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Multicultural Arts Victoria presents

Emerge Festival 2008 - Main Event

Presented and produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria, this dynamic arts festival celebrates Victoria’s many diverse refugee and emerging cultures in a series of exciting events around Melbourne from June 10th to July 20th.

From Africa to the Far East, from the emerging to the established, from the traditional to the contemporary, music, dance, film, visual arts, cultural foods, crafts and ceremonies - there is something for everyone!

Attracting capacity audiences in past years, Emerge Festival commemorates the United Nations World Refugee Day and Refugee Week in Australia.

Emerge Program Flyer

Download Emerge Flyer (page 1)
Download Emerge Flyer (page 2)

In The Press & Media

Out of Africa (Emerge Main Event Review), The Age, 13 June 2008
Life and light from far away (Emerge Journey Review), The Age, 5 June 2008
Download Media Release

Emerge Festival Main Event

Celebrating Refugee Week in Victoria - ‘A Place to Call Home’
Sunday June 15th 12-5pm FREE
@ Fitzroy Town Hall & Napier St, Fitzroy

Afro Habesha Band
(pic by Claudia Sangiorgi Dalimore)
Ronny Kareni
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony

Be part of this massive cultural celebration as the magnificent Fitzroy Town Hall opens its doors and closes off the street for 2 non stop stages of world music, a vibrant cultural marketplace, the aromas of an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, tasty authentic foods from all corners of the globe, FREE cultural workshops in Ethiopian dance, Bollywood Dance, Pacific Island Body Percussion and African Drumming, henna tattoos, hairbraiding and much more.

Featured artists will include Tabura (West Papua), Laloran (East Timor), Black Roots (Congo), Muhanamwe (Guinea), Angel’s Voices Band (Congo), Afro Habesha Band (Ethiopia), Eritrean Star Band, Mesopotamia (Iraq), Mehr Ensemble (Iran), Meltemi (Turkey/ Greece), Breakout Hip Hop Dance Crew, Mai Nachungi Dance Company Inc and Sudanese groups St.Bakhita’s Choir, Zel Zel Band & Rom Amer.

Eritrean Star Band (pic by Bill Poon)
Afro Habesha Band

Further media information

Contact Anita Larkin, 9417 6777, 0401 658 158

Produced and presented by

Multicultural Arts Victoria www.multiculturalarts.com.au

The Crowd
Market Place

Principal Sponsors

Australia Council for the Arts, City of Yarra, Arts Victoria, VicHealth, Festivals Australia, Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Melbourne


Helen MacPherson Trust, Myer Foundation, City of Melbourne, Perpetual Trustees, Reichstein Foundation

Partners and Supporters

the Arts Centre, ABC Radio National, OPEN CHANNEL, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, RMIT, Hotham Mission Asylum Seekers Project, Refugee Council of Australia, Refugee Action Collective, Plakkit.

Mehr Band

Market Place