Multicultural Arts Victoria & Melbourne Festival Present

Igniting Imagination 2017

Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Melbourne Festival present Igniting Imagination 2017. Now in its 7th year, this project builds dynamic new bonds with the city’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and brings exceptional artistic talent form Australia’s emerging, Indigenous and refugee communities to the stage.  In 2017, Igniting Imagination encompasses a range of Festival Ambassadors and for the second time a special closing event, Our Place, Our Home.

“It has been a very great experience as Melbourne Festival ambassador. I like the idea that we get involved, it has been very interesting and I learn a lot from it and I met a lot of people which is always a good thing for an artist”

- Ajak Kwai, 2016 Melbourne Festival Ambassador

The 2017 Festival Ambassadors, Gregory Lorenzutti , Kalyan Ky, Karen Berger , Karen Casey, Lisa Hilli,Nakarin Jaikla, Sun Hee , Mara Sison, Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore andFelix (Ching Ching) Ho are leaders in their artistic practice and represent the changing face of diversity in the arts.

Read the full profiles of the Igniting Imagination 2017 Ambassadors.

Multicultural Arts Victoria has also programmed a free event – Our Place, Our Home on the final day of Melbourne Festival on Sunday 22 October from 1pm-3pm at the MPavilion. a fitting bookend to the Festival’s opening ceremony from the land’s First Peoples, with a multicultural exchange through music and performance.


  • 1pm – Neil Morris: Acknowledgement to Country
  • 1:15pm – Mojo Juju + PICCA choir
  • 1:50pm – Cyprien Kagorora + Rwandan Dancers
  • 2:05pm – Brothers in Arms
  • 2:20pm – Cool Out Sun + Guests
  • 3pm – finish

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