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MATASABURO: Angel of the Wind - by Juro Kara: Free

Don't miss this rare opportunity to see one of the giants of Japanese contemporary theatre, the award-winning Shinjuku Ryozanpaku company. Matasaburo is one of the companies most successful performances, which transposes the myth of Eurydice and Orpheus, the famous Miyazawa Kenji novel of the same name and the true story of a WWII flight engineer who disappears in a stolen postal aircraft, into the story of Erika and Oribe who chase Matasaburo, the mysterious ‘angel of the wind’...more.

21-23 Dec
MAV Christmas Party at Suzuki Night Market

CHRISTMAS PARTY, Multicultural Arts Victoria: Invitation

Join us for a night of fantastic calypso mento music & dance under the stars at the Suzuki Night Market main stage at Queen Victoria Market. Featuring Nicky Bomba with Busta Mento and Brazilian dance & capoeira with The Amazonas. Kris Kringle at 8pm - bring gift under $5. Please RSVP (acceptances only) by 6 Dec...more.

13 Dec 2006
Diafrix (pic by Claudia Sangiorgni)

Do the Right Thing: Free All Ages Gig

Blue skies summer celebration, get the whole city bouncing. Dynamic performers will get the party started with hip-hop, reggae, funk and soul acts, as break-dancers warm up the floor. Do the Right Thing, held on Human Rights Day, includes stunning performances by TZU, Briscoe Sisters and Diafrix, hosted by the infamous Sister She...more.

Connect Youth
10 Dec 2006
Full Tilt (Mix It Up)

3-A Yumi Umiumare, Tony Yap & Bambang Nurcahyadi

The Arts Centre in association with Multicultural Arts Victoria presents 3-A Yumi Umiumare, Tony Yap & Bambang Nurcahyadi, a creative development of visual poetry project inspired from Javanese Wayang story, " Amba, Ambika, and Ambalika " It is a collaboration betwe en visual artist Bambang Nurcahyadi (digital moving images), Yumi Umiumare and Tony Yap (physical movements)...more.

Mix It Up
8 Dec 2006

World AIDS Day

Melbourne World AIDS Day Concert - Free

Come along & support the 3rd Annual Melbourne World AIDS Day Concert, which will feature a great line up of local artists including: Cousin Leonard, Lloyd Spiegel, Liz Stringer, Monica Weightman, Diafrix, Jali Buba Kuyateh with Diya Looloo, Ajak Kwai & band ...more.

26 Nov 2006
Full Tilt (Mix It Up)

The Rice Trilogy

The Arts Centre in association with Multicultural Arts Victoria presents The Rice Trilogy, the Development of a story-telling performance, using film and live performance directed by Christos Linou. Rice is the metaphor for human dispersion and the traditions and rituals shared among over four billion people...more.

Mix It Up
24 Nov 2006

BB06: Six hours, six spaces, six senses (Butoh/Trance Performance)

This year's theme of the Beyond Butoh Festival 2006 (BB06), Sweeping the Dust, brings performers, visual artists and musicians into metaphysical or spiritual interpretations of cleansing. Together within the structures of six sections and in the span of six hours, the artists present and spontaneously create a common poetic theme. Facilitated by Tony Yap & Yumi Umiumare... more

10 Nov 2006

TERRAIN: Multicultural Contemporary Dance Festival

Celebrating contemporary dance by artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, brining attention to the exciting range of artists who make up the Victorian dance landscape. more

11-12 Nov 2006

The Diary of Anne Frank

Direct from seasons in New York, Berlin, Amsterdam and Washington comes the Australian Premiere of this remarkable tour de force music theatre work, The Diary of Anne Frank by Grigori Frid. Described by The Australian as the ‘High Priestess of Harmony’ Xenia Hanusiak takes on the role of Anne Frank...more

8-11 Nov 2006
Our Backyard

Our Backyard: Free concert

See the next big thing in local music! Experience a slice of our diverse local music scene at the final MIX IT UP celebration for 2006. Kicking off at noon the Arts Centre will be pumping with DJs and breaking crews, dub and reggae, contemporary European-influenced cabaret and a colourful, bustling market place! more

Mix It Up
29 Oct 2006


Victorian Seniors Festival Concert: Free Event: All welcome!

