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October 2016
22
October
9.30 am — 5.00 pm
@ The Arts Centre Gold Coast
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FUSE: Cultural Diversity in the Arts Forum

MAV Music Program Officer Joel Ma (Joelistics) is presenting a talk at Fuse Festival this Saturday 22 October. Joel Ma is a Chinese-Australian rapper, writer, spoken word artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer and is recognised as a unique voice in the Australian music scene. Joelistics’ great gift is the crafting of common language into evocative turns of phrase. His solo songwriting navigates the ambiguous spaces between heated polemic, sweet serenade and psychedelic meanderings without the audience ever losing a sense of who they are listening…

23
October
10.00 am — 6.00 pm
@ Melbourne Town Hall
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2016 Melbourne Festival – Our Place, Our Home

Our Place, Our Home – a celebration of diversity Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Melbourne Festival present Igniting Imagination 2016. This year, Igniting Imagination encompasses a range of Festival Ambassadors and for the first time a special closing event – Our Place, Our Home on the final day of the festival on Sunday 23 October, 10am-6pm. The event is a multicultural exchange demonstrated through coffee, tea and music. Artists from diverse backgrounds will perform as well as showcasing beverages that are unique to…

28
October
12.00 pm — 1.00 pm
@ Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre
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The first Short Black Opera (SBO) project in Benalla for Aboriginal Kids

THE FIRST SHORT BLACK OPERA PROJECT IN BENALLA FOR ABORIGINAL KIDS Short Black Opera led by renowned Yorta Yorta soprano, composer and educator, Deborah Cheetham AO will run its first residency in Benalla for Aboriginal kids from 24 to 28 October with a FREE lunchtime concert on Friday 28 October at the Benalla Performing Arts and Convention Centre (BPACC). This project is presented by Living Culture Together auspiced by Multicultural Arts Victoria, and BPACC. The Living Culture Together Project in…

November 2016
23
November
6.00 pm — 8.30 pm
@ Gallery Kaiela
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EMERGE CULTURAL LEADERSHIP 2016 – 2018

EMERGE CULTURAL LEADERSHIP Over the next year, MAV is working with emerging artists and communities, local governments and cultural organisations in outer metro and regional Victorian local government areas (LGAs), Bendigo, Brimbank, Wyndham, Shepparton and Swan Hill to collaboratively develop and deliver a cultural leadership program that responds to local needs and builds on local strengths. Multicultural Arts Victoria invites artists and community members from Indigenous, refugee and culturally diverse backgrounds in Brimbank to the Emerge Cultural Leadership Network Gathering.…

December 2016
01
December
All Day
@ Magnet Galleries Melbourne
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MAPPING MELBOURNE 2016 – DESIVOLUTION

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Mapping Melbourne 2016 From December 1-17 the fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne will unfold across the city in a celebration of our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections. Transforming spaces with a series of free multi-art form events and exhibitions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia. DESIVOLUTION Launch: Thursday 1 December, 6-8pm Friday 2 – 15 December Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday…

07
December
11.00 am — 4.00 pm
@ Fortyfivedownstairs
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MAPPING MELBOURNE 2016 – CROSSING: BEYOND BALISEERING

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Mapping Melbourne 2016 From December 1-17 the fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne will unfold across the city in a celebration of our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections. Transforming spaces with a series of free multi-art form events and exhibitions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia. CROSSING: BEYOND BALISEERING Wed 7 – Sat 17 December fortyfivedownstairs, 45 Flinders Ln Gallery Hours: Tuesday…

07
December
6.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Yasuko Hiraoka Myer Room
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MAPPING MELBOURNE 2016 – ARTIST TALK

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Mapping Melbourne 2016 From December 1-17 the fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne will unfold across the city in a celebration of our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections. Transforming spaces with a series of free multi-art form events and exhibitions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia. ARTIST TALK: Creating contemporary work in the Asia Pacific Region Wednesday 7 December, 6pm-8pm…

09
December
8.30 pm — 9.15 pm
@ Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn
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MAPPING MELBOURNE 2016 -FIRE MONKEY

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Mapping Melbourne 2016 From December 1-17 the fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne will unfold across the city in a celebration of our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections. Transforming spaces with a series of free multi-art form events and exhibitions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia. FIRE MONKEY Friday 9 & Saturday 10 December 8.30-9.15pm Arts Centre Melbourne Lawn, 100…

10
December
10.00 am — 11.30 am
@ State Library of Victoria
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MAPPING MELBOURNE 2016 – MULTIVERSE

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Mapping Melbourne 2016 From December 1-17 the fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne will unfold across the city in a celebration of our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections. Transforming spaces with a series of free multi-art form events and exhibitions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia. MULTIVERSE Saturday 10 December, 10am-11.30am Swanston St (beginning at State Library of Victoria) Exploration…

10
December
11.00 am — 3.00 pm
@ South Melbourne Town Hall
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Melbourne Mongolians Xmas

Come join the fun and meet other Mongolian nationals on the lawn of South Melbourne Town Hall. There will be two Gers to erect, bring your best del and professional photographer Jerry Galea will take a free photograph.

10
December
6.00 pm — 8.30 pm
@ The Channel at the Arts Centre
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Common Ground Showcase

Common Ground Showcase Multicultural Arts Victoria proudly presents Common Ground a unique, multilingual spoken word workshop series that utilises poetry to promote social cohesion and mutual understanding. Currently 17 people from diverse cultural and faith backgrounds across Melbourne are participating in the eight-week series of workshops. Facilitators and artists Abdul Hammoud, Ebony MonCrief and Sukhjit Khalsa are collaborating with these budding wordsmiths to create new spoken word pieces exploring identity and role of faith in our everyday lives. Common Ground was established in 2013…

12
December
4.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Horse Bazaar
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MAPPING MELBOURNE 2016 – SpontaneiTEA: Pop Up Tea Room series

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Mapping Melbourne 2016 From December 1-17 the fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne will unfold across the city in a celebration of our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections. Transforming spaces with a series of free multi-art form events and exhibitions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia. SpontaneiTEA: Pop Up Tea Room series Monday12 December,  4-8pm Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale…

