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October 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

$10 – $15

Multicultural Arts Victoria and Immigration Museum present GENERATIONS – a new multi-generational, multi-artform, multi-perspective festival exploring new ways of belonging.

Artists from multicultural backgrounds unite for a day of dynamic artistic exchange, performance and discourse, in creative pursuit of a future worth sharing.

Our far-ranging line-up includes Adrian Eagle, an inter-generational panel discussion led by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Iaki Vallejo & Evolution, Chinese Square Dancers, OPEN JAM ‘Καφενειο’, Allara Pattison, Melbourne Spoken Word, Vasa Pasifika, Nela Trifkovic & MIRAZ, Jonathan Homsey, Australian Multilingual Writing Project, Miream Salameh, L2R, Voice for Change featuring Next Gen, Ror, MoMO & Thando, Story IS Connection, Joshinder Chaggar, Assembly, and the Hadrami Community.

A myriad of creative explorations, spoken word and participatory dance unfurling across the day.

Food available at reasonable prices from Tastes of Senegal and the Hmong Community Stall. There will be plenty of vegetarian & halal options.

26 Oct 2019 11am-5pm
Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street, Melbourne

Book tickets via Immigration Museum

Full: $15 | Concession: $13 | Museum Victoria Members: $10
Children enter free.


Program and Artist Information

Maxine Beneba Clarke leads an inter-generational panel of diverse artists, Leah Jing McIntosh, thandoMama Alto who consider the role and influence of those who’ve come before and those who follow, in their work and culture.

Culture can be a powerful connector, affording communities social, cultural and economic benefits. Situated as they are – at the threshold of past, present and future – artists are powerful creative forces in continuing, remaking and challenging cultural and community practices.

Hear how these artists found their voices within their own communities and Australian society at large, and how they shape the future they want to see.

Maxine Beneba Clarke is the author of the ABIA and Indie award winning short fiction collection Foreign Soil, the critically acclaimed memoir The Hate Race, the poetry collection Carrying The World, which won the 2016 Victorian Premiers Award for Poetry, and several picture books, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book Prize winning The Patchwork Bike. She is the editor of Best Australian Stories 2017, and Growing Up African in Australia, and Poet Laureate for The Saturday Paper.

11 AM at the Long Room

Allara Briggs Pattison is a Yorta Yorta, musician, composer, filmmaker, Wayapa Wuurrk-er and climate justice activist.

Lose yourself in a swirl of sound as one woman creates a sweet tangle of double bass and looped tones. Allara’s emotive compositions resonate with dark frequencies and soaring melodies creating a truly unique sound. Reflecting on a journey through her own deepest passions instrumentally and via her word smith skills and smooth earthy vocals, there is an empowering thematic exploration of culture, spirituality, and the environment.

12.50 PM at the Long Room


Renowned soul and RnB singer-songwriter Adrian Eagle has garnered widespread for his musicl and has toured with the legendary Hilltop Hoods and won Best New Artist at the SA Music Awards. Adrian’s music is a vibrant slice of street gospel, classic rap drums, and his stirring trademark vocal delivery, and reflects changes in Adrian’s outlook on life after conquering his own demons through the power of music, dignity and mindfulness. An outlier in today’s modern music industry, Adrian is finding success in being himself, and embracing his honesty and vulnerability.

“Armed with an imitable voice, a tireless work ethic, stunning performance style, and mesmerising lyrics, it’s no secret that he’s set to be one of Australia’s biggest artists in no time.”– Tone Deaf

4.30 PM at the Courtyard Stage

Image credit: Adrian Eagle. Photo by Clare Nica.

The Australian Multilingual Writing Project (AMWP) is a free online journal that publishes local multilingual creative writing. In ‘Generations’ AMWP will present a live performance by artists who have contributed to the journal. They will present multilingual works that address the transmission of language through generations, the relationships with family and heritage that are embedded in language use and language loss, and the way that heritage languages interact with contemporary migrant identities.