Come along and enjoy the concert, featuring a variety of Australian performers from rich & diverse cultural backgrounds with Ajak Kwai, The Australian Chinese Music Ensemble, Filippo Il Fisarmonicista, Dave Arden & Andy Albert & a bollywood/bellydance finale... more

Seniors Festival
2 Oct 2006
Words That Sing

Words That Sing: a Free Program of Poetry And Songs

World Poetry in association with Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Words That Sing. A free program of poetry and songs in a fusion of English and other Languages... more

World Poetry
14 Oct 2006
Meeting Place, Keeping Place

Meeting Place, Keeping Place, a Free Exhibition

Meeting Place, Keeping Place celebrates Victoria’s cultural diversity, and the vitality that different cultures bring to the visual and performing arts. Meeting Place, Keeping Place showcases a fascinating cross-section of established and emerging visual artists whose practice reflects multicultural Victoria...more
Mix It Up
7 Jul - 8 Oct 2006
Ajak Kwai (pic by Bill Poon)

Ajak Kwai

Melbourne based Ajak Kwai performs songs of the timeless musical traditions of her people, the Dinka of Southern Sudan. Her unique vocal style is distinctly Saharan and her deep philosophical and global concerns are expressed in her heartfelt songs of love and hope for her homeland...more
Darwin 12 Aug
Katheine 13 Aug
Tennant Cr 26 Aug
Alice Spgs 2 Sep
Adelaide 15 Sep
Naree Vachandanda

Opposite my House is a Funeral Parlour

A compelling multi-media solo contemporary dance piece. Choreographed and performed by Thai-born dancer, Naree Vachananda, this is a deeply personal performance that explores the Buddhist concept of cyclical life and death, as a contrast to a growing Western paranoia of dying. Described as a ‘brave work, danced with intense focus and hypnotic beauty’...more
Lismore 16 Aug
Perth 19 Aug
Sydney 16 Sep
The Mighty Sparrow (pic by Jeff Buxbaum)

CARIBA! featuring The Mighty Sparrow

For the very first time in Australia, the undisputed "King of the Calypso World" THE MIGHTY SPARROW brings all the excitement, colour & sheer musical exhilaration of Carnival for the biggest soca party this city has ever seen! Supporting is one of Australia’s best talents MC Ru C. L with his Jamaican flavoured R&B hip-hop. Free Foyer activities commence 1pm...more
Read preview, The Age, 31 August 2006.

Mix It Up
10 Sep 2006
Visible album cover: bec from Diafrix (pic by Bill Poon)

VISIBLE: Free Huge Concert & CD Launch

Come face to face with some of the hottest new African talents in town and Melbourne’s best homegrown indigenous performers, as they come together on stage for one electrifying Free show - VISIBLE, at the Arts Centre...more
Visible &
Mix It Up
3 Sep 2006
Los Van Van (pic by Shinichi Takahashi)

VIVE LA FIESTA! with Los Van Van

Direct from Havana, Cuba, for the first time in Australia, Latin Grammy winner Juan Formell and Los Van Van in a soul-stirring Latin concert supported by Melbourne's 'Latin Massive' Labjacd and Arte Kanela Flamenco. Get to the show early for Free Foyer Entertainment and experience the carnival atmosphere of Vive La Fiesta!...more                 Read Los Van Van Preview, The Age, 21 August 2006

Mix It Up
27 Aug 2006

poeSIA: a fusion of poetry and the arts

poeSIA: a fusion of poetry and the arts. Experience a poem or song in English from another language with the same intensity and purpose as it was originally meant. This unique festival inspired and run by World Poetry under the auspices of Multicultural Arts Victoria will show-case poets, translators, musicians and singers of Italian origin performing with peers from other cultures...more
World Poetry
2-29 Jul 2006
Hossam Ramzy

Pulse: Heart: Beat - Hossam Ramzy & Omar Faruk Tebilek with Synergy Percussion

The vibrant ancient sounds of Egypt and the Middle East come together in a pulsating concert featuring the extraordinary Hossam Ramzy (Egypt) and Omar Faruk Tekbilek (Turkey) in collaboration with Sydney’s much-admired Synergy Percussion. ... more
Read concert preview, The Age, 22 July 2006
Mix It Up
23 Jul 2006
Jenny Thomas Trio (pic by Craig Schell)

