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May 2017
26
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…

29
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…

01
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…

04
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…

15
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.…

17
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:…

25
July
8.30 pm
@ The Butterfly Club
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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
04
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…

21
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
09
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…

15
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
02
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…

07
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…

19
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)…

22
October
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
All Day
@ Rehearsal Hall, Shanghai Theatre Academy
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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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November
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
All Day
@ 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…

26
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…

28
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…

28
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
01
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…

02
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…

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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
All Day
@ 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…

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…

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December
7.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ NIDA Melbourne, Suite 4
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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…

15
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…

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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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…

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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

February 2018
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February
11.00 am — 4.00 pm
@ Dudley House
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CHRYSALIS – AN ART EXHIBITION BY EMERGE CULTURAL HUB BENDIGO

EMERGE Cultural Hub Bendigo – Multicultural Arts Victoria is proud to present, CHRYSALIS, an art exhibition that celebrates the vibrancy of culture in Bendigo. The exhibition will feature various mediums, such as photography, installation, textiles, painting, sculpture, fashion, and weaving. The artists include Janet Bromley, Tashara Roberts, Michellie Charvat, Ian Clark, Hyra Usman, Troy Firebrace, Daikota Nelson, Lizette Vieyra, Akhila Fernando, and Susie Oh. “I am really excited to curate this exhibition of works from First Nations and Culturally Diverse…

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February
11.00 am — 7.00 pm
@ St Kilda Beach
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Holi Tribe at St Kilda Beach

Holi Festival is coming to St Kilda Beach ! Holi, also known as the ‘festival of colours’ or ‘festival of love’,  has an ancient origin as a religious festival in India. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. So get ready for the most awaited event to indulge in the colours of India and groove to some fine tunes…

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February
10.00 am — 10.00 pm
@ Abbotsford Convent
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ButohOUT 2018! – The body – our closest nature

“The most mysterious and last nature we encounter is our body.” – Keiichi Ueda ButohOUT! is a new festival celebrating the unique nature and cultural dialogue through the powerful performance medium of Butoh. Originally called ‘Dance of Darkness,’ Butoh emerged out of Japan in the late 50’s and goes beyond the confines of specific culture, gender and religion, aspiring to universal expression that touches the true nature of humanity. Exploring the theme of body, nature and landscape, ButohOUT! Evokes the…

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February
6.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Epping Community Services Hub
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EMERGE CULTURAL NETWORK GATHERING EPPING 2018

Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge Cultural Leadership Program is establishing in the outer northern suburbs of Melbourne, in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. It is an important part of the Emerge Cultural Hub which began in this area with the Emerge in the North Festival in 2017. The Cultural Leadership program aims to support cultural practitioners from Indigenous & emerging culturally diverse communities to empower them to have a strong and effective voice through the arts; to build expertise…

March 2018
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March
10.00 am — 5.00 pm
@ Site Eight
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EXHIBITION – SITUATE Artist Residency with DR TISNA SANJAYA

SITUATE Artist Residency with DR TISNA SANJAYA [Melbourne, Australia – Bandung, Indonesia] Tisna Sanjaya (Bandung, Indonesia) is the first recipient of the inaugural Indonesian Artists Residency program, a partnership between RMIT, Project 11 and Multicultural Arts Victoria. Tisna has been invited to be part of the RMIT 2018 SITUATE program in February/March 2018. The SITUATE Residency program aims to increase connections and create greater awareness between the Australian and Indonesian artistic and cultural communities and to open up new international creative…

01
March
6.00 pm — 10.30 pm
@ Engine Room
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SK!N By TerryandTheCuz – Bendigo

SK!N is the boundary of our bodies. It is the membrane that helps us distinguish what is us from what is not us. It is the uncrossable border between our bodies and the other’s alien body. Paradoxically, in the moment of contact between two bodies, when we attempt to go beyond our borders we are affronted by a stronger affirmation of our own identity. SK!N is about migration and how, when and why we are allowed to freely cross borders…

03
March
7.30 pm — 9.00 pm
@ Merlyn Theatre at The Coopers Malthouse
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PINING STRINGS, LINGERING HARMONY 寻琴记

