Emerge in Yarra 2015 brochure

Catch the tram and win!
14-20 JUNE
Emerge in Yarra presents a new week-long program
for its 12th anniversary with a multitude of free
arts workshops, language and cooking classes in
addition to live music and theatre performances that
showcase the diverse talent that exist in the City of
Founded in 2004 as a platform for the emerging
and refugee artists in Multicultural Arts Victoria’s
Visible Music Mentoring Program, the festival
has since grown to encompass talented emerging
and refugee artists from across the city whilst also
paying respect to Indigenous Australians as the first
people of this land and recognising their continuing
spiritual, physical and cultural connection to the
land. The festival is timed to coincide with the United
Nations World Refugee Day and Refugee Week and
celebrates the ever-expanding contributions artists
from all sectors of our diverse society have made in
building Melbourne’s unique cultural landscape and
the Creative industry in Victoria.
Emerge in Yarra has also been the stimulus and
springboard for contemporary cultural activity in
outer metro and regional Victoria embracing and
unearthing the talents of emerging and refugee
Catch a tram and win!
Post a photo from your tram ride and tell us which
Emerge in Yarra festival event you’d like to go
to with hashtag #emergeinyarra to win one of
10 limited edition sets of our Black Harmonies
and Best of Visible CDs featuring diverse talented
artists from Indigenous and refugee backgrounds.
Post before 14 June to be in the running to win!
(Bookings essential for all
events - see inside for details)
of Yarra:
Ethnic Communities
Council of Victoria
& Melbourne
Playback Theatre
A Comedy
Yarra Youth Services
Etch This:
Young Artists’
& Exhibition
Uptown EthioJazz Workshop
and Jam Session
Boonwurrung, Arabic,
Dinka, Mandarin,
Refugee Week:
An interactive
Emerge Festival Hub
Reading Room, Fitzroy
Town Hall, 201 Napier Emerge Festival Hub
Street, Fitzroy
PBS 106.7FM
Drive Live with
Lalibelas ft.
Nhatty Man
ft. Nelly Thomas,
Diana Nguyen,
Dilruk Jayasinha and
Kevin Kropinyeri
Emerge Festival Hub
Arts and
Discussion Forum
Emerge Festival Hub
Cookin’ Up
Cookin’ Up
Nyala African
Afghani Cuisine
Fitzroy Community
Food Centre
Fitzroy Community
Food Centre
The Ownership
Level 1/110
Johnston St, Fitzroy
Yarra Settlement
Forum and Yarra City
Council present:
Refugee Week
Q&A Panel
Uptown Jazz Café
Level 1, 177
Brunswick Street,
(doors 8.30pm)
The Luwow
62-70 Johnston
Street, Fitzroy
Full $10/Conc $5
Emerge Festival Hub
Cookin’ Up
@ Cubbies
Cubbies (Fitzroy Adventure Playground),
Cnr Condell & Young
St, Fitzroy
Vietnamese Cuisine
Opening Cubbies:
playground games
into performance
Emerge Festival
Closing Party
(doors 7.30pm)
Fitzroy Community
Food Centre
The Workers Club, 51
Brunswick St, Fitzroy
$10/Conc $5
Languages of Yarra
Sunday 14 June,10am–7pm
Emerge Festival Hub
Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall,
201 Napier Street, Fitzroy
Bookings essential:
23% of people residing in the City of Yarra speak
a language other then English at home (from 2011
census). This is the reality of Yarra and what makes
the city so unique in its food, art, fashion and culture.
This Emerge festival will introduce you to some of
the languages you may be hearing throughout the
streets of Fitzroy, Collingwood and Richmond.
Aunty Fay Stewart-Muir and Mandy Nicholson from
the Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages
will teach the foundations of Woiwurrung and
Arabic with Hakeem Kasem
Join singer and songwriter Ajak Kwai for a
Dinka language class taught through
story and song
Mandarin with Hedy
Vietnamese with Thang Le
PBS 106.7FM Drive Live
with Lalibelas ft. Nhatty Man
Sunday 14 June, 3-5pm
An event you can enjoy in the comfort of your
very own lounge chair! Tune into Flight 1067
to Africa, with presenter Stani Goma to hear a
live set from Ethio-Jazz, Funk, Dancehall and
Hip Hop assemblage The Lalibelas ft. Nhatty
Man. Founded by Ethiopian bassist Yoseph H.
