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Emerge in Yarra 2017

June 29, 2017 - July 8, 2017

$10 – $20

A celebration of Yarra’s diverse arts and culture

Emerge in Yarra will ignite the cultural landscape of Melbourne’s inner north with a vibrant multi arts program taking place from June 29 – July 8. Now in its fourteenth year, Emerge in Yarra will continue a long tradition of unearthing and celebrating amazing new creative talents from Melbourne’s emerging refugee and culturally diverse communities. With 10 events over 10 days following Refugee Week, the festival will include commissioned works and new collaborations across visual arts, multimedia, theatre, dance, music, storytelling, spoken word, poetry and more.

The festival will officially launch on June 30 with Submerge, an immersive, subterranean arts experience featuring multimedia projection work by African Australian artists Guled Abdulwasi and Aysha Tufa, electronic soundscapes by Film School, and spoken word by Common Ground artists.

A festival favourite, Cookin’ Up Community will see artists and creative entrepeneurs, Neda Rahmani with Saba Alemayoh, and Jaime Wilson – Ramirez with Oscar Jiminez, collaborate over two sessions on July 4 and 5, to cook up a feast of music, songs, stories and cuisine from distant homelands.

Emerge in Yarra will feature two stunning contemporary visual arts exhibitions from respected Kurdish Australian artist Rushdi Anwar, and collaborators I-Yen Chen and Yumemi Kiraki, will evoke themes of home and history, both remembered and forgotten.

For music lovers, the Black Orchid Stringband will continue the legacy of legendary West Papuan musicologist Arnold Ap with their debut album launch on July 1. The Visible Project Showcase on July 2 will launch some fine new music by upcoming artists who have participated in MAV’s Visible Music Mentoring Program including: Neil Morris, Semina, Kaiit Waup, Cyprien Kagorora and Koraly Dimitriadis.
For musicians who want to hone their business skills, the B4U Play Forum on July 1 will be a great chance to network and hear from industry experts, while the Campfire Stories: Arise will be a relaxed and intimate evening on July 4 with storytelling and spoken word from around the globe.

The festival will culminate on July 7 with a captivating new work, Osono, created by Our Culture, fusing West African and First Nations traditions of music, dance, theatre and storytelling, exploring the journey from grief and loss, to unity and celebration.


Thursday 29 June – Sunday 9 July FREE
Exhibition Opening: Thursday 29 June 7pm – 9pm. Gallery Hours: Tues – Sun 11am – 5pm
@ The Ownership Project, Level 1/110 Johnston St, Fitzroy
This collaborative exhibition between I-yen Chen and Yumemi Hiraki, attempts to convey the grand scale of history through a soft and creative language. Both Hiraki’s grandmother and Chen’s grandfathers shared a repertoire of certain Japanese songs, and this invisible yet entangled family relationship guides the curiosity and playfulness of this project. Visitors will be invited to experience history and join the artists for tea and a chat around the kotatsu, set amidst spatial installations that represent a ‘home setting’.


Friday 30 June, 7pm – 10pm FREE
@ Collingwood Underground Theatre, 44 Harmsworth St, Collingwood
Explore Yarra’s underground terrain in this nocturnal multimedia art experience, reflecting contrasts in our modern metropolis. Featuring: installation and projection artwork Irraa Deebi’uu by Guled Abdulwasi and Aysha Tufa that explores the repetition of everyday life and questions the human drive for stability and security; music by Film School (electronica and traditional instruments); and poetry and spoken word by Common Ground project artists.


Saturday 1 July, 6 – 10pm
@ The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston St, Collingwood
Tickets: Presale $10 entry/ $15 with meal. Door Sales $15 entry/ $20 with meal + BF.

Come and celebrate the launch of the Black Orchid String Band debut album at the beautiful Melba Spiegletent and share in a feast of West Papuan music, culture and specially prepared traditional dishes. The Black Orchid Stringband is a collective of West Papuan musicians, activists and freedom fighters now living in Melbourne, who continue the legacy of legendary musicologist Arnold Ap and keep the struggle for West Papua’s independence alive. The band weaves together traditional bass, ukulele, tifa and vocal harmonies, with West Papuan dialects, traditional folklore and creation myths, to represent the spirit of national unity for freedom.