Pining Strings, Lingering Harmony, written by Patrick Wang and Linda (Nalan) Zhao, will come to The Coopers Malthouse during the Chinese Lantern Festival (also known as The Festival of Reunion). This work, based on Master Pei Jinbao’s real life story and historical events in China, will unveil to its audiences the secret of these beguiling and beautiful ancient instruments, hidden in the mists of four long centuries. Over ninety minutes, 10 Guqin masterpieces will be presented to the audience, including…

07
March
4.00 pm — 10.00 pm
@ Industrial School, Sacred Heart Building
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‘SK!N’ by TerryandTheCuz – Melbourne

You arrive at the meeting point, where you’re registered, processed and stripped of your belongings. You step inside the shipping container, the doors close behind you, and the world you know changes forever. Inspired by actual events, ‘SK!N’ by TerryandTheCuz redefines the theatrical experience, bringing audiences into the world of human trafficking. Through visceral, achingly beautiful choreography, the despair and desperation of refugees’ mental and physical torture is laid bare – and you, as a participant, are fully immersed. Created in collaboration…

07
March
6.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Epping and Werribee
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Emerge Cultural Leadership Workshop Program 2018

Multicultural Arts Victoria invites you to the 2018 EMERGE CULTURAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP PROGRAM proudly supported by Gandel Philanthropy. The free workshops are for new & emerging artists from diverse communities, offering skills development and networking opportunities to help get your community cultural and creative projects and ideas out there. In 2018, our workshops include hands-on assistance with a series of follow-up support sessions, to help put into action the learnings from the workshops. The first of the 2018 workshops are: EPPING Start-Up…

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March
7.30 pm — 9.00 pm
@ Brunswick Mechanics Institute
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Multi Futurism @ Brunswick Music Festival

HALF PRICE TICKETS! Use code: ARTISTS, JAzmaris X Manal Younus, Hari Sivanesan, Amin Payne and Ra Ngatira. With DJ Paul Gorrie (free in the Festival Hub bar). Multi Futurism melds masters of little heard, diverse music with established contemporary artists to spark unusual, inter-cultural collaborations and eclectic new music genres – aurally representing Melbourne’s textured cultural landscape. This intimate iteration of Multi Futurism will feature the hypnotic soundscapes of Hari Sivanansen, Amin Payne and Ra Ngatira and will premier a new collaboration between ethio-jazz stalwarts, The JAzmaris and freelance storyteller Manal Younus. Bringing together storytelling, hip hop, traditional…

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March
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A Night with Ustad Shujaat Khan and Jay Dabgar

Multicultural Arts Victoria is proud to present legendary artist and Grammy award nominee, Ustad Shujaat Khan, on his first ever Australian tour.  Ustad Shujaat Khan will be playing a selection of shows around Australia to share the gift of Indian classical music with local audiences. Shujaat Kahn is one of the greatest North Indian classical musicians of his generation and he will be accompanied by local Tabla master, Jay Dabgar. The duo will play in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and regional Victoria.…

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March
11.00 am — 5.00 pm
@ No Vacancy QV
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Asian Grocery

Where art and groceries are getting repackaged! Asian Grocery is an art installation space created by seven Melbourne-based artists who have unique connections with Asian identity. Inspired by the question ‘What is Asia?’ these emerging artists have created a store full of kitsch items for you to discover and will offer performance and printmaking workshops, so you can contribute to the collective live art space. In the 19th century, many people migrated out of Asia in search of gold. As…

21
March
6.30 pm — 7.30 pm
@ Ivanhoe Library
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Migration Stories

Presentation & Readings of Migration – Stories from Banyule (Ivanhoe)

Multicultural Arts Victoria, in collaboration with Ivanhoe Library, invite you and a guest to a presentation and readings from the recent publication titled: MIGRATION – Stories from Banyule As part of MAV’s What Happened At The Pier program, “MIGRATION” touches on the profound cultural heritage of people who in seeking a new beginning, left behind much of what was important to them. This social history, co-edited by Lella Cariddi with Christine Mathieuaimsto: inform, inspire and connect with people of all ages…

24
March
12.00 pm — 6.30 pm
@ Federation Square
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VICTORIA’S MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL

