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Multicultural Arts Victoria in association with the Greater Shepparton City Council present

Emerge on the Goulburn Festival 2012

Friday 20 - Sunday 22 April 2012;
Main Event: Saturday 21 April
In an around Shepparton's Eastbank Centre

Media Release | Poster

Multicultural Arts Victoria, in partnership with the Greater Shepparton City Council, is very proud to be launching the inaugural Emerge on the Goulburn Festival, a massive cultural celebration in and around Shepparton's Eastbank Centre from Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd April.

Emerge on the Goulburn Festival is a unique festival presenting the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Greater Shepparton.

Eastbank Centre and surrounds will burst into life with music and arts presenting amazing indigenous, multicultural and new refugee artists who have recently settled City of Shepparton.

Be delighted by the music, dance, storytelling, visual arts, film, exotic foods, ancient and crafts and ceremonies happening at the main event on Saturday, with special guest appearance form Australian aboriginal singer, songwriter Shellie Morris.

Angels Voices (photograph by Damian Vincenzi)

Friday 20th April, 6-9pm Shepparton Library LIVING BOOKS LIVING VOICES
Saturday 21st April, 3-7pm Eastbank Centre EMERGE ON THE GOULBURN MAIN EVENT
Sunday 22nd April, 10am-3.30pm Victoria Park Lake SHEPPARTON DRAGON BOAT REGATTA


Friday 20th April 6-9pm FREE @ Shepparton Library

Living Books Living Voices will be an evening of stories from Shepparton and around the world.

Facilitated by Dr. Frank Purcell, the event will bring together community members from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds to share and interact on the themes of home and migration.

A thought-provoking and inspiring evening and a chance to get to know your neighbours. Presented by Shepparton Library and Interfaith Network.

Shellie Morris


Saturday 21st April 3-7pm FREE @ Eastbank Centre

Shepparton's stunning riverside venue, Eastbank Centre will come alive with the many flavours, sounds and colours of multicultural Greater Shepparton.

This exciting family festival day presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria and Greater Shepparton City Council, will welcome a wave of new cultures and talents who have made Greater Shepparton their home in recent years as well as showcasing indigenous talents.

Be inspired by two stages of non-stop dance, music, song and drums.

The main stage will feature lively cultural performances to delight the whole family and will culminate in a performance from leading Northern Territory indigenous singer-songwriter Shellie Morris.

The Youth Stage, managed by local peak youth organization Word and Mouth, will feature hip hop, pop and soul.

Roam a vibrant cultural marketplace, experience food, craft and culture from around the world and relax in an authentic Turkish lounge with coffee cup readings and backgammon games.

From the traditional to the contemporary, from local Yorta Yorta to Africa to Asia Pacific and beyond - experience just a taste of what Greater Shepparton has to offer.

Some of the amazing performances on the day will include Dhungalla Dancers, Burundian Drummers, Otohu Community Dance Group, Traditional Congolese Dance Group, Afghan Boys' Dance Group, Angels Voices Band, Shepparton High School Islander Singers, FlyBz, Young Ugees, Monga Mukasa, Natassja Mawson, Shepparton Italian Choir, Lutheran Church Gospel Choir, Team Oz Padamara and more.

There will also be indigenous and multicultural children's arts and crafts, outdoor games and activities and a meet-and-greet with Ranger Roo (Parks Victoria), Multicultural Rhyme Time and Puppet Show (Cutting Edge), face painting, storytelling and more!


Sunday 22nd April, 10am - 3.30pm @ Victoria Park Lake

Traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Races to be held on the Victoria Park Lake. Presented by United Way Goulburn Valley Community Fund.

Burundian Drummers (photograph by Damian Vincenzi)

Media Enquiries

For media enquiries and interviews please contact: Hannah Rowlands 03) 5832 9537

Presented and Produced by

Multicultural Arts Victoria and Greater Shepparton City Council


Principal Sponsors

Riverlinks, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Greater Shepparton City Council, Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation, Arts Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts, Parks Victoria, Playing Australia




Partners and Supporters

Artback NT, Word and Mouth, Uniting Care Cutting Edge, Ethnic Communities Council Shepparton, Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation

FlyBz (photograph by Damian Vincenzi)

Burundian Drummers (photograph by Damian Vincenzi)