Sunday 2 July, 5-6pm FREE
@ Grumpy’s Green, 125 Smith St, Fitzroy

In partnership with Music Victoria, this is the second in a series of free capacity-building workshops for emerging Victorian musicians that will focus on what an artist needs to do to get gigs in Australia’s dynamic musical landscape. Guest speakers Lewis Cancutt (DJ) & Bob Knob (Hope St Studios).


Sunday 2 July, 6 – 10.30pm FREE
@ Grumpy’s Green, 125 Smith St, Fitzroy

Come and join us for the launch of the annual Visible album showcasing the eclectic sounds of Melbourne. The Visible Music Mentoring Program pairs emerging artists from refugee and other diverse cultural backgrounds with established artists and producers, to collaborate, exchange ideas and create new songs and film clips that pave a way into the music industry.  Enjoy an afternoon of wicked music, performances and visuals from Neil Morris, Samina, Kaiit Waup, Cyprian Kagorora, poetry by Koraly Dimitriadis and more.

Tuesday 4 July, 7- 9pm FREE
@ Fitzroy Town Hall, Reading Room, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy
Bookings essential: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/campfire-stories-arise-tickets-34903689876

Storytelling has the capacity to nurture understanding and compassion. Listen to stories that enrich and influence Melbourne’s culture. You will be captivated by culturally diverse Victorian storytellers and spoken word artists. Presented by the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.


Tuesday 4 July, 7 – 9.30pm
@ Collingwood Community Kitchen, 253 Hoddle St, Collingwood
Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cookin-up-community-1-tickets-34903256580

Bookings: multiculturalarts.com.au
In this creative culinary collaboration, stories and music flavoured with Neda Rahmani’s Persian and Mauritian roots, will combine with the unique aromas of Ethiopian cuisine crafted by restaurateur Saba Alemayoh.


Wednesday 5 July, 7 – 9.30pm @ Fitzroy Community Food Kitchen, 125 Napier Street Fitzroy
Tickets: $10 concession/$15 full + bf
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/cookin-up-community-2-tickets-34903510339

Chilean theatre director Jaime Wilson-Ramirez and Colombian singer/ songwriter Oscar Jimenez, will cook up a feast of stories, songs and traditional cuisine that evoke nostalgic aromas from distant Latin American homelands.
Set amongst the leafy green community kitchens and gardens within the Collingwood and Atherton Gardens Housing Estates, Cookin’ Up Community is a MAV production, bringing together food, art and stories to set a rich and delicious narrative of a nation built on diversity. And yes, you do get to eat the food at the end!

Friday 7 July, 6.30pm for 7pm start (45min show)
@ Richmond Theatrette, 415 Church St, Richmond
Tickets: $10 conc/ $15 full + bf/ kids under 12 free:


Osono is the first work from Our Culture, a unique collective of West African and Aboriginal Australian dancers and musicians, inspired by their heritage and culture to create performance that explores ancient traditions, colonisation and collective healing. Osono is a journey from grief and loss to unity, post-traumatic growth and celebration. A visually striking, high energy work fusing dance, movement, rhythm and vocals from Aboriginal and West African traditions.


Thursday 22 June – Saturday 8 July
@ Black Cat Gallery, 95 Johnston St, Collingwood FREE
Exhibition Opening: Friday 23 June, 6- 8pm.
Gallery Hours: Wed – Fri 12.30 – 5pm/ Sat 12 – 5pm
Rushdi Anwar’s new body of work in The Patterns of Displacement in Context of ‘Home’, explores issues of displacement due to socio-political persecution, and reveals the difficulties and suffering of individuals who have faced displacement and dislocation. The work manifests as a universal understanding of change, fragility and redemption, and invokes memories and fragments of “Home” that are absent, lost or left behind, signifying both loss of home and the triumph of memory.

Produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV), Emerge provides a platform in different locations around Victoria, to celebrate and acknowledge the important contributions of emerging refugee, culturally diverse and First Nations artists and communities. Emerge in Yarra is an outcome of MAV’s Emerge program which aims to empower and connect artists and communities through culture.

Supported by: Creative Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Yarra, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, Music Victoria, PBSFM, BlackCat Gallery, Cultivating Community, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Collingwood Housing Estate Arts Committee, HRAFF, Moss, UNHCR, The Ministry of Migration and Displaced Iraq

Artwork by Aysha Tufa

For more details: http://multiculturalarts.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/emerge-in-yarra-dl_WEB_FA.pdf