17
December
7.30 pm — 11.00 pm
@ The Toff in Town
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MAPPING MELBOURNE 2016 – CIRCLE OF FUNK

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Mapping Melbourne 2016 From December 1-17 the fourth edition of Mapping Melbourne will unfold across the city in a celebration of our unique Asian Australian identity and international creative connections. Transforming spaces with a series of free multi-art form events and exhibitions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, India, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Malaysia. CIRCLE OF FUNK Saturday 17 December, 7.30pm-11pm The Toff in Town, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne…

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December
8.00 pm — 1.00 am
@ The Square, Fed Square
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New Year’s Eve 2016 Block Party

Dance your way into the New Year with a block party congregation like no other. Combining a powerhouse live show of music and entertainment and a great spot to watch the city fireworks, Fed Square’s free New Year’s Eve celebration will be a party to remember. The Square will be brought to life in brilliant fashion – reflecting Melbourne’s rich and diverse music scene. There will be a feast of music to get you moving including Latin beats, salsa, funk,…

February 2017
05
February
All Day
@ Fairfield Amphitheatre
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Fairfield Summer Series 2017

The 2017 edition of the Fairfield Summer Series brings an unmissable line-up to the Fairfield Amphitheatre for a series of free shows each Sunday in February from 5:00pm-7:30pm. Featuring serious local talent from established and emerging artists, Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with the City of Yarra. Enjoy tantalising international delecacies from the Social Studio. Bring your friends, family and a picnic rug to witness some of Melbourne’s best music and arts. Fairfield Amphitheatre, Fairfield Park (off Heidelberg Road)…

11
February
8.00 am — 5.00 pm
@ Emerald Hill Library & Heritage Centre
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WAVES of LOVE & EMOTION

Waves of love & emotion, is the 10th inter-generational exhibition presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) under the umbrella of WHAT HAPPENED AT THE PIER. Themed on the concept of LOVE in all its permutations, what lies at the heart of each story is a visual biography, small in scale but GRAND in the way experiences are revealed by each of the Memory Keepers with sincere simplicity. If one was to single out the most powerful element in these twelve pieces, it would…

12
February
All Day
@ Deakin Edge, Fed Square
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Symphony of Boxes open all day in the Fracture Gallery at Deakin Edge

Students from New Star Art School, aged between 4 and 16 and from diverse cultural backgrounds, present an installation of images on boxes expressing their everyday lives, dreams, joys and inspirations. Open all day in the Fracture Gallery at Deakin Edge. New Star Art School opens new windows to observe the world through visual arts. For many years the school has provided professional, modern and innovative concepts for art teaching through extra-curricular art classes in many locations around Melbourne. Presented…

15
February
7.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ Immigration Museum
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GROTTO BY VICTORIA CHIU

Grotto, by Victoria Chiu, is in a program at the Immigration Museum for Asia TOPA with 2 other contemporary movement works by Tony Yap and Priya Srinivasen “Grotto is inspired by the Mogao Caves, Dunhuang. When I visited the region, I was struck by the diverse details in the caves, the colours and loneliness in the desert and the feeling that the landscape had hosted many a traveller/pilgrim for thousands of years. Later I discovered that Dunhuang Dance was created…

22
February
All Day
@ Centre for Contemporary Photography
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Screening Melbourne

Do you like taking photos? Would you like to show your work on the public screen at Deakin Edge at Federation Square? The ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) are inviting people of all ages and backgrounds to be part of: Screening Melbourne a three-day symposium (22 -24 February, 2017) charting Melbourne’s history and relationship with screen culture through presentations, panel discussions, industry events and screenings. We…

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February
All Day
@ Eastbank Centre
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SHEPP MUSIC BIZ FORUM

Make music your business! Multicultural Arts Victoria and Riverlinks Eastbank are excited to announce the inaugural Shepp Music Biz Forum which will be held in the last weekend of February at Riverlinks Eastbank in Shepparton. This will be an inspiring, informative and fun weekend of free workshops for emerging singers, songwriters, musicians, producers and band managers in Shepparton and surrounds who want to get connected locally and get heard globally. Over two days there will be a range of workshops,…

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February
All Day
@ State Library of Victoria
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ART IS A PRAYER

Multicultural Arts Victoria, Project 11 and State Library Victoria are proud to present Art is a Prayer – a performance-based installation by Tisna Sanjaya, one of Indonesia’s most prolific contemporary artists, to celebrate the inaugural Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts (Asia TOPA). See art and activism in motion as Indonesian artist Tisna Sanjaya creates a new installation on the Library forecourt over five days. Inspired by his research into the State Library’s collection, Sanjaya will invite the public to join…

March 2017
03
March
All Day
@ South Melbourne Town Hall
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NEST

Emerald Hill Arts Menu: Nest On Friday 3 and Saturday 4 March, bring your family and friends to the South Melbourne Town Hall lawn to be part of Nest, a live art installation, step up to the open mic on the Nebula stage, and join us for a free BBQ! Nest is presented by Arts Access Victoria, Multicultural Arts Victoria and City of Port Phillip as part of the Emerald Hill Arts Menu 2017, celebrating the creative energy and vitality…

04
March
10.30 am — 3.30 pm
@ St Albans Commmunity Centre, Brimbank
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EMERGE CULTURAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS 2017

EMERGE CULTURAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS 2017 Multicultural Arts Victoria has developed a new series of Cultural Leadership Workshops in consultation with local governments, artists and community leaders in Brimbank that will run every Saturday in March 2017. Culturally diverse artists and community leaders in Melbourne’s west are invited to participate in the series of FREE workshops to share ideas and develop skills in community leadership and cultural management. The workshops will take place at the St Albans Community Centre, St Albans and…

16
March
6.30 pm — 8.30 pm
@ Australian Tapestry Workshop
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EMERALD HILL CULTURAL PRECINCT: Sound & Colour Series #3

