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Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council

Emerge in the West Festival 2014

Discover the sights, sounds and flavours of Africa in the heart of Footscray

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Event Details

Emerge in the West Free entry
Saturday 17 May
12- 5pm

Nicholson St, Irving St, Footscray

African Film Screening Free entry
Tuesday 20 May
Screening from 6 - 7:30pm (arrival and seating 5:45pm)

Footscray Library, 56 Paisley Street, Footscray

Presented by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with Maribyrnong City Council, Emerge in the West will see Footscray's Nicholson Street come alive on Saturday May 17 with a massive, feel-good street party to celebrate the West's emerging and remarkable new cultures and talents.

Featuring artists from African communities that have made Maribyrnong their home, the festival will showcase performances from all corners of the African continent and will commemorate UNESCO'S World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Explore Footscray's many delights at the Festival's vibrant market place and take an enchanting tour to local diners.

Restaurants on Nicholson and Irving Streets will host cultural stages for African storytelling, song and spoken word from Guinea, South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania, South Sudan, Ethiopia and more.

Tasty African delights will be available to savour whilst enjoying the entertainment.

Program*

  MAIN STAGE (NICHOLSON & PAISLEY ST)
12:00pm SOMALI PEACE BAND
12:20pm ETHIOPIAN DANCE with Seble Girma
12:30pm FASHION PARADE
12:50pm ETHOPIAN DANCE WORKSHOP with Seble Girma
1:00pm AFRICA'S GOT TALENT SHOWCASE
1:20pm ZERO DEGREES
1:30pm MXC WOL
1:40pm ASANTI DANCE THEATRE
1:50pm SPEECHES
2:00pm BITSAT AND SINIT
2:30pm LEGACY GIRLS
2:40pm MADUP CHOL
2:55pm BURUNDIAN DRUMMERS
3:20pm SPECIAL CREW
3:30pm KONE EXPRESS
4:10pm WASSAWUMBA
4:20pm BLAK ROOTS

  AFRICA TOWN STAGE (161 NICHOLSON ST)
2:00pm BADENYA
2:30pm VALANGA KHOZA
3:00pm KAIRO
3:30pm MAKOTA

  SPOKEN WORD STAGE (AFRICAN CUISINE, 83 IRVING ST)
2:00pm-4:00pm A selection of Melbourne's most eloquent spoken word poets coordinated by Dominic Wagner.

*Subject to change

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After the Main event has finished, Emerge in the West festivities will continue on Tuesday 20 May 2014, with an African film screening at the Footscray Library, 56 Paisley St, Footscray.

The screening will feature a selection of short films from around the African Continent, curated by Mito Elias, visual artist and film maker from Cape Verde, West Africa.

In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to be the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.

Multicultural Arts Victoria invites all people to come together, celebrate and deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity to learn to live together better.

Produced by Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with local governments, Emerge Festival is presented annually in different locations around Victoria to celebrate and acknowledge the important contributions of local newly arrived refugee and emerging multicultural communities.

The festival is an outcome of MAV's Emerge Cultural Hubs program which aims at empowering and creating connections for artists and communities from refugee backgrounds.

In 2014 the festival will launch a week of celebrations commemorating Africa Day in Melbourne organised by the Africa Day Australia Committee including Africa's Got Talent and the African Gala Dinner.

Media queries

Claudia Escobar, Marketing and Development, Multicultural Arts Victoria development@multiculturalarts.com.au Tel: 9188 3681 Mob: 0449 163 753


Photo by Anne Harkin


Asanti Dance Company

 

Producers and supporters

Emerge in the West is supported by: Maribyrnong City Council, Arts Victoria, Australia Council for the Arts and Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship and Footscray Library.