Over six months En En has recorded sounds of eleven soul songs and translates this into the space and place of the interior Black Box. By addressing…

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December
8.00 pm — 10.00 pm
@ Testing Grounds
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MAPPING THE MOVING IMAGE

This is a trans-Asian celebration of the contemporary moving image to situate meaning and create cross cultural dialogue between two cities: Osaka and Melbourne. Remap the city and its stories through this multi-sensory celebration of the contemporary moving image used to create cross-cultural dialogue between the two cosmopolitan cities. Through group bike rides punctuated with screenings of short films onto building facades, bridges and other city infrastructure, you will encounter the cultural inter-city voices from contemporary Japanese short films, whilst…

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December
All Day
@ Temperence Hall
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Balimbing-Filipino Queerness

BALIMBING- FILIPINO QUEERNESS

Balimbing – Filipino Queerness is a photographic art exhibition portraying the unique queer and multicultural LGBTQI community of Tacloban City in the Philippines. Gregory Lorenzutti brings to Australia a collection of photographs in daring multi-colour that captures the intimate lives of queer Filipinos steeped in faith, resilience, survival, family and spectacle queerness. Photographed during the Santo Niño fiesta in Tacloban over three years, ‘Balimbing’ (“star-fruit” in Waray dialect) is the culmination of long conversations and personal stories shared during the…

13
December
6.45 pm — 9.45 pm
@ Arts Centre Melbourne
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HYPER FRAGILITY: WHY ARE WHITE MEN SO DEFENSIVE? #LOL

Welcome to the Hyper Fragility Board Room. Please come in. Candy Bowers and Victoria Chiu will host your experience full of conversation, image, movement, beats, rap, unwrap, beer, laughs, smirks, half smiles, hysteria, emotion, circular motion, suits, skirts, camera, fans, banter, rants, raves, sweetness, generosity, wisdom, hostility, passion, pump, challenges, chance, dance, colonial dance, colonial song, rolling chairs, a long table, carpet, lights…..board room….. action. Hyper Fragility has been created with the choreographic integrity and rigour that Chiu is passionate…

14
December
7.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ NIDA Melbourne, Suite 4
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NIDANIGHTS VOL.2

NIDA MELBOURNE X MULTICULTURAL ARTS VICTORIA PRESENTS ‘RESONANT LINES’ A triple-bill of Melbourne artists presenting an eclectic collection of aural, visual and poetic explorations of ritual as drawn from their intersecting vectors of identity and connection. The meanings made are often metaphoric and emphasise the spontaneous transformation of experience. Tincture as a ritual invites the acknowledgment of ourselves, the elements, and that relationship. Aarti Jadu & Jack Davies will be exploring dropping into sound from nothing, an immersion into our…

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December
4.00 pm — 10.00 pm
@ Testing Grounds
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THIS STREET

From world-renowned galleries, to fashion icons and vibrant alley ways- Melbourne has established itself as a strong arts and cultural force that overflows with artistic talent. This Street, curated by Echo Z Cai will explore the creative essence that flows throughout our city, made even more unique by our talented Asian-Australian artists. In a truly intercultural collaboration, our proudly local and visiting artists from around the world will be showcased in this temporary installation. Join contemporary Asian artists including Jenny…

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December
7.30 pm — 11.00 pm
@ MEMO Music Hall
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The Senegambian Jazz Band @MEMO Music Hall

Since their inception in 2015, THE SENEGAMBIAN JAZZ BAND have fused Afro jazz, deep world music beats and funk to create some truly awe-inspiring rhythms and melodies. Hailing from Gambia, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana and Australia, the seven-piece band share their outstanding talent and flair, channelling over eight thousand years of African musical traditions, transporting the power and beauty of these ancient sounds, rhythms and melodies to euphoric audiences across Australia. Underpinning THE SENEGAMBIAN JAZZ BAND’s unique sound is the Kora,…

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December
3.00 pm — 5.00 pm
@ Bombini Buzz Mezzanine, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
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AND THE HALF LIGHT

In a series of intimate concerts, Meeting Points brings together unexpected music styles to create electrifying collaborations. Featuring an incredible line-up of international artists accompanied by Australia’s leading contemporary music ensemble, the Australian Art Orchestra. Renowned Chinese zither (guzheng) virtuoso, Mindy Meng Wang, redefines and reinvigorates Chinese musical traditions through avant-garde fusion of Chinese and Japanese instruments and sound. And the Half Light includes a work written by Wang for the Australian Art Orchestra that traces her passage from her…

16
December
6.00 pm — 6.30 pm
@ Queensbride Square
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STHITHI: WE STAND, WE BELONG

One’s first act of belonging to a city is to stand with confidence. Sthithi performed by students of Monica Singh Sangwan (Sohamasmi Centre for Performing Arts) brings together dancers of diverse ethnicities to reflect contemporary Asia in our city of Melbourne. The word ‘stithi’ comes from the Sanskrit root word ‘stha’, meaning to stand, to place, to be. Yoga in its myriad forms, as well as martial arts, has become part of the city’s cultural melting pot. This dance composition…

16
December
6.30 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Princes Bridge
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FESTIVITY

Festivity is a new work by SILP Productions, inspired by a traditional ceremony from the northern region of Thailand where villages celebrate during a parade called ‘Hae Krua Tan.’ This contemporary Thai performance incorporates physical movements and exhibition to create an understanding of how Thai people embrace this special parade. The air of tranquility and harmony in this performance will captivate you in its surrounding space. This powerful sense of calm through body movements will guide the audience to synchronize…

16
December
8.30 pm — 10.00 pm
@ Facing Heaven Archway, Chinatown Plaza
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THE ECHOES PROJECT

Under the Facing Heaven archway in Chinatown Plaza, one dancer and three musicians take you on a journey that evokes fragments of forgotten stories from the surrounding laneways. This new contemporary ritual performance expands on the long term collaboration between Janette Hoe (dance artist) and Ria Soemardjo (vocalist/musician), both Melbourne based artists whose performance work draws deeply from their personal connections to Chinese and Javanese ceremonial traditions. Ron Reeves and Matt Stonehouse, both highly skilled percussionists grounded in Indonesian and…

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December
8.00 pm — 1.00 am
@ Federation Square
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New Year’s Eve 2017

The music will be loud, the show will be big and the fireworks will be spectacular! Once again Multicultural Arts Victoria is excited to be programming New Year’s Eve at Federation Square. This years line up is incredible! The night will be headlined by the amazing Kylie Auldist & band and supported by Nhatty Man & Gara, Fulton Street, Horns of Leroy and Billy Hoyle & Man Made Mountain. See in the new year in the heart of Melbourne city…

January 2018
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January
8.00 pm — 10.00 pm
@ Howler
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Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba

Malian legend Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni Ba are one of the most exciting acts in African music today, and Top Shelf Productions is pleased to announce their return to Australia in 2018 with appearances their first Victorian headline shows at Howler in Melbourne (in association with Multicultural Arts Victoria) on Thursday 18 January with support from the Senegambian Jazz Band. As one of the world’s great ngoni players (an ancient form of lute), Kouyaté’s no traditionalist: he plays…

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