Join us at the Australian Tapestry Workshop for the Sound & Colour Series #3. Listen to music by artists from Multicultural Art Victoria & students from Australian National Academy of Music amongst the colourful ATW tapestries. Collaborative piece by:   Erkki Veltheim (MAV) Mindy Meng Wang (MAV) Alexander MacDonald (NZ) Viola, ANAM Zela Papageorgiou (VIC) Percussion, ANAM Eliza Shephard (NSW) Flute, ANAM Solo piece by:  Rosie Westbrook (Music commissioned by ATW) WHEN: Thursday 16 March 2017 7pm (refreshments from 6:30pm) COST:…

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March
All Day
@ Castlemaine State Festival
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Castlemaine Festival – Asian Art a Highlight for Festival Audiences

From the 17th to 26th March, Castlemaine will play host to a range of amazing performances and exhibitions by artists from the Philippines, China, India and Sri Lanka. Locally produced works will also explore some of the unique enduring relationships between Asia and the central Victorian goldfields. In this thoughtfully curated program, works celebrating specific junctions of culture and place, will see specially produced festival events occurring at iconic sites dotted around the picturesque goldfields town. “The artists will be…

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March
12.00 pm — 6.00 pm
@ The Square, Fed Square
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VICTORIA’S MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL – Programmed by Multicultural Arts Victoria

VICTORIA’S MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL Saturday 25 March Fed Square Victoria’s Multicultural Festival 2017 brings a fun-filled program of music, dance, film and activities throughout the day to entertain people of all ages. Commonwealth Bank Main Stage 12:00 PM MC Neda Rahmani Brazilian-Australian hostess MC Ned Rahmani kicks off the festival with Main Stage sponsor, Commonwealth Bank. 12:05 PM Koori Youth Will Shake Spears An invitation to experience Aboriginal culture through traditional dance performed by a group of young Aboriginal men. More…

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March
7.30 pm — 9.30 pm
@ South Melbourne Town Hall
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Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in Concert with Jay Dabgar

For one evening, only in Melbourne, Multicultural Arts Victoria is honoured to welcome Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. Respected throughout India as a master of the Mohan Veena, Vishwa is also known internationally for his Grammy-award winning album, A Meeting by the River with Ry Cooder and collaborations with artists such as Taj Mahal, Béla Fleck and Jerry Douglas. For the past forty years, Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt has been hugely influential in presenting his instrument, the Mohan Veena on the…

April 2017
09
April
11.00 am — 5.00 pm
@ South Melbourne Town Hall
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The Piers Festival 2017

*PLEASE NOTE THE VENUE OF THE PIERS FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CHANGED DUE TO PREDICTED INCLEMENT WEATHER TO: SOUTH MELBOURNE TOWN HALL , 208-220 BANK STREET, SOUTH MELBOURNE* Featuring Joe Camilleri & the Black Sorrows; the Core-tet; Oi Dipnoi; the haBiBis; Mojo Juju & the Samoan Choir. With MC Anna GoGo to get you go-go-ing, and DJ PAZ filling the sea breeze with carnival beats at this FREE festival MAV is excited to announce the 6th Piers Festival this April, featuring a…

May 2017
02
May
6.00 pm — 7.00 pm
@ South Melbourne Town Hall
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Pop up Tea Room Series by Yumi Umiumare

Over the last 2 years Yumi has been experimenting on her PopUp Tearoom Series as part of her fellowship, funded by Australia Council of the Arts. This is an informal gathering for Yumi to wrap up her fellowship with a show-and-tell of her unforgettable and rich experiences, serving tea all over the globe. Free admission Tuesday 2 May, 6pm Theatrette, Ground Floor, South Melbourne Town Hall. (Enter via Fishley St) Bookings essential: yumi@yumi.com.au or call MAV 03 9188 3681 Multicultural Arts…

03
May
All Day
@ Shepparton
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EMERGE CULTURAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS 2017

EFFECTIVE GRANT WRITINGCULTURAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS 2017 Multicultural Arts Victoria invites culturally diverse and Indigenous artists and cultural leaders in the Goulburn Valley to participate in this series of FREE workshops in May. The workshops will provide unique opportunities to share ideas and develop skills in cultural leadership, creative enterprise and cultural management. It will also create spaces for networking with established artists and leaders, local governments and cultural sectors- discussing common issues with peers and experts. The workshops will be…

05
May
7.30 pm
@ The Gasometer Hotel
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Multifuturism: ReMastered Myths

Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria, Multi Futurism at The Gasometer on the 5th of May is the first in a series of events showcasing curated performances between artists and musicians representing Victoria’s multi-cultural soul. Drawing on MAV’s annual Re-mastered Myths and Visible music programs with an aim to deconstruct stereo types of what audiences may consider “World Music”, Multi Futurism brings together artists from the contemporary and traditional, the mainstream and the underground, the cerebral and the improvisational for a…

11
May
2.30 pm — 6.30 pm
@ South Melbourne Town Hall
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City of Melbourne Arts Grants Info Sessions

The City of Melbourne and Multicultural Arts Victoria invite you to a special information session with Arts Melbourne staff on the City of Melbourne’s 2018 Arts Grants Program. Thursday 11 May, Theatrette, South Melbourne Town Hall Session 1: 2.30pm-3.30pm Session 2: 5.30pm-6.30pm Hear grant writing tips from previous assessment panellists and grant recipients, and get to know the staff and ask questions. Please view the Program Guidelines at www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/annualartsgrants Applications open on 1 May 2017 and close on 29 May…

12
May
7.30 pm — 8.30 pm
@ St Albans Commmunity Centre, Brimbank
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Stand-up Comedy Gala: Multicultural Arts Victoria

Multicultural Arts Victoria’s (MAV) Stand-up Comedy has some of the best comedians who call Australia home making astute observations about what it’s like to live in multicultural Australia. Join our line-up of mirth-makers as they take a hilarious and satirical poke at what makes us all so different but so much the same. MAV has evolved over four decades into one of Australia’s most important bodies for the discovery, development and promotion of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) contemporary art, heritage and cultural expression. Warning: Performances may contain strong language. Recommended for…