MUSIC DELI 20th Birthday Celebrations: a Free Event

ABC Music Deli 20th Birthday Celebrations: Experience a SENSATIONAL showcase of Melbourne's best multicultural artists celebrate 20 years of ABC Radio National’s eclectic music program Music Deli broadcasting a diverse range of quality music in Australia; with Paul Petran as MC...more
Read concert preview, The Age, 8 July 2006
Listen to concert, to be boradcast on Music Deli on 28 July 2006, for details see Music Deli Web site
ABC Radio
8 Jul 2006


Arts Victoria Info Session 2006

Don’t miss out on this year’s art funding! Multicultural Arts Victoria invites you to a special information session with grants officers from Arts Victoria, Victorian Multicultural Commission and Local Government (City of Yarra). Find out about their Arts Grants Program 2007...more
19 Jul 2006
Jali Buba Kuyateh (pic by Bill Poon)


Showcasing the culture of our newly arrived artists and refugee and asylum seeker communities. This stunning two week festival is a joyous celebration of the richness of culture and talent from Africa, Afghanistan and Kurdistan that has recently come alive in Melbourne...more
16 Jun - 1 Jul
Fri 16 June 8 - 10pm Festival launch with Story and Song, Fitzroy Town Hall Free
Sat 17 June 12 - 4pm Emerge Soccer Carnivale. Maribyrnong Free
Sun 18 June 12-5pm Emerge Festival Main Event, Fitzroy Town Hall (read festival review, The Age Metro; epicure review, The Age Epicure) Free
Fri 23 June 7.00 -10.30pm Lost Boys of Sudan Fundraiser Screening (read film review, The Age) Tix $20/15
Sat 24 June 2-6pm Emerge Women’s Gathering, Brunswick Town Hall Free
Sat 1 July 6-11.30pm New School Rulez Dance Party, Maribyrnong Secondary College Free (read flyer)
King Marong


King Marong & SAFARA in association with MAV and VMC presents SAMBALA, meaning sending the message in Manding, the main language spoken in The Gambia, Senegambia and Mali is the essence of the raison d'etre for this inaugural cultural festival designed to celebrate and educate the djembe rhythms that carry the songlines for West Africa. A Senegambian Drum & Dance Cultural Festival to celebrate and educate the djembe rhythms that carry the songlines for West Africa...more
25 Jun 2006

SING SING 2: Not Drowning Waving & The Moab Stringband

Not Drowning Waving & The Moab Stringband @ the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall. Programmed by David Bridie this concert brings together the Indigenous threads of music culture from the top end of Australia, Papua New Guinea & Torres Strait Islands ...more
Mix It Up
28 May 2006

SING SING 2 MARKET-PLACE Free activities 12-5pm 28th May in the foyers of Hamer Hall

Free activities in the foyers of Hamer Hall as they are once again transformed into a market place with food, music, dance, story-telling, performances & more. Also, low cost workshops where you can experience the songs & dance from Indigenous Australia, Papua New Guinea & Torres Strait Islands...more
Mix It Up
28 May 2006


City of Melbourne Art Funding INFO Session

Don’t miss out on this year’s art funding! MAV invites you to a special information session with grants officers from the Arts & Culture Department of the Melbourne City Council. Find out about their Arts Grants Program 2007...more
1 Jun 2006


Arts Law Week Victoria

The Arts Law Centre of Australia in conjunction with Victorian Arts Law Consortium will provide a week of FREE seminars, workshops and advice clinics on legal issues relevant to artists and art organisations in Melbourne, including an Emerging Communities Session on the 17 May 2006 and Creating and Keeping a Successful Board on 18 May 2006. ..more
Arts Law Week
15-19 May 2006
Valanga Khosa (pic by Bill Poon)

Grand Union Orchestra

Grand Union Orchestra & Friends @ Malvern Town Hall. Following the extraordinary success of last year’s spectacular Dancing in the Flames, the Grand Union Orchestra returns! UK composer Tony Haynes once again brings together some of Melbourne’s finest jazz & world musicians into a unique big band ...more
12 & 13 May 2006
Ria Soemardjo (pic by Jill Morgan)