Victoria’s Multicultural Festival is the highlight of Cultural Diversity Week presenting an incredible day of food, music, dance, art, design and activities for people of all ages. Commonwealth Bank Main Stage  12:00 PM | MC Anna GoGo Performer, comedian and dance teacher Anna Go-Go is known for mobilising huge crowds for impromptu mass dance events. As your MC for the beginning of the afternoon, she’s sure to get you on your feet. 12:05 PM |Ausecuma Beats Ausecuma Beats is a…

24
March
2.00 pm — 5.00 pm
@ Collected Works Bookshop
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Migration Stories

Presentation & Readings of Migration – Stories from Banyule (Melbourne)

Multicultural Arts Victoria and Collected Works invite you and a guest to a presentation and readings from the recent publication titled: MIGRATION – Stories from Banyule As part of MAV’s What Happened At The Pier program, “MIGRATION” touches on the profound cultural heritage of people who in seeking a new beginning, left behind much of what was important to them. This social history, co-edited by Lella Cariddi with Christine Mathieuaimsto: inform, inspire and connect with people of all ages and diverse cultural heritage,…

24
March
6.30 pm — 10.00 pm
@ Federation Square
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Culture Waves 2018

Culture Waves brings young artists Sampa the Great, Kira Puru and Philly together for a very special free gig to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week 2018. Taking place during Cultural Diversity Week, the free event is a celebration of the diverse influences that have inspired the latest sounds in our local music scene. In each one of the artists’ stories is a narrative that will be familiar to many young people in Victoria. Sampa the Great Rap and spoken word artist Sampa…

26
March
6.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Bendigo Library
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Batik Art Workshop

Batik Art Workshop

Make a Batik Flag for the Bendigo Easter Festival Hemaratne Fernando, master craftsmen and artist from Hema Batiks – Sri Lanka, and Akhila Fernando from ARTMORE will introduce participants to tools, dyes, materials and methods for making batik artworks. Tools, dyes, and fabric will be provided and one piece of artwork will be completed by each participant to be displayed in the EMERGE Cultural Hub Celebration during the Easter Festival. Details: When: Monday 26th March 2018 from 6pm – 8pm…

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March
5.45 pm — 8.45 pm
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Emerge Big Gathering

Emerge Big Gathering

Multicultural Arts Victoria and Gandel Philanthropy presents the 2018 EMERGE BIG GATHERING. Since its inception in 2004, Multicultural Art’s Victoria’s Emerge program has cultivated strong relationships with community members, artists and cultural leaders, many of whom have contributed significantly to the success of the program over its 12 years. Emerge is a unique initiative that celebrates and acknowledges newly arrived, emerging culturally diverse and Indigenous artists and communities in their local areas, and provides tangible opportunities for cross cultural sharing,…

28
March
5.00 pm — 7.00 pm
@ The Green Brain Room, RMIT University Building 22, Level 7
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CAST OUT LOUD – Hyphenated: Art and inter-cultural identity

Colonial constructs of Australian identity have politically and culturally distanced Australia from its geographical neighbours. Despite this, and in the face of the immigration restriction act, the Asian communities have had a long and significant history of contributing to Australia. HYPHENATED presents the work of a number of contemporary Asian-Australian artists living locally in Victoria, offering varying perspectives of issues, from the personal to the global, through a hyphenated lens. Exhibiting artists include RUSHDI ANWAR, SOFI BASSEGHI AND EHSAN KHOSHNAMI, ANDY BUTLER, RHETT D’COSTA, TAMMY…

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March
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Street Festival at Emerge In The West 2018

Footscray will come alive on Saturday with the vibrant 2018 Emerge in the West Street Festival celebrating diversity, community and the arts. Emerge in the West is a free family-friendly event showcasing emerging talent in music, dance, art, cultural food and storytelling and special offers from local traders. Music The main stage will see performances from Blak Roots, P-UniQue, GADDA and Saeed Abdullah’s East African Ensemble alongside the Senegambian Jazz Band; and drumming workshops throughout the afternoon. Art Sutueal Bekele…

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March
10.00 am — 5.00 pm
@ Emerge Cultural Hub Celebration (Conservatory Gardens – Rosalind Park)
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Emerge Cultural Hub Celebration! at the Easter Festival Program 2018

