Melbourne Festival Ambassadors

“The Ambassador program is a wonderful way to unite with our local and international artists, hear and see new ideas, and develop connections with fellow ambassadors and our
respective communities.”
– Nilusha Dassenaike, 2014 Melbourne Festival Ambassador

Multicultural Arts Victoria joins force with Melbourne Festival for the 7th year in a row to present Igniting Imagination: a partnership project that activates our global networks and builds dynamic bonds with our culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

The 2017 Festival Ambassadors are: Gregory Lorenzutti , Kalyan Ky, Karen Berger , Karen Casey, Nakarin Jaikla , Sun Hee , Mara Sison, Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore, Lisa Hilli and Felix (Ching Ching) Ho.

Read the full profiles of the Igniting Imagination 2017 Ambassador Profiles.


MTC CONNECT Ambassadors

“I’m passionate about the role of theatre in creating cultural dialogue. I think this is a great opportunity to connect artists from diverse backgrounds to create culture that reflects our reality and explores more possibilities. I strongly believe that theatre is a place where justice and redemption could be found. It’s a refuge and a place that allow us to dream and create our own vision for the future, a vision that could reflect who we are and what we will become. I hope that through my artistic experience and collaboration with fellow artists, we could bring about an additional dimension to the theatre scene in Melbourne.”
– Majid Shokor, former MTC CONNECT Ambassador

MTC CONNECT began in 2013 as a partnership between Multicultural Arts Victoria and the Melbourne Theatre Company that was established to broaden the range of voices informing Melbourne Theatre Company’s theatre making and programming processes. It is part of MTC’s long-term goal to reflect Melbourne’s cultural diversity and the program is the first of its kind for an Australian state theatre company. MTC CONNECT is a tailored program where eleven theatre artists of diverse cultural backgrounds act as cultural and artistic ambassadors, advocates and facilitators between MTC and their communities.

The 2017 Ambassadors are:
Samah Sabawi
Suhasini Seelin
Shannan Lim
Vidya Rajan
Wahibe Moussa

Download the 2017 MTC Connect Ambassador Profiles.