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Mapping Melbourne 2013

Independent Contemporary Asian Arts
5-8 December 2013 - FREE EVENT!

ART, FASHION, DANCE, PERFORMANCE, ROBOTICS, CULTURE, SPOKEN WORD, DISCOURSE Various locations across the Melbourne CBD (see below for venues and event times)

Festival Program | Media Release | Poster | Flyer

Multicultural Arts Victoria presents Mapping Melbourne, a four day showcase of independent contemporary Asian arts celebrating the vibrant influence Asia continues to have on Melbourne's cultural dynamism. Mapping Melbourne presents a program of FREE events that profile the diversity of contemporary Asian arts and culture, view the online Festival Program below.

Exhibiting and performing at some of Melbourne's most iconic institutions the festival will profile established and emerging artists from across China, Indonesia, Australia, Malaysia, India, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia and New Zealand.

This is one of the most exciting and comprehensive programs of contemporary Asian dance, design, fashion, art, music and spoken word that Melbourne has ever seen.

With over 30 local artists and 12 international Asian artists, including internationally renowned street artist Darbotz and master Srimpi dancer Ibu Kadar, Mapping Melbourne will create new perspectives, new possibilities and new expressions through an intercultural, multi-art form event in the heart of Melbourne.

"For both the Australian and International artists, Mapping Melbourne creates a unique opportunity for creative discourse and interaction. For audiences the Festival provides a free, highly accessible Asian arts program presented across some of the City of Melbourne's most iconic venues." - Jill Morgan AM, CEO Multicultural Arts Victoria.

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29 November - 23 December,
Wednesday to Friday, 10am - 5.30pm
Chen Ping Exhibition MiFA Gallery, 1/278 Collins Street
Friday 6 December,
12.30 and 5.30
Fame Agenda X Darbotz State Library of Victoria, Swanston Street
Saturday 7 December,
Traces of Transformation Melbourne Museum Forecourt, Nicholson Street
Saturday 7 December,
Tari Jalanan Warehouse Party 1000 Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale Street
Sunday 8 December,
Artist Talks with Asialink MiFA Gallery, 1/278 Collins Street
Sunday 8 December,
Javanese Cultural Masterclass MiFA Gallery, 1/278 Collins Street
Sunday 8 December,
Common Grounds: Mecca to Amritsar The Wheelers Centre, 176 Lonsdale Street

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Over the past five years, Multicultural Arts Victoria has been supporting independent arts practice in Malaysia and Indonesia and the creation of two new International cultural Festivals - MAPFest (Melaka/Malaysia) and Arts Island Festival (Java/Bali) driven by Tony Yap from Tony Yap Company (Australia/Malaysia), E Plus Entertainment (Malaysia) and Agung Gunawan (Indonesia).

These are innovative "sister" festivals; showcasing independent contemporary site specific art. Building on this style of artistic programming, which is developing exciting new links and networks in Asia, it is time to create and play in Mapping Melbourne and make this work visible in our own backyard.

Mapping Melbourne is a platform for strengthening arts networks between contemporary independent artists across the Asian region, building connections and establishing collaborative ongoing relationships, and presenting challenging work.

It's now recognised that we need to strengthen Australia's deep and broad relationships across the region at every level. These links need to be social and cultural as much as they are political and economic.

Improving people-to-people links can unlock large economic and social gains. Art enables us to learn about each other in creative and expressive ways that contributes significantly to greater understanding and respect for each other.

Media queries: Jess Fairfax, projects@multiculturalarts.com.au, (03) 9188 3681, 0450 348 969.

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Mapping Melbourne is Produced and Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria