Teame Ersie, Ethiopian circus contortion, Emerge in Wyndham 2013, photo by DWV Photography - web

Emerge is Multicultural Arts Victoria’s innovative Community Cultural Development (CCD) program for culturally and linguistically diverse emerging and refugee artists and communities in Victoria – to play a pivotal role in reflecting and articulating community ideals, identity and talent from these currently under-represented parts of Victoria’s cultural life.

It is an ongoing response by MAV to community consultations with emerging and refugee communities that have identified the need for increased participation and opportunities in the arts. Emerge responds directly to those needs by providing ongoing Cultural Leadership programs and major performance/exhibition outcomes through the Emerge festivals. Discovery of new talent, art industry skills/career development and strengthening community capacity across Victoria is the focus of Emerge.

Many artists MAV works with are from communities that have come from war and trauma in their homeland. Celebrating these cultures with the wider Australian community enhances a real sense of a new beginning and cohesive cultural pride. Through the process of cultural development, the arts also builds discourse and greater understanding of issues surrounding refugee migration and resettlement alongside increasing the social and economic contributions from our diverse communities to wider society.