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November 2017
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November
All Day
@ Melbourne CBD
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MAPPING MELBOURNE 2017

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

30
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…

01
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
@ Private: 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
@ Argyle Square Piazza
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JARANAN – PREMIERE FILM 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 become vehicles for the spirits of the dead. Jaranan is set in contemporary East Java where the hype of social media and pop culture reign in equal measure with the ghosts of the past. The story is shown through the eyes of Pak Agus, a shaman and student of Java’s mystical arts. Follow the character’s journey…

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…

03
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.…

05
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.…

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…

06
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…

08
December
10.00 am — 10.00 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…

08
December
8.00 pm — 10.00 pm
@ Testing Grounds
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MAPPING THE MOVING IMAGE

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

09
December
2.00 am — 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

12
December
All Day
@ Private: Temperence Hall
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Balimbing-Filipino Queerness

BALIMBING- FILIPINO QUEERNESS

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

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

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

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

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

15
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…

16
December
3.00 pm — 5.00 pm
@ Private: Bombini Buzz Mezzanine, Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
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AND THE HALF LIGHT

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

16
December
6.00 pm — 6.30 pm
@ Private: 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
@ Private: 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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