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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 Main Event

Sunday June 19th 12-5pm
@ Fitzroy Town Hall & Napier St. Fitzroy FREE


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

Be part of this massive cultural celebration as the magnificent Fitzroy Town Hall opens its doors for a feelgood street party guaranteed to get your hips shaking.

Napier Street will be closed off to create an exuberant block party with three stages of nonstop world music and a vibrant cultural marketplace.

Dance to rhythms from Sudan to Burma whilst inhaling the aromas of an Ethiopian coffee ceremony and tasty authentic foods from all corners of the globe.

Take a break from dancing to join in some free cultural workshops, a cultural story telling circle, henna tattoos, hair braiding, kids activities and much more.

Main Event Program

The gloriously diverse, crowd-pleasing lineup brings you infectious rhythms, lush vocals and harmonies from around the globe, featuring Somali dance grooves, African pop, Sudanese reggae, Ethiopian jazz, Congolese gospel, traditional Burundian drums, multicultural hip hop straight from the streets of Melbourne and very special guests, Dereb the Ambassador performing 70s Ethiopian vintage soul masterpieces!

Emerge Main Event Program

Emerge Media Release

Emerge Booklet

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


Dereb The Ambassador

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.


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


Massive Collective (pic by Damian Vincenzi)

Emerge Festival

The Emerge Festival Main Event is part of Emerge Festival 2011.

Produced and presented by

Multicultural Arts Victoria www.multiculturalarts.com.au

Supporters

Supported by City Of Yarra, Australia Council for The Arts, Victorian Multicultural Commission.


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)