During the Festival Emerge Culture Hub Join us to make celebratory bunting- use paint pens to decorate a canvas triangle and contribute to the bunting that will decorate the tent and future festivals Central Victoria’s Bendigo Local Aboriginal Network Have a yarn and join BLAN members in fun activities! Wonderoola Drop in and meet Stella Levak and have a Wonderoola reading. Also find out more about art activities for young people.3 The Bare Bird Family Day – Good Friday 30 March, 2018…

April 2018
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Indigenous Music Development Program

Young Indigenous music makers in Mooroopna are the sound of the future. The Indigenous Music Development Program is a first time exciting new music, skills and creative development workshop taking place on April 14-15 in Mooroopna. The program will provide a unique opportunity for 12 young Indigenous people to learn the fundamentals of music production and create their own original compositions over a weekend of fun, hands-on workshops with experienced professional Indigenous artists. The project is an initiative of Mooroopna…

14
April
11.00 am — 5.00 pm
@ South Melbourne Town Hall
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EMERALD THREADS

EMERALD THREADS by SLOW ART COLLECTIVE In the past 7 years, Slow Art Collective have created various large scale participatory artworks that play with ideas of sustainability, improvisation, on-site learning and experimentation often incorporating various elements of DIY sound, weaving, food and plant production and gameplay. In their latest project ‘Emerald Threads’, Slow Art Collective will build an evolving structure that will house a series of resting places for the public. Inviting public participation and intervention from interested members of the South…

15
April
3.00 pm — 6.00 pm
@ Temperence Hall
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Tempo Sessions 2018

CALL OUT TO MUSICIANS AT ALL LEVELS AND FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS Tempo Sessions is a musical exchange initiative taking 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 May 2018. Workshops are free and will be mentored by Music Producer Oscar Jimenez and presentation will…

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April
6.15 pm — 8.15 pm
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Migration women and resilience

Symposium | Migration: WOMEN & RESILIENCE

Join us for an informative and thought-provoking evening exploring experience of displacement, participation, and contributions to modern Australia, by generations of immigrants and refugee women. Leaving your home and establishing yourself in a new country can be a difficult journey. How do you maintain connection with the culture of your original homeland as your adapt to new environment? Join our panel of multicultural speakers, as they discuss historic and contemporary issues through short-form documentaries, readings and stories across cultures and…

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April
9.00 am — 5.00 pm
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Perspective of Ideas at Emerge In The West 2018

Perspective of Ideas is an exhibition of works by Sutueal Bekele and Magupela. Two African artists who have travelled and lived outside their birth place for a long time trying to find balance; two artists whose themes expand from different perspectives. One, a somewhat abstract/realist mixture, revolves around African themes through the life experience he had living outside his home town for a long time. The other, combining both realist and traditional Ethiopian art, in observation of human sentiments that…

May 2018
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May
6.00 pm — 8.00 pm
@ Engine Room
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Emerge Cultural Network Gathering | Bendigo

Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services and the City of Greater Bendigo present an Emerge Cultural Gathering for artists and community members. Come and discuss Cultural Leadership, performance and exhibition opportunities and ways to share and keep Culture alive and how we can be involved in Artlands. Ros Abercrombie the director of Regional Arts Australia’s Artlands will address how Culturally Diverse people and communities can be involved and share their Culture. Dinner is provided with Vegetarian & Halal…

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May
6.00 pm — 7.00 pm
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Emerge In The West 2018

Multicultural Arts Victoria, in partnership with the African Australian Small Business Association, presents the eighth edition of Emerge in the West, a multi-artform festival from 2 – 5 May 2018 across the City of Maribyrnong. This year the festival kicks off with 3 showcase events that include; Picture This – a film showcase and conversation with local filmmakers of African Heritage, Perspective of Ideas – an exhibition by two African artists who have travelled and live outside their birth place…

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May
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Picture This at Emerge In The West 2018