Bekele and fronted by the acclaimed Nhatty
Man, a household name in Ethiopia, the band
interweave the musical and cultural motifs of
its seven members drawing on their combined
Ethiopian and Australian heritage. Set your
dials to 106.7FM or stream it live, or on
demand, at pbsfm.org.au.
A Comedy Shindig
The Ethnic Communities Council
of Victoria (ECCV) and Melbourne
Playback Theatre present Refugee
Week: an interactive performance
Monday 15 June, 7-8.30pm
Emerge Festival Hub
Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall,
201 Napier Street, Fitzroy
Bookings essential:
John Watts (ECCV), [email protected]
Tuesday 16 June, 7.30pm
Emerge Festival Hub
Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall,
201 Napier Street, Fitzroy
Bookings essential:
Emerge Festival’s inaugural comedy night brings together four
distinct comedians whose laughs are grounded in usual places.
Smashing stereotypes with humour and pulling up pollies with
quick wit, there’s nothing like a kick and a giggle to get you
thinking differently about the world.
The line up:
Award winning comedian Nelly Thomas uses the power of
funny to try and make the world a better place.
In a Melbourne Playback Theatre performance the audience’s
stories and experiences are the content of the performance.
This is an opportunity to celebrate and share stories as part
of Refugee Week.
Stories that may touch on beginning another chapter of
one’s life in a new land - the achievements, the challenges,
the unexpected and the unimagined.
Diana Nguyen Vietnamese-Australian/Australian-Vietnamese
transforms into her alter ego Kim Huong Nguyen from Phi and
Me and shows that Refugee mums are all tough love but they
do really care. Especially if you become a doctor. No Drama.
Sri Lankan-born Melbourne-based accountant-turned
comedian Dilruk Jayasinha will swoon you with his charismatic
storytelling and what it’s like to be immigrateful.
One-man whirlwind Kevin Kropinyeri shares tales of growing
up, marriage and the particular experiences of life as an
Aboriginal Australian family man.
An Ethiopian dinner will be available for purchase, including
vegetarian options and Teff grain (gluten-free) snacks
Cookin’ Up Community
Monday 15 June, Wednesday 17 &
Thursday 18 June, 7pm-8.30pm
Fitzroy Community Food Kitchen
(a volunteer will meet you out the front
of 125 Napier Street, Fitzroy and direct
you to the kitchen)
Bookings essential:
Over three evenings, Emerge Festival will plant itself amongst
the leafy green surroundings of the Atherton Garden’s Housing
Estate community garden and kitchen for a series of cooking
demonstrations, and of course tastings!
Monday 15 June, 7pm-8.30pm
Afghani Cuisine
Robyn Hughan and Fatemah Ghullami from YUM-ME will treat
you to the flavours of Afghanistan, sharing the secrets behind
the popular Kaubli Pulow. Made with lamb, rice, raisons and
carrots, this pilaf is Afghanistan’s national dish, and is named
after the capital Kabul.
Wednesday 17 June, 7pm-8.30pm
By Nyala African Restaurant
The stomachs of Fitzroy have been pleasantly satisfied for over
28 years thanks to the culinary talents of Ermias Wondimu
and his brother Soloman, who in 1987 set up Melbourne’s first
African restaurant Nyala, now one of Brunswick Street’s longest
trading businesses. From Sambosas to Ethiopian Ful, Kenyan
Kuku Na Nazi, couscous and Injera, Nyala presents dishes from
all four corners of the continent. Join Nyala co-owner Abby
Hailemarim as she demonstrates the secrets behind one of her
signature dishes on the Nyala menu.
Thursday 18 June, 7pm-8.30pm
Vietnamese Cuisine
Yarra is famous for its unprecedented presence of Vietnamese
cuisine. A place where community can conjugate and others
can enjoy the vermicelli delights and phở-filled joy of this
multicultural city.
Learn how to make one of the most popular dishes in
Vietnamese restaurants – Bò Tái Chanh – that blends beef with
Rau Răm (Vietnamese coriander), Tía Tô (red perilla) and Ngò Ôm
(rice paddy herb).
Yarra Youth Services present
Positive Relationships:
Arts and Discussion Forum
Wednesday 17 June, 5.30-8.30pm
Emerge Festival Hub
Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall,
201 Napier Street, Fitzroy
Bookings essential:
Yarra Youth Ambassadors invite you to explore issues such
as body image, family conflict, self-care, sexual health
and more, through art, workshops, music, presentations
and Q&A. The forum will look at the different types of
relationships in life; with yourself, your loved ones and the
world surrounding.
