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Emerge in the West

May 20, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) and the City of Maribyrnong presents the seventh edition of Emerge in the West 2017, an exciting day festival of FREE multi-artform programming and community engagement on Saturday 20th of May 2017.  Held on Footscray’s iconic Nicholson Street the festival encompasses a range of live music, contemporary and traditional dance, community programs, global fashion, pool competitions, children’s workshops/activities and artistic collaborations.

The MAV EMERGE program is MAV’s ongoing response to consultations with emerging & refugee communities wanting to increase participation in the arts.  Through the process of community cultural development, the arts build discourse and understanding of issues surrounding refugee migration and resettlement alongside increasing the social and economic contributions from our diverse communities to wider society.

Emerge in the West in the City of Maribyrnong reveals emerging African and Vietnamese arts, culture and small businesses that have been growing rapidly in Melbourne’s West. Founded in 2011, this annual Emerge event triggered the foundation of the African-Australian Small Business Association (AASBA) in 2014 to represent the growing number of African restaurants and cafes in Melbourne’s West.


Nhatty Man & Gara: A household name in Ethiopia and around the worldwide diaspora, Nhatty Man and his band Gara are emerging as one of the most energetic acts to hit Australian stages. Nhatty was nominated at the first East African Music Awards, where he performed alongside Congolese legend Papa Wemba, Burundian star Kidum and Kenyan pop singer Jaguar. He was the first Horn of Africa artist to perform on Big Brother Amplified in South Africa, which was broadcast across the continent. Since relocating to Melbourne in 2014, Nhatty has performed New Year’s Eve at Fed Square, collaborated with new sounds and rhythms from Colombia to Mauritius and released Selam, an EP combining Ethiopian roots and reggae with conscious lyrics in Amharic and English.

One Spirit Africa Drum & Dance Company: One Spirit is led by Fred Nii Kpakpo Addo, a well-known Ghanaian master dancer, drummer and choreographer now living in Melbourne. He is also a multi-instrumentalist with over 24 years’ experience in performance and has toured in Sweden, Israel, 22 states of the United States of America and many African countries. In addition, he has worked with huge dance companies such as Nokoba Dance Company, Kusum Ensemble and the Anunyam Traditional Music and Dance Troupe.

One Spirit are an independent group dedicated to promoting and sharing the music and culture of West Africa through drumming classes, workshops, study tours and performances for all events and activities in and around Melbourne.

Sonik Waves: Sonik Waves is a Mauritian Cultural Band based in Melbourne with all band members hailing from Mauritius. Sonik Waves plays Traditional Mauritian Music the Sega and perform Island Styles music such as Seggae, Maloya, Moutia, Reggae, Zook and Calypso.  In 2012 Judex Rose and Hanley Lebon decided to create a new platform to showcase Island style international artists in Australia. In 2015, Sonik Waves’ Judex Rose single “L’amour li Fou” featuring Anne Sophie Paul was voted Music Video of the year in Mauritius.

The festival program will also feature:

All You Can Spit (MC project), RKM Global Fashion Show, Phoenix Youth FReeZA program, Abyssinian Circus Group, Panaruu Dancing Group (South Sudanese) Asylum Seeker Resource Centre performances and Winter Craft Market, Melbourne Academy of Performing Arts dancers, face painting, Cultural Walking tours with AASBA and many more stalls, workshops and performances throughout the day.


Title: Emerge in the West 2017

Date: Saturday 20 May 2017

Time: 12.30pm – 7.00pm


Nicholson Street, Footscray

Emerge in the West 2017 is supported by the City of Maribyrnong and Festival City, Australia Council for the Arts VU at Metro West, Creative Victoria, AASBA, FABA

More details please view festival program.

A5 EITW poster P01v1


May 20, 2017
12:30 pm - 7:00 pm