Immigration Museum and Multicultural Arts Victoria join forces to present Generations – a new multi-generational, multi-artform, multi-perspective festival exploring new ways of belonging.
Join artists from diverse backgrounds and unite for a day of dynamic artistic exchange, performance and discourse, in creative pursuit of a future worth sharing.
Cross-cultural 10-piece band Assembly will open the outdoor stage; followed by Afro-Latin collaboration Evolution led by Iaki Vallejo; five-piece Greek band Open Jam Kafeneio; and Voice for Change artists and mentors Thando, MoMO and Ror performing alongside VFC Next Gen protégés for a rap, hip-hop and soul-infused set.
Singer-songwriter Adrian Eagle will close the day with a set of uplifting hip-hop and street-gospel in one of his last performances in Australia before touring the US with Hilltop Hoods.
Between performances, the courtyard will come alive with moves for all with L2R crew hip-hop dance workshops and the gentler rhythms of participatory Chinese Square Dancing.
Join us from 11am in the majestic Long Room for Artists at the Threshold, an inter-generational panel of diverse artists including Maxine Beneba Clarke, Jason Tamiru, Leah Jing McIntosh, Thando, Mamo Alto and more as they consider the role and influence of those who’ve come before and those who follow, in their work and culture.
Following this the Long Room will come alive with performances from Yorta Yorta storyteller, Allara Briggs-Pattison; Fipe Preuss & Irihipeti Waretini's Vasa Pasifika; and Bosnian-Herzogovnian project MIRAZ which brings together Saray Illuminado quartet, Kud Dukat dancers, projection artist Elmedin Žunić, and internationally recognised poet Aiša Hadžiahmetovic to present music, poetry and cultural ritual.
In the intimate space of the Discovery Centre hear spoken word and multilingual works by Melbourne Spoken Word and the Australian Multilingual Writing Project.
Other performances art, activities and exhibitions unfurling across the day include Story IS Connection which opens up the stage to International Students exploring their identity through theatre, roaming performance pieces Hybrid Bird by Joshinder Cheggar, Knitting a Home by Miream Salameh and Fragments & Remnants by Jonathan Homsey plus traditional dominoes and henna tattoos brought to you by the Hadhrami community all alongside our current suite of exhibitions Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks.
In addition there will be a wide range of food options including Massi di munde 2 Indian food truck, Tastes of Senegal, and the Hmong Community food stall, with vegetarian, vegan and halal options available.
Check out the full program and schedule at multiculturalarts.com.au.