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Mapping Melbourne 2014

December 3, 2014 @ 10:00 am - December 6, 2014 @ 10:00 am

Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV) is thrilled to present Mapping Melbourne 2014, a four day showcase from 3-6 December 2014 of independent contemporary Asian arts celebrating the vibrant influence Asia continues to have on Melbourne’s cultural dynamism.

With over 40 local artists and international artists, this multidisciplinary four-day festival spans art, theatre, music, spoken word, dance and film in the heart of Melbourne.

Mapping Melbourne’s key themes include transformation of identity, engagement with the city and adaptability of culture in today’s world.

Mapping Melbourne is grounded with the ethos of creating exciting new links and presenting challenging work, whilst strengthening arts networks between contemporary independent artists across Asia.

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It aims to strengthen Australia’s deep and broad relationships across the region at every level. These links need to be social and cultural as much as they are political and economic. Improving people-to-people links can unlock large economic and social gains.

Art enables us to learn about each other in creative and expressive ways that contributes significantly to greater understanding and respect for each other.

Mapping Melbourne launched last year stemming from Multicultural Arts Victoria’s long-term engagement with arts practice in Asia and Australia.

This has included supporting the development and creation of two international art festivals with Australian and Asian art practitioners in Malaysia and Indonesia: MAPFest (Melaka, Malaysia) and Arts Island Festival (Java and Bali, Indonesia) driven by Tony Yap (Tony Yap Company, Australia/Malaysia), E Plus Entertainment (Malaysia) and Agung Gunawan (Indonesia).

Building on the new networks and challenging works developed, MAV launched Mapping Melbourne to begin creating, playing and making independent contemporary work visible in Melbourne.

Mapping Melbourne is also about raising awareness of Australian-Asia art and culture and creating a network for Melbourne’s place in the Asia region.

For both the Australian artists and international artists Mapping Melbourne creates a unique opportunity for creative discourse on identity and diversity and provides Melbourne with the opportunity to show leadership in the way we value, interact and view Asia.

The program kicks off on Wednesday 3 December, 8pm at Shebeen with In Between Sounds, fresh from a sold out premiere performance at the 2014 Darwin Festival.

In Between Sounds

Wednesday 3 December, 8pm (Doors open at 7:30pm) – 10pm
Shebeen, 36 Manchester Lane, Melbourne
Tickets: $15 + bf shebeenbandroom.ticketscout.com.au/gigs/3109/InBetweenSounds

Experience potent and powerful hip hop from Chinese-Australian MC and spoken word artist Joelistics (aka Joel Ma of TZU) and Filipino-Dutch-Australian producer/songwriter James Mangohig of Sietta as they explore the sound-track of their mixed heritage.

The duo weave songs and stories which span the music of mixed race families, the songs of modern Australia and the politics of belonging.

In Between Sounds (James Mangohig of Sietta and Joelistics)

On the second night of Mapping Melbourne, from 9pm at Ding Dong Lounge, audiences better get ready for an experience like no other!

Rom Ding Dong

Thursday 4 December, 9pm-1am
Ding Dong Lounge, 18 Market Lane, Melbourne
Tickets: $15 + booking fee

Rom Ding Dong will span the psychedelic rock and jungle big beats of the Cambodian Space Project; all the glitz and glamour of the Siem Reap Lady Boy Show who will be performing for the first time in Australia; supported three piece local girl group Empat Lima mixing sounds from traditional Japanese epics to dreamy Indonesian pop and Osaka neon.

The Cambodian Space Project

Empat Lima

Siem Reap Lady Boy Show

Traces of Transformation

Friday 5 December, 5pm-8pm
State Library of Victoria, Forecourt (across five sites)

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On Friday 5 December from 5-8pm, the State Library of Victoria’s forecourt will become an artist’s playground for Traces of Transformation, a presentation of fresh, spontaneous and innovative performance works around the theme of transformation.

Developed by Creative Director Tony Yap, the diverse works by 17 local and international independent artists are inspired by personal narratives and interdisciplinary art practice offering audiences an opportunity to engage with unique contemporary site-specific performance.

Jill Orr

Mongolian Bling

Friday 5 December, 9pm-11pm
Testing Ground, 1-23 City Rd, Southbank

This will be followed by a free moonlight screening of Benj Binks’ feature length documentary Mongolian Bling at Testing Ground from 9pm-11pm.

Drinks will be available from the Testing Ground bar all night together with some of Melbourne’s favourite food trucks including Indivan (South Indian cuisine) and Ghost Kitchen (fusion Taiwanese).

Zorigtbaatar. traditional shaman, photo by Benj Binks

Common Ground

Saturday 6 December, 2pm-4pm
Library at the Docks, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands

On Saturday 6 December from 2-4pm at Library at the Docks, poets will transform their papered confessions into spoken word, presenting Common Ground, an inter-faith spoken word performance exploring the role faith and identity play in our everyday.

