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Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria, Emerge Festival commemorates United Nations World Refugee Day and celebrates Refugee Week in Victoria.

Emerge Festival 2011: 15 June - 30 July, all over Melbourne


Dereb The Ambassador

Melbourne's rich cultural heritage comes alive with this colourful annual music and arts festival presenting amazing new refugee and emerging artists who have recently settled in Australia.

Kicking off with a massive one-day cultural celebration at Fitzroy Town Hall on Sunday 19 June, Emerge Festival continues for six sensational weeks with a series of amazing performances and unique cultural experiences encompassing music, dance, visual arts, film, exotic foods, ancient crafts and ceremonies happening all over Melbourne.

Media Release & Event Profiles

Emerge Media Release

Emerge Event Profiles

Emerge Main Event Program

Emerge Program

Emerge Program Booklet

Links to Event Pages:
Sunday 19 June 12-5pm Emerge Festival Main Event
12.30-2pm Public Rally: Unite Against Mandatory Detention
Wednesday 15-25 June Heartlands 2011 Refugee Art Prize Exhibition
Wednesday 22 June 6.30--9pm Refugee Week Public Forum: Labels & Liabilities
Saturday 25 June 4.30pm Pacific Stories Screening
Saturday 2 July 2-6pm Burundian Independence Day Celebrations
Saturday 9 July 7-9pm Urban Voices Music Video Launch
Saturday 16 July 11-4.30pm Emerge at The Drum
Saturdays 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 July 12-5pm Don't Be Left Out in the CALD - Music Business Skills Workshops Series

Media Enquiries: Jess Fairfax, Project Officer, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Phone (03) 9417 6777 Email: projects@multiculturalarts.com.au.


Massive Collective (pic by Damian Vincenzi)

Emerge

The only festival of its kind, Emerge unearths the incredible talents these people have brought to Australia and provides an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to share and celebrate rich and undiscovered cultures all the way from Africa to the Far East, from the traditional to the contemporary.

Established in 2004 by Multicultural Arts Victoria, the Emerge Festival promotes diversity, social inclusion, respect and the breaking down of racism. Over its seven years the festival has steadily grown to attract audiences of 10000+ with an annual program of inspiring and entertaining events all over Melbourne.


MASH-2, Melbourne's one and only female Rwandan hip hop artist (pic by Damian Vincenzi)

Emerge Festival

Emerge Festival is a chance for people from all cultures to make music together, sing, dance, learn about each other, showcase and be proud of their culture, hear each other's stories and make long-lasting cross-cultural connections and friendships.

Emerge In The Press


Emerge Festival (review): The Age, 22 June 2011

Emerge Festival (review): The Age, 22 June 2011

In 2006, a relatively unknown Ethiopian singer, Dereb Desalegn, performed as part of Multicultural Arts Victoria's annual Emerge Festival. Five years later, performing '70s-style Ethiopian soul under the moniker Dereb the Ambassador, Desalegn is now a major drawcard in his own right and a heartening example of the success that can follow when artists from emerging ethnic communities are offered exposure and support...more.

Beat goes on for drummer Peter Vadiveloo (Emerge Preview): Waverly Leader, 6 June 2011

Beat goes on for drummer Peter Vadiveloo (Emerge Preview): Waverly Leader, 6 June 2011

Peter Vadiveloo believes it's not what is in your hand, but what is in your heart that makes a good musician, he will teach audiences at Emerge the power and enjoyment of 'body percussion'...more.

The beat goes on for Fitzroy festival (Emerge Preview): Melbourne Leader, 18 June 2011

The beat goes on for Fitzroy festival (Emerge Preview): Melbourne Leader, 18 June 2011

The Burundian Drummers are ready to set hearts pumping to the beat of East Africa at Emerge Festival this weekend...more.

Hip Hop Hooray - Why Emerge Festival Gets Such a Great Rap (on Melbourne Times Cover), 1 June 2011

Hip Hop Hooray - Why Emerge Festival Gets Such a Great Rap (on Melbourne Times Cover), 1 June 2011

Why Emerge Festival Gets Such a Great Rap, Melbourne Times Cover Story...more.

Message in the music (Emerge Festival Preview): Melbourne Times, 31 May 2011

Message in the music (Emerge Festival Preview): Melbourne Times, 31 May 2011

The Emerge Festival showcases the vibrant culture of Melbourne's newest communities...more.

Out of Africa, exotic talents emerge (Emerge Main Event Preview): Maribyrnong Weekly, 8 June 2011

Out of Africa, exotic talents emerge (Emerge Main Event Preview): Maribyrnong Weekly , 8 June 2011

Footscray-based artist Singer Bitsat Seyoum will combine traditional Ethiopian musical stylings with contemporary pop music as part of the Emerge Festival.... ...more.

Pacific truths on screen (preview): The Age, 11 June 2011

Pacific truths on screen (preview): The Age, 11 June 2011

People have romantic ideas about Pacific Islanders...these questions underpin Pacific Stories ...more.


Jerusalem Gospel Rumba - Nestor Omari (pic by Damian Vincenzi)

Dance to rhythms from Sudan to Burma whilst inhaling the aromas of an Ethiopian coffee ceremony and exotic foods from around the globe at the festival Main Event;


Napier Street Food Stalls - Main Event 2010 (pic by Damian Vincenzi)


Sassy's Jamaican Kitchen - Main Event 2010 (pic by Damian Vincenzi


Children's Marquee at Main Event 2010 (pic by Damian Vincenzi)

Experience traditional songs and dances from Burundi and be blown away by the sound of the ingoma drums at Burundian Independence Day Celebrations;


The Burundian Drimmers(pic by Damian Vincenzi)


Urban Voices - SS Superstar (pic by Damian Vincenzi)

Produced and presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria

Principal Sponsors

Australia Council for the Arts, City of Yarra, City of Greater Dandenong, Arts Victoria, Victorian Multicultural Commission, VicHealth, Community Support Fund, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, AMES, Youth Development Australia.

                 

                 

 

        

 

        

Partners and supporters

Drum Theatre, Youthworx Productions, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Victoria University, PBS FM, Parks Victoria, South East Water, Refugee Advocacy Network, Music Victoria, Metro Printing, keke Design.

                 

 

                 

 

                 

 

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