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Emerge in Yarra 2016: festival overview

June 18, 2016 - July 25, 2016

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents
18-25 June 2016

Commemorating World Refugee Week and celebrating the artistic and cultural diversity of Yarra

Emerge in Yarra presents a week long festival spanning a multitude of workshops, theatre performances, cooking demonstrations, live music, storytelling, spoken word, comedy and conversations.

Founded in 2004 as a platform for artists in MAV’s Visible Music Mentoring Program, the festival has since grown to encompass talented artists from refugee and emerging communities across the city, diverse art forms, new collaborations and commissioned works. The festival is timed to coincide with the United Nations World Refugee Day and Refugee Week and celebrates the ever-expanding contributions artists from all sectors of our diverse society have made in building Melbourne’s unique creative landscape and the cultural fabric of Victoria.

Emerge in Yarra takes place on the traditional lands of the Wurrundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to elders past and present and recognize their continuing spiritual, physical and cultural connection to the land.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT (click event name for details):

Saturday 18 June, 3pm-5pm
Slow Stylin’
Tote bag making workshop, sustainable fashion talk and special performance by Amir Kaveh.
The Social Studio, 128 Smith St, Collingwood
$15 full / $10 conc (slowstylin.eventbrite.com.au)

Sunday 19 June* – Saturday 25 June
*Exhibition opening: Sunday 19 June, 5pm

Zohreh Izadikia at The Ownership Project
Exhibition by Iranian painter incorporating traditional Persian designs with realistic scenes depicting displacement and loss
The Ownership Project, 1/110 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Monday 20 June, 7pm
Cookin Up Community with Jaime Wilson-Ramirez
Storytelling, theatre and cooking demonstration of Chilean delicacy
Atherton Gardens Community Kitchen, 125 Napier St, Fitzroy
$15 full / $10 conc (emergejaimeramirez.eventbrite.com.au)

Monday 20 June & Wednesday 22 June, 6.30pm
Future Us
Projection / video art by local Yarra youth from Cubbies and LiveWires
Atherton Gardens Housing Estate, 125 Napier St, Fitzroy

Tuesday 21 June, 7pm
Amataga O Le Alofa
Theatre, Music and Storytelling by Melbourne’s Samoan community
Richmond Theatrette, 415 Church St, Richmond
$15 full / $10 conc (amatagaolealofa.eventbrite.com.au)

Wednesday 22 June, 7pm
Refugee Week: An Interactive Performance
Presented by Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria & Melbourne Playback Theatre
Fitzroy Town Hall, Reading Room, 201 Napier St, Fitzroy
FREE (but bookings required: eccvrefugeeweek.eventbrite.com.au)

Wednesday 22 June, 7pm
Cookin’ Up Community with Abe Nouk & Ajak Kwai
Storytelling, theatre and cooking demonstration of South Sudanese delicacy
Atherton Gardens Community Kitchen, 125 Napier St, Fitzroy
$15 full / $10 conc (emergeabeajak.eventbrite.com.au)

Thursday 23 June, 7pm
Common Ground
Interfaith spoken word and improvised music
Richmond Theatrette, 415 Church St, Richmond
$15 full / $10 conc (emergecommonground.eventbrite.com.au)

Friday 24 June, 7pm
Emerge in Yarra Comedy Gala
Featuring comedians Shannan Lim & Vidya Rajan, Shiralee Hood, Dilruk Jayasinha, Sami Shah
Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Rd, Richmond
$15 full / $10 conc (emergecomedygala.eventbrite.com.au)

Saturday 25 June, 7.30pm
Nhatty Man & Gara – Selam album launch
Music, dance and circus by talented artists from Melbourne’s Ethiopian, Iranian and Senegambian communities
Melba Speigeltent, 35 Johnson St, Collingwood
$10 general admission (nhattymanandgara.eventbrite.com.au)

Supported by Creative Victoria, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Australia Council for the Arts, City of Yarra, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria,  Melbourne Playback Theatre, PBS, The Ownership Project, The Social Studio, Cultivating Community, PICAA, and The Neighbourhood Justice Centre


June 18, 2016
July 25, 2016