14
May
3.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ Playhouse, Arts Centre Melbourne
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Mahmoud Ahmed and Ali Birra with The JAzmaris

An electrifying celebration of Ethiopian jazz The Red Sea’s most seductive soul singer, Mahmoud Ahmed, and the king of Oromo music, Ali Birra, will join forces with Melbourne’s own Ethio-jazz band The JAzmaris, performing their respective classics as well as tributes to contemporaries from the bustling Ethiopian music scene. Undeniably Ethiopia’s most famous singer of its 1970s golden era, Mahmoud Ahmed rose to fame amid a turbulent political climate in which he did all he could to keep singing. Influenced…

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May
12.30 pm — 7.00 pm
@ Nicholson Street
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Emerge in the West

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) and the City of Maribyrnong presents the seventh edition of Emerge in the West 2017, an exciting day festival of FREE multi-artform programming and community engagement on Saturday 20th of May 2017.  Held on Footscray’s iconic Nicholson Street the festival encompasses a range of live music, contemporary and traditional dance, community programs, global fashion, pool competitions, children’s workshops/activities and artistic collaborations. The MAV EMERGE program is MAV’s ongoing response to consultations with emerging & refugee communities…

22
May
6.30 pm — 8.30 pm
@ South Melbourne Town Hall
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Multicultural Arts Victoria Annual General Meeting

Notice of the Annual General Meeting for Multicultural Arts Victoria Date: Monday 22 May 2017 Venue: Theatrette, Ground Floor, South Melbourne Town Hall, 208-220 Bank Street, South Melbourne Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start Light refreshments will be provided Phone: 9188 3681 Fax: 9686 6643 E. office@multiculturalarts.com.au A corporation, group, association or organisation that is a member of MAV may appoint an individual to act as its representative at the AGM.   The representative will be able to exercise any of the powers the corporation, group or…

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May
6.30 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Bells Hotel
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Multicultural Arts Victoria & Music Victoria presents: B4UPLAY

Multicultural Arts Victoria has teamed up with Music Victoria to hold a series of free capacity-building workshops for emerging Victorian musicians. In a relaxed environment, the workshops are a place to network, talk with Industry legends and hear the stories of experienced professionals. Each workshop will focus on a practical topic and include a three-person panel discussing their personal journey and insights. The workshops will also showcase a unique collaborative performance by some of Melbourne’s most interesting artists. Come and join…

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May
6.30 pm — 9.00 pm
@ Australian Tapestry Workshop
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Join us at the Australian Tapestry Workshop for the Sound & Colour Series #4.

Listen to music by artists from Multicultural Art Victoria & students from Australian National Academy of Music amongst the colourful ATW tapestries. WHEN: Friday 26 May 2017, 7pm (refreshments from 6:30pm) COST: Free WHERE: Australian Tapestry Workshop, 262 -266 Park St South Melbourne, VIC Featuring a collaborative piece curated by Peter Knight and performed by: Laura Barton, Violin, ANAM Alexander MacDonald, Viola, ANAM Eliza Shephard, Flute, ANAM Peter Knight, Trumpet, MAV Brandon Lee, Koto, MAV           …

June 2017
02
June
7.30 pm — 9.30 pm
@ South Melbourne Town Hall
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ReHavaiki: We are Pasefika!

ReHavaiki In a world where we are forgetting our Ancestors, forgetting where we have come from. We take a journey to ReAwaken the gifts from Havaiki that once saw us as Fearless Explorers , Navigators of the seas and Discoverers of new worlds . Presented to you by PICAA Inc, This New and Exciting Pacific Musical, ReHavaiki, takes a look at what our Pacific culture means to us as people living away from the Motherland. This musical is filled to…

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June
All Day
@ Grumpy’s Green
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VISIBLE PROGRAM 2017

2017 marks the release of the 11th Visible album from Multicultural Arts Victoria’s (MAV) flagship music mentoring program – Visible. MAV prides itself on offering unique platforms for musicians and artists from diverse backgrounds to showcase themselves into the music industry. VISIBLE LAUNCH (PASSED EVENT) Time: 5-10:30pm Performances start at 6pm Venue: Grumpy’s Green, 125 Smith St, Fitzroy Free Event as part of Emerge in Yarra Capacity building workshop for emerging artists with a panel discussing ‘How to get gigs in…

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June
All Day
@ Across the City of Yarra
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Emerge in Yarra 2017

A celebration of Yarra’s diverse arts and culture Emerge in Yarra will ignite the cultural landscape of Melbourne’s inner north with a vibrant multi arts program taking place from June 29 – July 8. Now in its fourteenth year, Emerge in Yarra will continue a long tradition of unearthing and celebrating amazing new creative talents from Melbourne’s emerging refugee and culturally diverse communities. With 10 events over 10 days following Refugee Week, the festival will include commissioned works and new…

July 2017
01
July
12.00 pm — 4.30 pm
@ Plenty Ranges Arts & Convention Centre
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Emerge in the North 2017

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…

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July
6.00 pm — 10.00 pm
@ The Melba Spiegeltent
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BLACK ORCHID STRING BAND ALBUM LAUNCH

BLACK ORCHID STRING BAND ALBUM LAUNCH Saturday 1 July, 6 – 10pm @ The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood Tickets: Presale $10 entry/ $15 with meal. Door Sales $15 entry/ $20 with meal + BF. Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/black-orchid-string-band-album-launch-tickets-34898996839 Come and celebrate the launch of the Black Orchid String Band debut album at the beautiful Melba Spiegletent and share in a feast of West Papuan music, culture and specially prepared traditional dishes. The Black Orchid Stringband is a collective of West Papuan…

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July
7.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ Across the City of Yarra
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Cookin’ Up Community

Cookin’ Up Community #1 In this creative culinary collaboration, stories and music flavoured with Neda Rahmani’s Persian and Mauritian roots, will combine with the unique aromas of Ethiopian cuisine crafted by restaurateur Saba Alemayoh. Neda Rahmani was born in Iran to an Iranian father and a Mauritian mother, and grew up in Australia. Neda’s passion is music, dance, song and culture and she has been performing in the Melbourne arts scene for many years. Stories, family and sharing food are as…