Picture This, presented in partnership with Sun Theatre, is a film showcase and conversation with local filmmakers of African Heritage. The screening will feature recent works portraying alternate visions of Australian life by established and new Melbourne-based filmmakers, namely, Jose Consul Gonsalves, Osei Owusu Banahene, Ez Eldin Deng and Ayan Yusuf. After the screenings, a conversation discussing independent film making and the barriers encountered in Australia, will be hosted by Dorcas Utkovic of OzAfrican TV and will include Ez Eldin…

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May
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Hot Topics at Emerge In The West 2018

Hot Topics is an innovative program that allows young people to freely express issues that affect them in their many areas of life. This event will showcase spoken word, music and food in a harmonious environment. Hot Topics is a youth-led model, where young people lead and facilitate the conversations, actively representing the voices of young people in the West. This model allows young people to be the authors of their own stories while having the platform to share those…

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May
1.00 pm — 7.00 pm
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Street Festival at Emerge In The West 2018

FREE EVENT Footscray will come alive on Saturday with the vibrant 2018 Emerge in the West Street Festival celebrating diversity, community and the arts. Emerge in the West is a free family-friendly event showcasing emerging talent in music, dance, art, cultural food and storytelling and special offers from local traders. Music Come and witness some amazing music on the main stage from Blak Roots, Burundian Drummers, P-UniQue, GADDA and Saeed Abdullah’s East African Ensemble alongside The Senegambian Jazz Band; and…

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May
3.00 pm — 7.00 pm
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City of Melbourne – Annual Arts Grants Program Information Session

Each year the City of Melbourne supports and celebrates its overwhelmingly creative and talented community through its annual arts grants program. Grants of up to $20,000 are available to artists, creatives and arts organisations across all disciplines – including performance, new media, music, dance, theatre and visual art. Arts grants are available in the following categories: – Arts projects – Aboriginal arts projects – Arts residencies Our grants and residencies are available to artists across Australia – but the outcome…

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May
6.30 pm — 8.30 pm
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MAV x Music Victoria Present: ‘Careers with Conviction’

A candid conversation with four amazing creatives who have all navigated the complex and at times stormy waters of the music business. For every public success story, there may be years of self-doubt, rapid rises, knock-backs, and come-backs that can confuse or even halt the creative process. Music Victoria and MAV members are invited to this unique session which will explore and untangle some of the common challenges that face all artists at different points of their career. Moderated by…

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May
6.30 pm — 8.30 pm
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MIGRATION SYMPOSIUM

Symposium | Migration: WOMEN & RESILIENCE

Join us for an informative and thought-provoking evening exploring experience of displacement, participation, and contributions to modern Australia, by generations of immigrants and refugee women. Leaving your home and establishing yourself in a new country can be a difficult journey. How do you maintain connection with the culture of your original homeland as your adapt to new environment? Join our panel of multicultural speakers, as they discuss historic and contemporary issues through short-form documentaries, readings and stories across cultures and…

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May
6.30 pm — 8.30 pm
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Multicultural Arts Victoria – 2018 Annual General Meeting

Notice of the Annual General Meeting for Multicultural Arts Victoria Inc. Date Monday 21 May 2018 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. RSVP by Friday 11 May via T. 9188 3681 F. 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…

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May
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Backyard Iftar

Backyard Iftar at Queen’s Garden

Multicultural Arts Victoria and Hijack’d, a Shepparton based food truck and social change movement, are excited to present a special free Backyard Iftar at Queen’s Gardens as part of Hijack’d’s Ramazan Sessions. This unique event will provide an opportunity for local people from all cultural backgrounds to have a taste of Ramadan, and for Shepparton’s Islamic Community to feel a sense of belonging and continue their beautiful traditions of breaking fast together. The event will include a free dinner and…

26
May
7.00 pm — 9.00 pm
@ Brunswick Mechanics Institute
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The Chromatic Memory

The Chromatic Memory by Timber Music Box

The Chromatic Memory is the first documentary to be featured on the Timber Music Box social media channels as a weekly series of five episodes on the beauty of Melbourne’s multicultural music scene. ‘The Chromatic Memory’ documentary series is curated collectively by Timber Music Box and Multicultural Arts Victoria. Each episode highlights one artist or ensemble performing two songs at The Aviary Recording Studio with a short interview about how they make music in their home country and what creative…

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