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

Emerge Festival 2013 - May 18th - July 31st

10 years presenting new refugee and emerging artists who have recently settled in Australia

Emerge Program Booklet

From May 18 - July 31 2013, Multicultural Arts Victoria will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Emerge Festival, looking retrospectively at the abundance of cultural wealth, music, dance, cross-cultural exchange & understanding that has emerged and been shared over the last decade.

Emerge Festival will captivate Melbourne throughout the winter months of May-July with a colourful series of performances and unique cultural experiences encompassing music, dance, visual arts, exotic foods, ancient crafts and ceremonies.

The Festival will be launched with Emerge in the West, a massive one-day cultural celebration in Footscray on May 18 and will spread throughout metro Melbourne and beyond over 10 exciting weeks, featuring the signature Emerge Main Event, at Fitzroy Town Hall on June 16.

African dance grooves, Sudanese reggae, Ethiopian jazz, Azmari banter, Somali pop, traditional Burundian drums, West African dance & Cape Verdean Reggae will feature on the Main Stage at Emerge in the West, while Emerge in Fitzroy will offer a feast of engaging workshops, sounds from East Arnham Land to Afghanistan & a crafty artisans marketplace.

Festival Program

Emerge Program Booklet

Media Release - Event Profiles

Emerge Event Profiles (Media Release)

Emerge Festival Events & Dates

Saturday May 18 Nicholson St, Footscray Emerge in the West
Saturday May 18 - Saturday May 25 Various venues Africa Day Celebrations
May 31 - June 1 Various venues SoMo so MAV
Sunday June 2 The Toff in Town ReMastered Myths - The Putbacks ft. Madup Chol
Saturday June 8 - Monday June 10   Don't Be Left Out in the CALD, Artist Development Workshops
Sunday June 16 Fitzroy Town Hall Emerge Festival
Sunday June 16 Melbourne Museum to Fitzroy Town Hall Refugee Week Rally
Tuesday June 18 - Sunday June 30 fortyfivedownstairs Heartlands Refugee Art Prize @ fortyfivedownstairs
Saturday June 22 fortyfivedownstairs Restoring Hope - A Creative Refugeee Week Performance
Thursday June 27 fortyfivedownstairs Victorian Refugee Recognition Record Ceremony
Thursday July 4 - Saturday July 27 Walker St Gallery, Dandenong Heartlands Refugee Art Prize at Walker St Gallery
Thursday July 11 - Wednesday July 31 Fo Guan Yuan Art Gallery African Arts, by Nickel Mundabi Ngadwa
Saturday July 20 Drum Theatre, Dandenong Emerge Concert at Drum Theatre
Sunday Sep 1 - Sep 14 Werribee Park Heartlands Refugee Art Prize at Werribee Park

ReMastered Myths will unify South Sudanese vintage soul with a distinctly Melbourne funk and Heartlands Refugee Art Prize will display the intricate beauty of works by talented visual artists who have had to flee their homelands as refugees.

From May 18 to July 31 Emerge Festival will be 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 connections and friendships.

Media Enquiries

Media Enquiries: Jess Fairfax, Project Officer, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Phone (03) 9188 3681 or 0450 348 969, Email: projects@multiculturalarts.com.au.


Emerge Festival commemorates United Nations World Refugee Day and celebrates Refugee Week in Victoria. Refugees are survivors who have been forced to leave their whole lives behind due to persecution. They have survived because they have had courage, ingenuity and creativity.

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.

Produced and presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria

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