Artists include: Nadia Niaz; Gabriela Georges; Grace Feng Fang Juan; Vanessa Giron; Sumudu Samarawickrama; Maria Takolander; Lesh Karan; and Ana Maria Gomides

This event asks the audience to bear witness to the multiplicity that is our collective heritage.

12.40 PM at the Discovery Centre

Assembly is an innovative cross-cultural collaboration brought together 10 high-calibre Victorian musicians from a range of disciplines to create a new work in celebration of Cultural Diversity Week this year. The composition is co-written by the group and embedded in the theme of Indigenous Australian ceremonies of re-generation/re-birth/re-creation.  Featured musicians: Arik Blum (director/synths), Sean Ryan (yidarki), Ayesha Mehta (vocals), Jacob Papadopoulos (bazouki), Ysk Lightspeed Chamber (guitar), Toofan Toghyani (daf/percussion), Jay Dabgar (tabla), Gelareh Pour (kamancheh), Amadou Suso (kora), and Ria Soemardjo (vocals).

12.20 PM at the Courtyard Stage

Image credit: Assembly. Photo by Jorge de Araujo

With roots in ancient Chinese history, China’s plaza or square dancing has been developing over millennia. Due to its ease of participation, social and health benefits, it is said to have over 100 million practitioners worldwide, and is practised daily at Melbourne Museum’s own plaza. 

Suitable for all ages, join Chinese Square Dancers for a participative group lesson and interactive dance routine. 

11.30 AM at the Courtyard 


EVOLUTION with Iaki Vallejo, David Marama and Kathleen Gonzalez
Iaki Vallejo presents a special performance featuring two powerful artists’ collaboration: Kathleen Gonzalez, Colombian contemporary ethno-dancer; and David Marama African guitarist, singer and composer; supported by Iaki’s 6-piece band. 

Together the three will showcase unity, diversity, peace, courage and strength from three generations of emigrants. After leaving home, arriving in Australia to experience the consequences of a new identity and exploring the evolution of each one’s uniqueness in a different home; a new home. Music, dance and spoken word will be the expressions of this remarkable collaboration.

1.20 PM at the Courtyard Stage

Image credit: Iaki Vallejo. Photo by Nelson Gomez

Fragments and Remnants (FAR) delves into how allegories and cultural information can be interpreted into a variety of stories and scenarios. Jonathan Homsey only knew about his Syrian heritage after his father died; he discovered his ancestry is from the village of Homs and Aleppo for many generations. FAR is his platform for self-discovery about his Father’s Syrian Heritage and his ancestor’s migration to America during the Great Depression. FAR is a performative ritual across multiple spaces for which he aims to find empathy for the destruction of his ancestral cities of Homs and Aleppo. This performance series takes over this venue through short vignettes across four hours, emulating how he has collected his history. With his Father passing when he was 19, he is getting fragments of stories which he is piecing together bit by bit. FAR is about these artefacts and his artistic responses to them as he connects holes in my intergenerational migration narrative.


“An exploration of ‘Just Being’; of belonging wherever I am, of adapting, of being a witness. Over two hours, I will explore elements of the dancing Indian peacock, the courtship dance of the Nigerian black crowned crane, the laughing Australian Kookaburra, the feisty Karachi crow, and the migratory bird – the Swallow. Combining these personalities, I will be exploring a hybrid bird. This will be reflected in the body language as well as in the costume. Though I have performed ‘Bird’ several times before, this new development in ‘Bird’ is to make it a hybrid bird, a reflection of all the countries I have lived in. Plus the element of the ‘Swallow’, to reflect the continuous change and migration that takes place in our lives.” – 
Joshinder Chaggar

11.30 AM to 1.30 PM

Image credit: Joshinder Chaggar. Photo by Damian W Vincenzi.

L2R BELIEVES IN ONE LANGUAGE … DANCE! They believe dance has the power to breakdown social barriers and create meaningful connections for children and young people experiencing financial or social challenges. L2R Dance is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to harnessing the power of hip-hop to strengthen our community through belonging, well being and leadership in the Arts.

12.40 PM & 2.05 PM at the Courtyard



MIRAZ (dowry, heritage in Bosnian) is music, poetry and cultural ritual from Bosnian and Sephardic Jewish cultures from Bosnia and Herzegovina, curated and conceptualised by Nela Trifkovic. 

This is an intimate and theatrical event, featuring a multi-generational line up of professional artists and community performers. The event is led by Nela’s ensemble SARAY ILUMINADO whose performances serve as a bedrock for the whole event, and features the poet Aisha Hadžiahmetovic, and the children from the Bosnian folk dance group DUKAT (doubloon in Bosnian), and projections by artist Elmedin Zunic.

3 PM at the Long Room

Image credit: Saray Iluminado.

“When I was a child in my homeland “Syria” I used to see my mother sitting for hours knitting and making new clothes for me and my two brothers from our old ones that we were not able to wear any more. Now when I had to flee my homeland, and when I remember my mother doing this, I feel that I am home again. I recognise that her knitting was not just a knitting itself, but it was a behaviour full of love, care, attention, tenderness and warmth. It is that nurturing that makes you feel at home. Also, the knitting was, for my mother, confronting and resisting the challenges that our family experienced in life, through drawing a smile on the faces of her children.” – Miream Salameh

The performance “Knitting a Home” is considered as a symbol of the strong connected relation between each other as human beings, the strong relation between us and the things that we deal with in our daily life, and the strong connected relation between us and places and lands. The relations that make any place we have being in, a home. This performance is an invitation to all of us to reknit this relation.

1.30 PM & 3.30 PM at Leaving Home

Image credit: Miream Salameh

OPEN JAM ‘Καφενειο’
Open Jam ‘Καφενειο’ presents a journey from the shores of Crete, Greece to the urban streets of Melbourne, a wonderful fusion of traditional music in a contemporary style. Featuring some of the best musicians performing together creating an energetic rhythmic live performance. Dynamic in content and delivery, unashamedly contemporary and experiential, created for diverse audiences and enhancing both the artists’ and this unique style of music.

Musicians include; Byron Triandafyllides (acclaimed multi-instrumentalist & vocalist), George Sklavos (percussive artist & Kahon player), Ioannis Pollakis (vocalist & Cretan Lyra player), Luke Koszanski (award winning electric guitarist) and Tony Illiou (versatile award winning Lute & Mandolin player).

2.40 PM at the Courtyard Stage

Together, Peti and Fipe will bring to the Immigration Museum ‘Vasa Pasifika’. Combing traditional and contemporary performance, celebrating Mana Wahine and the Pacific Waters that connect us, that flow through us and bring us together in the 21st century.

Peti Waretini is a Visual Artist, Creative Therapist and Co-producer of Awa Wahine. She pens the collective experience in her writing, poetry and songs and her passion is bringing awareness to our natural cyclic rhythms and creativity as a self-healing practise. She intertwines her Maori roots through every practise, engagement and pathway she walks.

Fipe Preuss is a proud Samoan/German (NZ) Performing Artist, Storyteller through movement and Professional Fire Dancer. She blends a strong creative spirit with a passion for creating platforms for others lights to shine. Fipe is a beast on stage mixing elements of fire, movement, culture and humour.

2 PM at the Long Room

Image credit: Fipe Preuss. Photo by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea.

Voice For Change is about connectivity, inclusion, acceptance, overcoming adversity and harnessing the power of music to impact and positively influence and change lives. These aspiring teens from Melton, St Albans and Tarneit schools have garnered over 58,000 video views for the ‘BE’ video clip. The passion, commitment and willingness of these young VFC Next Gen talents shines as a positive message for the world; one they look forward to presenting for ‘Generations’ at Immigration Museum when they join forces with Thando, RorDJ Julian Steel and MC MoMO Komba to continue their inspirational performance journey.

VFC Next Gen have  performed at the 2019 Australian Open – AO Live Stage, National Gallery of Victoria, Cultural Diversity Festival at Federation Square and more.

3.50 PM at the Courtyard Stage

Image credit: Voice for Change. Photo by Mushroom Creative House.


October 26, 2019
11:00 am - 5:00 pm