Grand Union Open Workshop

Grand Union Open Workshop @ Malvern Town Hall. Hands-on session with Tony exploring African & Cuban styles of music you must bring an instrument & join in! Suitable for brass, wind percussion & voice ...more
15 May 2006


Ushanthini Sripathmanathan's Natyalayaa (Indian Dance) Rhythms of Games performance

Ushanthini Sripathmanathan's Natyalayaa (Indian Dance) Rhythms of Games performance ...more
24 Mar 2006


AFRICA! featuring international hip-hop masters DAARA J direct from Senegal for the first time in Melbourne, alongside local rising stars DIAFRIX at the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall...more
Mix It Up
23 Apr 2006
Kuukua Acquah (pic by Gergia Metaxas)

AFRICA! market-place

AFRICA! market-place FREE music, dance, story-telling and performances and food for purchase at the Arts Centre, Foyers of Hamer Hall ...more
Mix It Up
23 Apr 2006

Australian premier of The Light in The Shadow!

Inspired by the signs of decay of the angel, as described in Buddhist text. The dance is drawn from Butoh, Asian shamanistic practise & contemporary western styles, a collaboration that challenges the boundaries of present dance/theatre practice. ...intense ...provocative ...mesmerising (The Star, Malaysia). A collaboration between RiverGrass Dance Theatre, Malaysia & Tony Yap and company, Australia. The program premiered at the Malaysian International Dance Festival, Kuala Lumpur, 2005. ...more
16-19 Mar 2006
Black Harmony Gathering (Koori Youth Will Shake Spears: pic by Bill Poon)

Black Harmony Gathering - celebrating cultural diversity: Free Concert

A Free Concert showcasing a sensational range of Indigenous, African and culturally diverse music and dance. This free event, "say no to racism", is held in the heart of Indigenous land and multicultural communities on the banks of the Yarra River under the trees. Experience the fabulous Indigenous bands rocking with the Africans & cool jazz from the Kurdish. There’ll be Halal food, Senegalese delights & a good old Aussie BBQ of kangaroo & emu sausages bought to us from our Indigenous hosts.Plus face painting, basket weaving & hair-braiding...more
Black Harmony
19 Mar 2006


Cultural Diversity Week: Gala Dinner Sat 18 Mar

Cultural Diversity Week: Gala Dinner Sat 18 Mar hosted by the Premier of Victoria & Minister for Multicultural Affairs the Hon Steve Bracks MP & presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission(VMC). This sold out event saw the Palladium Ballroom, Crown Casino buzzing on Saturday night with fantastic performances from 200 musicians & dancers representing ten Commonwealth countries programmed by Multicultural Arts Victoria
Key Event
18 Mar 2006

Greek-Language Writers of Melbourne project

This new innovative creative writer’s multimedia project will be Coordinated by Costas Athanassiou and launched by George Lekakis, Chairperson, Victorian Multicultural Commission. ...more.

16 Feb 2006

El Harea \ freedom (Free Entry)

El Harea \ freedom will be held Saturday 11th February, 7pm - 12 midnight (Free Entry) at the Kensington Community Centre (corner of Kensington Road & Altona Street). Freedom project celebrates the creativity of our new and emergins communities in Melbourne. El Harea is a culmination of cultural workshops held last year in 2005 at Flemington Housing Estate, featuring Ajak Kwai, Yasim Ibrahim, Community Cultural Performances & more (7pm doors open, 8pm concert begins Download El Harea Poster).

11 Feb 2006


Multicultural Arts Law Week

Multicultural Arts Law Week: 6-10 February 2006. Venue: The Reading Room Fitzroy Town Hall Cnr Napier and Moore Streets, Fitzroy. The Arts Law Centre of Australia will provide a week of FREE seminars, workshops and advice clinics on legal issues relevant to the multicultural communities in Melbourne in partnership with Multicultural Arts Victoria, Victorian Multicultural Commission and City of Yarra...more
Arts Law Week
6-10 Feb 2006

Summer Twilight Jazz & Voice - Free Concert Series @ Federation Square

Multicultural Arts Victoria will kick off the New Year with a unique summer world jazz and voice free concert series profiling Melbourne’s finest jazz sounds from around the globe. Enjoy traditional, improvised and contemporary world jazz and voice spanning a multicultural mix of genres and styles... ...more
Key Event
16-19 Mar 2006

2005 Events

2005 events