07
July
6.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Storey Hall, RMIT University
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Professor Gary Foley present the second Nelson Mandela Day Lecture at RMIT

Professor Gary Foley will present the second Nelson Mandela Day Lecture at RMIT   – Professor Gary Foley In 2009, the UN General Assembly launched Nelson Mandala Day to commemorate the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. On this day, people around the world are encouraged to devote 67 minutes of their time to helping others. Mandela’s Legacy: Global Prospects and Challenges The second Nelson Mandela Day Lecture will be presented by Professor Gary…

07
July
6.30 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Richmond Theatrette
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Osono: Our Culture

Osono, the first work from Our Culture, will explore the journey from grief and loss to unity, post-traumatic growth, and celebration. This visual and striking work is an amalgamation of dance, movement, rhythm and vocals from Aboriginal and West African communities. Our Culture comprises West African and Aboriginal Australian dancers and musicians who are inspired by their heritage and culture. Forming officially in early 2017, the group perform traditional and contemporary African and Aboriginal dance and live music that explores the…

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July
12.00 pm — 6.00 pm
@ Melbourne CBD
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Nelson Mandela Day 2017

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly. “It is in your hands to make of the world a better place,” he said a year earlier, calling on the younger generation to take up this task. Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place.…

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July
All Day
@ Unnamed Venue
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Common Ground 2017

What is Common Ground? Connect with other young people (15 years and over) from diverse cultures and faiths to create new expressions in spoken word poetry. Previous experience not required. In it’s fifth year, Common Ground will be running it’s free spoken word workshop series in the City of Whittlesea, City of Brimbank and Greater Shepparton. Online expression of interest essential, email sukhjit@multiculturalarts.com.au or phone: 9188 368 To Book: Thomastown https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=285871&ses=841355 St Albans https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=285871&ses=842873 Shepparton: https://www.trybooking.com/book/sessions?eid=285871&ses=842886&bof=1 Previous program (video): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7R8AJbkSOw&t=2s   City of Whittlesea:…

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8.30 pm
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Salty

The Butterfly Club presents gooey Singaporean horror comedy Two-time Melbourne Fringe award-winner Shannan Lim and his spook buddies Jayde Harding and Tye Norman vomit three short, interconnected plays—contemporary slants on the lurid demons of Singaporean-Malay mythology. Accompanied by neat video projections, Salty features a curious stillborn fetus, a slippery oily man nobody can catch, and a smouldering sex vampire looking for somebody to impregnate her. Each story places a ghost of Singapore in a modern Australian context and deconstructs contrasting…

August 2017
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August
7.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ Dance House
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GIRLS, GODDESSES AND GHOSTS: EMPOWERING WOMEN

GIRLS, GODDESSES AND GHOSTS: EMPOWERING WOMEN A unique evening of performance and discussion dedicated to the empowerment of young girls and women through dance and dialogue. Featuring an introduction by Eugenia Flynn, followed by a presentation on Nehha Bhatnagar’s work with the Sarvam Foundation on the power of performance in transforming the lives of under privileged girls in the Delhi slums.  Followed by the Warrior Goddess- a classical dance performance by Nehha. Dr Priya Srinivasan (Asia Institute Melbourne University) will present a contemporary multimedia…

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August
6.00 pm — 7.30 pm
@ Bells Hotel
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B4U Play: Musical Melting Pot

Collaborations can transcend, and can polarise. What makes a good cross-cultural collaboration, and what should you be aware of when you agree to work with others on a shared music outcome. Most great music is the result of collaboration on some level. Some of the most profound and influential music known to us is the result of a meeting of great music minds of artists from different backgrounds to create something truly unique. Think about Paul Simon’s controversial, but critically…

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August
8.00 pm — 10.00 pm
@ Various Location
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SENEGAMBIAN JAZZ BAND ALBUM LAUNCH

Senegambian Jazz Band debut album launch to unlock ‘melting pot’ of sounds and influences Since its inception in 2015, The Senegambian Jazz Band’s sound has developed through melding the traditions of west African melodies and rhythms with everything from jazz, Latin and funk to “doof doof”. With six musicians from five countries, TSJB’s debut album is a melting pot of sounds, influences and cultures intricately woven to create a magical sonic experience unlike anything in the Australian music scene. Recorded at…

September 2017
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September
9.00 pm — 3.00 am
@ The Night Cat
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Beasts of No Nation: A Tribute to Fela Kuti

Multicultural Arts Victoria and PBS 106.7FM Melbourne  are proud to announce the return of Beasts of No Nation – a special event paying tribute to Fela Kuti featuring The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra plus special guests at The Night Cat on Saturday September 9. Presented by Stani Goma of PBS show Flight 1067 to Africa, Beasts of No Nation is dedicated to afrobeat pioneer Fela Anikulapo Kuti – one of the most celebrated and audacious artists of the 20th century, who continuously put his life on…

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September
6.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Kaiela Arts
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‘Deadly Decks’ visual arts exhibition at Kaiela Arts in Shepparton

  Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) has been working in partnership with Kaiela Arts in Shepparton to facilitate a new Emerge Incubator project, Deadly Decks. This exciting grass-roots visual-arts initiative has been devised by Shepparton based Yorta Yorta artist and Emerge Ambassador, Tammy-Lee Atkinson. Launch: Thursday 14 September 2017, 6pm – 8pm Exhibition Opening Hours: 14 September– 28 September, Wed, Thurs, Fri, 10am – 5pm Address: Kaiela Arts, 137-139 High St, Shepparton The project has provided a dynamic space for ten…

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September
2.30 pm — 5.30 pm
@ Melton South Community Centre
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Innovate Craft Exhibition at Dream Big Festival in Melton South

