“We hope to learn from and create greater awareness and understanding of Australia’s First People and issues surrounding the Stolen Generation through the artists’ sharing of their intimate stories – passionately and wisely through theatre, song or other artforms. Their work has the capacity to challenge and inspire us all towards hope and reconciliation, and for us all to build a future together”
– Jill Morgan AM, CEO of Multicultural Arts Victoria
Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) pays its respects to all First People past and present and recognises their continuing spiritual connection to the land. A core component of MAV’s community engagement is with the Indigenous communities in Victoria and is dedicated to continuing to build and strengthen its relationships with Australia’s First People.
The visionary realm of talent from these communities is embedded in all of MAV’s programs. Since 2004, MAV has developed with the Warrior Spirit Collective the specific programs Black Harmony Gathering and Black Harmony Forum (p19), created to enlighten society of how the traditional owners of Australia feel and to empower the warrior within each of us as inspired by Richard Frankland. Each year, in addition to working closely with the Warrior Spirit Collective, MAV engages an indigenous trainee to be part of the Black Harmony project team. In 2015, MAV welcomes Diva Hurne, on a 12 month placement at MAV funded through AFL SportsReady’s ArtsReady School-based Traineeship program and Calca Nioka Edwards Marks.
In 2015, MAV is also advocating for a Regional Victoria touring showcase of Dave Arden’s 70 minute original songbook / moving image / photography and spoken word show on his dual Gunditjmara/Kokatha heritage; and Chinese/Indigenous Australian Joel Ma and Filipino Australian James Mangohig’s ‘In Between Sounds’ 90 minute theatre / hip hop / spoken word production exploring contemporary intercultural identity in Australia.