Yarra Settlement Forum and Yarra
City Council present
Refugee Week Q&A Panel
Thursday 18 June, 6pm-8.30pm
Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall,
201 Napier St, Fitzroy
Bookings essential:
Cristina Del Frate on 9205 5174
[email protected]
Julian Burnside AO QC
Abe Nouk
MC: Arnold Zable
Performance by Afrovival!
You will have the opportunity to hear from leading
refugee advocates, ask questions and be entranced
by their stories and perspectives. This is a FREE event
where light refreshments will also be served.
Uptown Ethio-Jazz Workshop
and Jam Session
Friday 19 June, 6pm-8pm
Uptown Jazz Café
Level 1, 177 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Bookings essential:
Join Ethiopian piano virtuoso Daniel Seifu Atlaw as he
demonstrates the intricacies of the five Ethiopian pentatonic
scales, the foundation of the nation’s rich musical culture.
Following on from the workshop, Daniel invites you to
join him on stage for an open improvised jam session with
talented musicians from Melbourne’s Ethiopian community*.
After completing study at Ethiopia’s prestigious Yared School
of Music, Daniel Seifu Atlaw became a resident musician,
teacher and composer at Addis Abeba’s National Theatre.
Since moving to Australia, Daniel has toured with renowned
Ethiopian musicians Mohamed Ahmed and Aster Aweke and
performs regularly with his own band the JAzmaris.
*Bring your own instruments
Friday 19 June, 9pm-late (doors 8.30pm)
The Luwow
62-70 Johnston Street, Fitzroy
Tickets: Full $10/Conc $5
Opening Cubbies: transforming
playground games into
Saturday 20 June, 2-4pm
Cubbies (Fitzroy Adventure Playground)
Cnr Condell & Young St, Fitzroy
Bookings essential:
Cubbies (Fitzroy Adventure Playground) was founded in 1974
in response to the needs of parents moved by the government
from “slum housing” in inner-city Melbourne, into high rise
towers. Cubbies is a safe backyard where kids from diverse
backgrounds can play, explore, create and make friends.
In the lead up to Emerge Festival, theatre makers Claudia
Escobar and Brienna Macnish will gather moments of play
and transform them into performance. The moments will be
captured through film and sound, with a final site-specific
installation set amongst and within the slippery slides
and cubby houses. Full of adventure and imagination, the
performance will take you down the rabbit-hole into a make
believe world you’ve never seen before.
DESTA Entertainment presents a night of Eritrean and
Ethiopian culture with performances from Snit Band, local
DJs spinning contemporary Habesha tunes, folk dancers and
projections created by visual artist Guled Abdulwasi. Grab a
cocktail in the tiki-bar inspired Luwow and get grooving to
the many unmistakable rhythms of this musically fertile part
of the world.
Craftanoon @ Cubbies
Emerge Festival Closing Party
Saturday 20 June, 8pm-late (doors 7.30pm)
The Workers Club, 51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy
Tickets: Full $10/Conc $5
(presale at theworkersclub.com.au)
Join us for Emerge in Yarra’s final shebang, as artists from
MAV’s Visible Music Mentoring Program hit the stage at
the Workers Club to get those goosebumps rising and
limbs moving. Visible is a mentoring and collaborative
project that links up artists from refugee and asylum
seeker communities with established Australian musicians
to build industry networks and portfolio materials such as
professional recordings, photoshoots, videos and performance
The night will feature performances from Ethio-funk, jazz
and reggae power-force The Lalibelas ft. Nhatty Man, the
Black Orchid Stringband playing traditional bass, ukulele, tifa
and three part harmonies from across West Papua, vocalist
Saharnaz Kia who interweaves traditional Persian prose with
contemporary rock, and Afghani-pop duo Reza Fezali and
Mohammed Amiri.
Saturday 20 June, 2–4pm
Cubbies (Fitzroy Adventure Playground)
Cnr Condell & Young St, Fitzroy
FREE (All ages)
Bookings essential:
Enjoy an afternoon in the creatively fertile Cubbies Adventure
Playground, delving into diverse art and craft techniques with
some of Melbourne’s finest artisans and cultural purveyors. From
Pacific Island weaving, to traditional Thai paper-cut flags, ittybitty seed planting, Henna and East Asian Printmaking, you’ll
find something for all ages, big and small.