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) has been working in partnership with Mary Anwat and Vicki Kinai to facilitate a new Emerge Incubator weaving project, Innovate. This mentoring program was developed by the two weavers who are both Emerge Ambassadors, Mary from Melton, and Vicki from Hoppers Crossing. “Innovate has provided a dynamic space for established weaver Mary Anwat to reinvigorate her work through mentoring and collaboration with weaver & educator Vicki Kinai, which has inspired the creation of new weaving work…

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September
5.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ St. Paul’s African House
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AFROBEAT CELEBRATION AT AFRICAN HOUSE, SHEPPARTON

SHEPPARTON AFROBEAT CELEBRATION AT AFRICAN HOUSE A special event paying tribute to the iconic music of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti and renowned visual artist Lemi Ghariokwu. Lemi Ghariokwu, the award winning visual artist famous for creating most of Fela Kuti’s album covers, is coming to Australia to present his work and co-host a series of events marking the 20th anniversary of the death of his friend and mentor, Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Presenters Multicultural Arts Victoria and Flight 1067 to Africa…

October 2017
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October
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@ State Theatre Centre Perth WA
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Spoken Word Poetry Helps Us to Find Common Ground

Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Community Arts Network and with support from Propel Youth Arts is proud to present Common Ground – a multilingual, multi faith spoken word workshop series in Perth. Common Ground was established by Multicultural Arts Victoria 4 years ago to build connection and understanding between young people of diverse faiths and cultures. FREE workshops Facilitator: Abdul Hammoud and Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa Date:  Monday 2nd to Friday 6th of October Public poetry performance: Saturday 7 October…

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October
2.00 pm — 4.00 pm
@ Watsonia Library
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Migration-Stories from Banyule Book Launch

MIGRATION-Stories from Banyule reveals fourteen personal journeys of migration by and about people originally from the Aeolian islands, England, the Greek islands, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Poland who came to Australia by ship, disembarked at Port Melbourne, and now call Australia Home. This publication can be viewed as a vessel for transporting previously untold, unwritten and unheard family journeys. And while a great deal remains to be told, each story is significant, not simply because some of the Memory Keepers…

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October
6.00 pm — 10.30 pm
@ St Kilda Town Hall
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Multicultural Arts Victoria Gala Fundraiser

Multicultural Arts Victoria’s 2017 gala fundraiser will feature a selection of top musicians and artists from Multicultural Arts Victoria’s diverse program with live crowdfunding, silent auction, delicious cultural foods and storytelling. All funds raised will support our social enterprise Go For Broke supporting new opportunities for our talented artists and communities. Date: Thursday 19 October, 5.30pm (for 6pm start) Venue: St Kilda Town Hall, Main auditorium, Corner Brighton Rd and Carlisle St, St Kilda Tickets: $125 (individual) / $1,100 (table of ten)…

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1.00 pm — 3.00 pm
@ MPavilion
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Melbourne Festival 2017 – Our Place, Our Home

Our Place, Our Home – a celebration of diversity The closing day of the 2017 Melbourne Festival this year will be a celebration of diversity with performances from emerging musicians from Australia’s refugee and Indigenous backgrounds – Our Place, Our Home. As Melbourne Festival’s special closing event for the second time, Our Place, Our Home will showcase multicultural exchange demonstrated through music and dance. For over 10 years Multicultural Arts Victoria’s State of Culture Music Program has launched the careers of…

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October
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What Happened in Shanghai showcases at the 2017 Shanghai International Arts Festival

Multicultural Arts Victoria supports Victorian artist and choreographer Victoria Chiu’s vision The Shanghai Theatre Academy and Multicultural Arts Victoria proudly presents artist and choreographer Victoria Chiu’s creative contribution to the China Shanghai International Arts Festival: What Happened in Shanghai. The performance examines spaces between death and new life will be showing from the 27th-28th October. What Happened in Shanghai is a contemporary dance, video and live music collaboration between Chinese and Australian artists. It is a contemporary movement and cultural experiment that highlights four…

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October
6.30 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Museo Italiano, Co.As.It.
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MIGRATION- Stories from Banyule

MIGRATION – Stories from Banyule With the participation of Maria Vamvakinou MP A publication of fourteen extraordinary narratives by and about people from England, Italy, Greece, Malta, Poland and Slovenia that could well change the way you have been thinking about immigrants, refugees and migration issues. The program includes readings from the book, screening of short documentaries and a Panel discussion led by Maria Vamvakinou MP. Click here to register. Please contact lella.cariddi@multiculturalarts.com.au if you would like to pre order your copy. Key Information Tuesday 31…

November 2017
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7.30 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Riverlinks Westside
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Pasifika Festival 2017

Pasifika Festival will be a spectacular 2 day showcase of Pacific Islander music, dance, art, food, fashion, comedy and culture taking place at WestSide Riverlinks in Mooroopna and Queen’s Gardens in Shepparton. Friday 10 November Presented by Vic Pasifika Productions in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria and Riverlinks, Pasifika Festival will kick off at WestSide Riverlinks with a very special evening of comedy and music. International comedy star Tofiga Fepulea’i (ex-Laughing Samoans, NZ) will bring tears of laughter as he…

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November
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@ Laundry & Bar Open
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Sunday Cumbia Fest!

