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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 Main Event 2013

Celebrating Refugee Week in Victoria - Restoring Hope

Sunday 16 June 12-5pm FREE
Fitzroy Town Hall 201 Napier St Fitzroy
Getting There: Tram 112 or 86 - Melways Ref 2C B9

Fitzroy Town Hall opens its doors & Napier Street gets closed off, for an all-day block party with three stages of nonstop world music and a vibrant cultural marketplace.

Dance to traditional rhythms from Sudan to East Arnhem Land, relish in the distinct urban sounds coming from Melbourne's diverse communities, 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, storytelling circle, henna tattoos, hair braiding and kid's activities.

Celebrating its 10th birthday, Emerge Festival 2013 will call on old & new friends to put on a spectacular birthday party, with 10 piece Ethio-jazz power force JAzmaris headlining with some very special guest musicians! Be part of this one of a kind grass roots event will unearth and showcase some incredible talents from some of Melbourne's most newly arrived communities who have been supported through Multicultural Arts Victoria's Visible music mentorship project over the last 10 years.


Complete Emerge 2012 Program (Booklet)

Visible Stage
12.05pm SUDAN AZZA Sudanese urban pop & reggae
12.35pm KAREN DANCE GROUP Folkloric Karen dance
1.20pm AMADOU KALISSA & BASSIDI KONE Malian balafon player & Guinean Kora & Dun Dun maestro join forces
2:10pm AMINATA DOUMBIA African soul & RnB
2:55pm TAQI KHAN Hazara pop music
4:00pm JAZMARIS & GUESTS 10 piece Ethio-jazz band, featuring guest vocalists Sinit Tsegay, Bitsat Seyoum and kirar player Anbessa Gebrehiwot

We Run This Stage
12.20pm CUBBIES 'CORAçãO DE ZUMBI' CAPOERIA GROUP Capoira performed by kids from Cubbies
12.45pm AUSSOM BAND Recreating the sound of the thriving 1980s Somali music scene
1:20pm KUNDALILA Sweet harmonies & acappella
2.05pm MONGA MUKASA Original Congolese gospel & pop
2.40pm YIRRMAL & THE YOLNGU BOYS A fusion of traditional Yolngu 'Manikay' songs of Northeast Arnham Land with the original soulful vocals of Yirrimal Marika
3:20pm AHMED 3 PAS Persian Hip Hop
3.550pm ELEPHANT MOUSE Electro-Tongan beats
4:25pm FLYBZ Burundian Hip Hop duo

Napier Stage
1.15pm CAPOIRA WORKSHOP with Rebecca March
2.05pm LOG DRUMMING WORKSHOP with Sounds of Polynesia
2.40pm COCINANDO CON MADRE MONTE Colombian cooking demonstration
3.15pm SPOKEN WORD WORKSHOP with L-Fresh the Lion
3.50pm MAJID ALMASI Original Iranian/Kurdish love songs

Media Release

Emerge Event Profiles (Media Release)

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

Emerge Festival

The Main Event is part of Emerge Festival 2013.

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

Produced and presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria


Australia Council for the Arts, Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship, Arts Victoria, City of Yarra