The artists:
Vicki Kinai hails from Mt Hagen in Papua New Guinea, she is a
master weaver and bilum (string bag) maker, the national symbol
for all Papua New Guineans.
UB is a community artist, focused on participatory process of
collaborative creativity. She will teach the art of ‘Tuo ben 拓本’, a
traditional printmaking technique, invented in Ancient China.
Nakarin Jaikla will facilitate the creation of paper-cut Tang flags,
a decorative feature of traditional ceremonies celebrated as part
of the Lanna (Northern Thai) culture.
Mu Naw Poe and Shuklay Tahpo have been studying tapestry
weaving at the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Their work is
informed by the traditional cloth weaving of their homelands
Myanmar, whilst reflecting the joy of living in their new home
Neeta Patel is the founder of Ada Henna, sharing the ancient
Indian body art of Henna/Mehendi, a symbol of good luck.
Plus seed planting, music and instrument making and an
Ethiopian lunch and coffee ceremony from Saba’s Health Foods.
Etch This: Young Artists’
Residency & Exhibition
Resident artists: Guled Abduwasi,
Ayel Akot and Souma Ahmadi
Friday 19 June – Friday 3 July
(open Thursday-Saturday, 12noon-4pm)
The Ownership Project,
Level 1/110 Johnston St, Fitzroy
Opening reception:
Thursday 18 June, 6pm–8pm
Multicultural Arts Victoria in partnership with the The
Ownership Project presents Etch This, a three-month arts
residency and exhibition for young emerging artists from
culturally diverse backgrounds residing in the City of Yarra.
The young artists - Guled Abdulwasi, Ayel Akot and Souma
Ahmadi - were introduced to the art of printmaking under the
guidance of experienced printmakers Minela Krupic and Sean
Smith. Creating new work around the theme of “This is Yarra”,
they will explore their neighborhood and find characteristics
that define the streets, urban architecture, their everyday
surroundings and experiences within the City of Yarra.
Minela Krupic is a former refugee from Bosnia and graduated
from the University of Melbourne’s Victorian College of
the Arts (VCA) in printmaking. She is one of the successful
recipients of the University of Melbourne, Professional
Pathways Scholarship of the Faculty of VCA and MCM which
has enabled her to work at MAV for a year (March 2015-16)
and develop skills in project management and community
engagement as well as her own expertise as an artist.
Etch This’, as part of Emerge in Yarra, is produced by The
Ownership Project in partnership with Multicultural Arts
Victoria and supported by the Creative Victoria, City of Yarra
and the University of Melbourne, Professional Pathways
Scholarship of the Faculty of VCA and MCM.
Saba’s Health Foods
Saba founded Saba’s Health Food to make Teff accessible to all
Australians. As an Ethiopian-Australian growing up eating Teff
and having a coeliac younger sister, she wanted to bring this
super grain to all Australians. Teff is an ancient Ethiopian grain,
packed with nutrition and naturally gluten free.
Saba will be present at all the Emerge Festival Hub events
selling Teff grain bakery products, tea and coffee. She will also
be feeding the masses with a specially cooked Ethiopian lunch,
dinner and Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony at A Comedy Shindig
on Tuesday 16th June & the Craftanoon @ Cubbies on Saturday
20th June.
Guled Abdulwasi
Emerge in Yarra illustrator & projectionist
Guled Abdulwasi is a multidisciplinary artist based at the Yarra
Youth Services Art Studio with mentor Chris Parkinson and
is completing a Bachelor of Design (Architecture) at Deakin
University. Primarily inspired by culture and geometry and
drawing from his research in Pop Art, abstract art and Cubism,
Guled works across visual media exploring the relationship
between art, architecture, space and our cultural and social
interactions with these aspects of our built environment. He
has also recently commenced a mentorship with print-maker
Minela Krupic. Guled’s works have been exhibited in Emerge
Festival 2014, Signal Screen Commissions 2014 and he was
a finalist in the City of Yarra uneARThed Prize presented at
Collingwood Gallery.
Guled has created the artwork for the Emerge Festival
promotional material. His projections will be showing as part
of the DESTA Night at Luwow and the Emerge Festival Closing
Party at The Workers Club. His printmaking work will also be
exhibited at The Ownership Project as part of Etch This. He’s
pretty much the star of the show.
South Melbourne Town Hall
Level 1, 208-220 Bank Street
South Melbourne, VIC 3205
T: +61 3 9188 3681
F: +61 3 9686 6643
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Mon-Fri: 9.30am-5pm