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Emerge in the West 2019: Culture Conversations

June 15 - June 16

Free
SHAPING THE FUTURE OF EMERGE IN THE WEST

Emerge in the West Festival: Culture Conversations is a new incarnation of the beloved Emerge in the West Festival in Footscray. These community consultations will help decide what happens in the future for Emerge in the West.

Framed by cultural performances and screenings by local African Australian artists in two intimate local venues, deepen the conversation about the cultural evolution of the Nicholson St precinct.  You are invited to join artists, community leaders, collectives and organisations in these discussions.

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SATURDAY, 15 JUNE 2019 PROGRAM

FLOURISHING BUSINESS, FLOURISHING CULTURES

How can Emerge in the West support the positive development of the African business district in Footscray?

Acknowledgement of Country by Uncle Larry Walsh and Welcome by the Mayor of Maribyrnong, Cr Martin Zakharov, screenings of local filmmakers’ new short works.

This Culture Conversation will include screenings of short films made by young and emerging film makers based in the western suburbs, in partnership with Cinespace.

We will then discuss how traders can support and benefit from a cultural program, and what that program might be – a street festival, or soemthing new.

 

Details:
Sat 15 June 2019, 2 – 4 PM.
Africa Town
161 Nicholson St Footscray
Free event. Registrations essential.

REGISTER HERE

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YOUTH FUTURES – JUSTICE AND ENGAGEMENT

What sort of artistic interventions or responses might occur through Emerge in the West?

This Culture Conversation is framed and facilitated by South Sudan Voice‘s Dialogue Theatre performance. It discusses the way Emerge in the West might support young African Australians’ cultural practice, particularly in the light of experiences with justice systems and engagement with the wider community.

Details:
Sat 15 June 2019, 2 – 4 PM.
VU Metro West
138 Nicholson St Footscray
Free event. Registrations essential.

REGISTER HERE

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SUNDAY, 16 JUNE 2019 PROGRAM

ABUSE – SUBSTANCES AND VIOLENCE

How could Emerge in the West contribute to a positive way forward?

This Culture Conversation discusses how Emerge in the West could include positive cultural responses to address issues associated with substance abuse and violence, which are concerns for the community in Footscray. Facilitated by Soreti Kadir, and beginning & ending with performances by the rising star of Australian hiphop, P-UniQue.

Details:
Sun 16 June 2019, 2 – 4 PM.
Africa Town
161 Nicholson St Footscray
Free event. Registrations essential.

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CHANGING FOOTSCRAY

This Culture Conversation is about the changing demographics & development in Footscray, and its implications. It begins with fashion, spoken word and DJs, in partnership with Maribyrnong Youth Service’s FReeZA program.

Embrace Your Frizzique collaborates with Emerge in the West to present “Then VS Now”, an interactive hair show that primary focuses on channelling past hairstyles through a current scope. The performance will highlight the importance of the “Natural Hair Movement” and how important it is for businesses within the Footscray hub to embrace this ideological shift. This performance will also touch on the stereotypical burden placed upon people embracing their natural hair.

Details:
Sun 16 June 2019, 2 – 4 PM.
VU Metro West
138 Nicholson St Footscray
Free event. Registrations essential.

REGISTER HERE

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CLOSING PARTY WITH AUSECUMA BEATS

Relax and kick back at Africa Town Restaurant. Delicious meals and drinks available at reasonable prices.

Connect with other artists & communities who have contributed to the Culture Conversations.

Ausecuma Beats: Yusupha Ngum’s passionate vocals soar over rich percussion, balafon and guitar. With virtuoso musicians Boubacar Gaye, Panga, Ed Crocker, Bassidi Koné and Adam Halliwell, Ausecuma Beats unites their diverse backgrounds in Senegambia, Cuba, Mali and Australia.

Details:
Sun 16 June 2019, 6 – 8 PM.
Africa Town
161 Nicholson St Footscray
Free event. Registrations essential.

REGISTER HERE

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This event is presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria’s Emerge program, with support from VU Metro West, FReeZA, the City of Maribyrnong, Cinespace, AAMEYS and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship.

 

Image credit: Artwork by Aysha Tufa

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Start:
June 15
End:
June 16
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