The showcase will be the result of 8 weeks of workshops produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria, guided under resident facilitators L-FRESH the LION, Abdul Hammoud and guests Michelle Dabrowksi, Ebony MonCrief, Candice Monique and Joel McKerrow.


City Sessions Freestyle Dance Battle Grand Final

Saturday 6 December, 2pm-5pm
Section 8, 27-29 Tattersalls Lane, Melbourne

On the same day from 2-5pm, Australia’s finest freestyle artists will battle in Australia’s largest freestyle arts event! Held at Section 8, City Sessions Freestyle Dance Battle Grand Final will feature a crowd-judged 2 VS 2 dance battle as well as emcee, street art and DJ performances and battles.

City Sessions is presented by the Freestyle Dance Academy, led by Filipino Australian Efren Pamilacan and Indian Australians Sid Mathur and Nish Mathur, who host dance programs to inspire Melbourne’s youth and embrace the challenges of life with spontaneity and confidence.

City Sessions

Paper Culture

Projections: 3 December, 10am-4pm at RMIT Design Hub, 150 Victoria St, Carlton
Exhibition: 3-9 December, 11am-5pm at Space@Collins, Level 1, 278 Collins St, CBD

Sticky Fingers Art Prints Cambodia

3-9 December, 10am-4pm Space@Collins, Level 1, 278 Collins St, CBD

Mapping Melbourne 2014 also features three major exhibitions and special projections featuring newly-made works, some never shown before in Australia.

L-R: Philip Faulks, In your Secret Life 2013, Cut Paper, 140 x 160cm; Zhou Yunhua, 2002; Zhou Bing

3-9 December Space@Collins will host two exhibitions: Paper Culture spanning an intricate and innovative range of paper cuts by Master Zhou Yunhua and his son Zhou Bing from China, in collaboration with Melbourne artist Philip Faulks, alongside the iconic 60s inspired prints by Sticky Fingers Art Prints Cambodia featuring a series on Dara Puspita, one of the most famous girl bands to come out of South East Asia in the 1960s.

Swimming in Sand; Growing Rice Under an Umbrella

Curated by Anita Archer and Roger Nelson
25 November – 7 December, Tue-Sat: 10am-4pm; Sun: 12noon-5pm

No Vacancy Gallery, 34-40 Jane Bell Lane, CBD

L-R: Khvay Samnang with Nget Rady, Where is my land 2014, chromogenic print on archival paper, 80 x 120 cm; Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Seascape 2011, oil on canvas and various frames, 228.5 x 228.5 cm

25 November to 7 December: Curated by Anita Archer and Roger Nelson, Swimming in Sand; Growing Rice under an Umbrella presents a new generation of leading contemporary artists from South-East Asia including Alfredo and Isabel Aquilzan (Philippines), Khvay Samnang with dancer Nget Rady (Cambodia), and Piyarat Piyapongwiwat (Thailand).

Download Catalogue for Swimming in Sand; Growing Rice Under an Umbrella.

Shadows on The Wall

3-6 December, 24hrs
Dark Horse Experiment, 110 Franklin St, CBD

Shadows on the Wall

3-6 December, Dark Horse Experiment will host the projection of Shadows on the Wall (video insights) from a unique creative development between Australian artists Cake Industries and Indonesian artists RM Altiyanto Henryawan and Bimo Suryojati, utilising heritage, technology, Javanese dance, robotics, light and shadows.

Mangetsu Night

Saturday 6 December, from 6pm
Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale St. Melbourne

The official closing event, Mangetsu Night will start from 6pm on Saturday 6 December and is hosted by Horse Bazaar which means there will be incredible food, art, music, performances and most likely a little bit of mayhem! Owner Takako Enomoto has pulled together a huge line-up including experimental band Umbilical Tentacle with Yuka Discobeans; “Wankoslop” live performance with Adam Hatsu-shin; Break DJ Tofu, Kings Only Crew, jam session with Melbourne-based hip hop pioneer Elf Tranzporter and violinist Elle Shimada, and Japanese Breakcore/Raggacore artist Ove-NaXx.

The night will also feature the last performance in Australia by the Siem Reap Lady Boys! We recommend coming with an appetite to experience the insanely delicious organic Japanese Izakaya style menu (vegan and vegetarian-friendly), with FREE dumplings and massages from 6-7pm!

DJ Tofu

Mangestu Night

Saturday 6 December, 6pm-1am
Horse Bazaar, 397 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne

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Jade Ouk, Marketing & Communications Officer, Multicultural Arts Victoria
marketing@multiculturalarts.com.au / T +613 9188 3681 / +61 434 633 430
Meg Larkin, Creative Producer, Multicultural Arts Victoria
programs@multiculturalarts.com.au / T +613 9188 3681


December 3, 2014 @ 10:00 am
December 6, 2014 @ 10:00 am