Vibrating Planet & Cumbia Massive in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Sunday Cumbia Fest – A celebration of the new tropical Melbourne sounds! Featuring Cumbia Massive DJs, Saca La Mois and live bands, Amaru Tribe, Cumbia Cosmonauts, Impossible Monsters, Chibcha and more! Key Information Sunday 19th November, 2.30pm- 8.30pm @ Laundry- 50 Johnston St Fitzroy 8.30pm-12.30am @ Bar Open- 317 Brunswick St Fitzroy FREE EVENT

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November
2.00 pm — 5.00 pm
@ Acland Plaza
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Stories Made Music

Melbourne, home to the biggest Greek & Italian populations outside of Europe has been a melting pot of world music, attracting musicians from all over the world to practice their art, network and expand on their professional development. STORIES MADE MUSIC is a hybrid of music, singing and storytelling artists which reflects the cultural heritage of the homelands of immigrants and refugees who disembarked at Port Melbourne Piers. This cultural concert brings together professional Mediterranean Musicologists Con Kalamaras, Salvatore Rossano.…

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November
6.00 pm — 10.00 pm
@ St Paul’s African House
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Ignite End of Year Showcase

Ignite is a new music mentoring and songwriting program MAV has been facilitating in Shepparton with St. Paul’s African House. With funding from Creative Victoria and Australia Council for the Arts, we have been running weekly sessions with an average of 15 young African people coming along to collaborate with Melbourne based African Australian artists/ producers Momo, Francois and DJ BillWIll. The young people want to share what they’ve done so far and are teaming up with some of other…

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November
5.00 pm — 8.30 pm
@ Moama Echuca Botanic Gardens
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Dhungalla Kaiella Garradha (Goulburn Murray Rivers Dance Ceremony)

Multicultural Arts Victoria is proud to be partnering with Three Rivers Festival and Kaiela Arts to produce the inaugural Dhungalla Kaiella Garradha (Goulburn Murray Rivers Dance Ceremony) at the 2017 Three Rivers Festival on Saturday 25 November, 5pm – 8.30pm at the Echuca Moama Botanical Gardens. This special new project will take place across the Victorian and New South Wales border towns of Echuca and Moama. It will inspire community and celebrate traditional Yorta Yorta stories, place, spirit and ancient…

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November
3.00 pm — 6.00 pm
@ Temperence Hall
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Tempo Sessions – Music exchange & Creative Collaboration Network

CALL OUT TO MUSICIANS AT ALL LEVELS AND FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS Tempo Sessions is a musical exchange initiative to take place in the City of Port Phillip to provide creative development opportunities for new and emerging artists through musical collaboration and networking. Tempo Sessions are Creative Collaboration workshops for emerging artists with a Tempo Session presentation involving professional musicians from diverse backgrounds scheduled for early 2018. Workshops are free and will be mentored by Music Producer Oscar Jimenez and presentation…

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November
1.00 pm — 7.30 pm
@ Metro West (Victoria University)
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Emerge in the West Festival 2018 – Community Gathering

Emerge in the West is a place for artists and communities from Indigenous, refugee and emerging communities to have a voice – with possibilities for music, spoken word, dance, film, art, craft, fashion, and other expressions of culture. Do you want to hear more about how you can be involved & future ideas? Supported by the City of Maribyrnong & the State and Federal Governments, Emerge in the West is a partnership between Multicultural Arts Victoria, the African Australian Small…

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November
6.30 pm — 8.30 pm
@ The Capital
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POSTPONED Emerge Cultural Network Gathering 2017

Artists and community leaders from new, culturally diverse and First Nations communities in Bendigo are invited to Emerge Cultural Network Gathering 2017 Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services and the City of Greater Bendigo invites you to the first Bendigo Emerge Cultural Gathering for artists and community members. Come and discuss Cultural Leadership, performance and exhibition opportunities and ways to keep Culture alive and ways to share it. Key Information Dinner is provided with Vegetarian &…

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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.…

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November
6.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ MPavilion
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MAPPING MELBOURNE 2017 LAUNCH

Over seventeen days and 14 venues the fifth 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
5.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ Testing Grounds
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Con-TemporariTEA

A collaboration between Yumi Umiumare’s PopUp tearoom series and S-Jon’s Tumbleweed project, this performance will explore freedom and spontaneity. This contemporary ritual will be set up through tea ceremony, food, storytelling, art making and performance. When the wind blows, the things collected transform the landscape with new shapes and forms emerging organically like tumbleweed. Con-TemporariTEA will be a collective interpretation of movement via the wind, where people from many diverse countries have settled into the one city, creating a unique…

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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…

02
December
1.00 pm — 4.00 pm
@ West Space
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HOW TO DRAW A JASON PHU FOLKTALE JOKE

Jason puts an innovative twist on his Chinese/Vietnamese cultural upbringing with Buddhist, Daoist and traditional Chinese influences while growing up in Australia, through using materials such as plastics, spray paint and house paint. Alongside his exhibition, he will run a one-day Chinese painting workshop, celebrating the medium of ink with calligraphic brushes on Chinese xuan paper. The first part of the workshop familiarises the participants with the medium: holding the brush, using different techniques and doing a simple drawing. Jason…

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December
8.00 pm — 10.00 pm
@ Room – 080.01.002, Building 80, RMIT
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JARANAN – PREMIERE FILM SCREENING

NOTE: Due to weather, the event venue has moved to RMIT, Building 80, Room 080.01.002, 445 Swanston St, Melbourne. NOTE: VIP seating tickets (chair and food) have been SOLD OUT. However, the film screening is free and open to the public. We invite you to bring a picnic blanket and some food to enjoy the screening. ‘Jaranan’: the name given to a tradition of Javanese horse dance that has the power to entrance its participants and enable their bodies to…

02
December
10.00 pm — 11.00 pm
@ Jazz Lab
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KAIJU HIP HOP JAZZ PROJECT

Kojoe X Aaron Choulai explore the boundaries of hip hop and jazz in a new collaboration with an impressive line-up of Melbourne musicians on the cutting edge of the local underground and mainstream music scene. Celebrated jazz pianist and beat maker Aaron Choulai, who grew up in Australia, made Tokyo his home in 2008. It was there that one of his most exciting collaborations came together when he crossed paths with Kojoe. Koichiro “Kojoe” Sakata is a Japan born, Queens…

03
December
3.00 pm — 6.00 pm
@ Meat Market
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GAMELAN DANANDA WORKSHOPS

Interactive workshops – both stand-alone and as a precursor to I SAID NEON Composition Forum KECAK WORKSHOP 3PM-3.45PM Gamelan DanAnda and visiting guest artist master drummer Pande Mardiana lead a vocal percussion “monkey” chant hands-on workshop. Experience trance-like interlocking parts as part of a large group. No choral experience necessary. INTRODUCTION TO BALINESE GAMELAN, 4PM-4.45PM Gamelan DanAnda and visiting guest artist master drummer Pande Mardiana provide an insight to the background of this mesmerising music through short lecture demonstrations, followed…

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December
7.30 pm — 9.30 pm
@ Meat Market
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I SAID NEON

New Music Composition Forum I SAID NEON showcases a diverse range of composers and ensembles who will present new works inspired by traditional Indonesian music. This year’s event will see a broad spectrum of interpretations including modification of traditional ensembles, arrangements for western instruments and the use of electronics. Throughout this interactive event, connections between Indonesia and Australia, performers and audiences, innovation and tradition will be explored. 2017 Featured International Artist: Pande ‘Yande’ Mardiana. Presented by Gamelan DanAnda Australia Inc.…

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December
6.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ No Vacancy QV
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REFLECTION

Reflection presents the works of three contemporary artists based in Melbourne, Pimpisa Tinpalit, Leah McIntosh and Yumemi Hiraki. Watch as the artists’ respective life experiences come alive in this exhibition. A truly intercultural and mixed media celebration of diverse Australian talent, Reflection is a personal expression of the contemporary artists’ inner most thoughts and feelings. This event pushes the boundaries of visual presentation through a fusion of techniques and media, whilst being an emotional and personal expression of artistic merit.…

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December
6.00 pm — 7.30 pm
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Community Gathering – Emerge in the North Festival 2018

Please join us to learn about Emerge in the North 2018 and to share your ideas. The Emerge in the North Festival is planned for 22-30 June 2018 across the northern suburbs. It is a place for artists and communities from Indigenous, refugee and emerging communities to have a voice – with possibilities for music, spoken word, dance, film, art, craft, fashion, and other expressions of culture. Multicultural Arts Victoria, City of Whittlesea, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Whittlesea Community Connections…

06
December
6.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Melbourne Museum
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SERPENT DREAMING WOMEN

SOLD OUT Serpent Dreaming Women aims to create awareness through affecting emotion and effecting change. This site-specific piece draws links between Indian, Indian diasporic, and Australian Indigenous women, as they explore their complex and long relationships with each other’s cultures and Mother Earth- simultaneously political, poetic, contemporary and timeless. Join these women as they attempt to undo the warp and weft of the binds that constrain their minds and bodies through an embodied process of decolonisation. Conceptualised by Artistic Director…

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December
6.00 pm — 12.00 pm
@ Testing Grounds
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NAVICULA @ TESTING GROUNDS

Navicula, headed by lead singer Gede Robi, is at the intersection of a wild psychedelic grunge experience with alternative and progressive music from Bali. They’ve toured Canada, US, India, Italy, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar and advocate for environmental and social change wherever they go. FOLLOW FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER, 6PM Kutcha Edwards is power and transformation in sound, embodied in human form in a special collaboration, he is joined by the extraordinary Robbie Bundle and welcoming to Australia the Green…

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

EVENT CANCELLED 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…

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December
2.00 pm — 5.00 pm
@ Beckett Theatre at The Coopers Malthouse
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COMMON GROUND SHOWCASE

Common Ground is a unique, multilingual, multi-faith project that uses various forms of writing, primarily spoken word, to build connection and understanding between young people of diverse faiths and cultures. The transformative and unifying essence of the spoken word is beautifully presented in this showcase. Facilitated by local professional spoken word artists, Common Ground will explore themes of identity, authenticity, faith, belonging, conflict and peace. Enjoy an afternoon of spoken word, music, food and storytelling where poets from Brimbank, Whittlesea…

09
December
8.00 pm — 1.00 am
@ Horse Bazaar
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KAIJU BEATS + PIECES

A rare night of live and electronic music with duo Kojoe X Aaron Choulai, No Boundary collaboration feat Miyama McQueen-Tokita & Elf Tranzporter and DJ sets from DJ PonPon, DJ Kyohei, DJ Snuc & MC Naki. Key Information: SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 8PM- 1AM @ HORSE BAZAAR 397 LT LONSDALE STREET MELBOURNE

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December
12.30 pm — 3.30 pm
@ RMIT
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Screening of Crossing The Line

In association with Multicultural Arts Victoria and RMIT, Anita Barar proudly presents Crossing The Line – an award winning documentary about Partition of India in 1947. This film, written and directed by Anita Barar, follows the stories of displacement, bloodshed, abduction, friendship, love and hope. The film is being screened in Melbourne 70 years after the Partition and on Human Rights Day. “A very fine documentary…. Captivating, poignant and at times disturbing…” – John Winter (Australian Filmmaker) Official selection in…

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December
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@ Temperence Hall
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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…

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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…

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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
@ Hamer Hall, Stalls Foyer
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AND THE HALF LIGHT

PLEASE NOTE: Venue changed to Hamer Hall, Stalls Foyer, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne. 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

19
January
5.30 pm — 7.30 pm
@ MPavilion
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SHEPP’S OWN: IGNITE SOUND PROJECT, KNOW YOUR ROOTS & POLYFUSION SOUNDZ

Join us at MPavilion for a spectacular musical showcase of Shepparton’s dynamic and culturally rich creative communities—a true celebration of regional talent and the compelling stories found therein. Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria, this diverse and exclusive show presents some of the most exciting new contemporary voices coming out of Shepparton, including: Ignite Sound Project, a crew of young and emerging artists sharing their self-produced beats and rhymes, and stories of struggle and resilience, in the result of a unique music…

20
January
4.00 pm — 6.00 pm
@ MPavilion
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IN ‘G’: A GEELONG AND SURF COAST MUSICAL SHOWCASE

Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria, and as part of MPavilion’s inaugural Regional Program, In ‘G’ is a music showcase of diverse and emerging artists from Geelong and the Surf Coast. Come along for late afternoon performances by Afro-highlife blues-rock explosion Immy Owusu’s Magic Butter Machine; One Spirit Africa, the Afro-fusion band led by Ghanaian multi-instrumentalist and dancer Fredrick Kpakpo Addo; and inter-disciplinary artist Momoko Rose, joined by her band. Photo by India Jolley

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